On February 27, after the first night of the LGBTQ+ miniseries “When We Rise,” Indianapolis television station RTV6 featured Spencer Pride in a segment that highlights our work in helping to make Indiana a more welcoming place for all people. Paris Lewbell, an investigative reporter from RTV6 (also called “The Indy Channel”) selected Spencer Pride for this opportunity after learning how Spencer Pride has ‘become an emerging leader in LGBT equality in Indiana.”
We were thrilled to get this attention from one of the largest television stations in Indiana.
You can see the promotion for the segment here: RTV6 Promo 2017 02 27
To see the full segment, which includes an interview with Spencer Pride’s president Jonathan Balash, please visit the link below. In addition to Jonathan, several other volunteers are shown in the segment.
On Friday evening, Spencer Pride was honored in Indianapolis as a 2017 “Champion of Diversity.” Spencer Pride was among several organizations & individuals who received recognition at the 12th annual Champions of Diversity awards banquet. The event is coordinated by Indiana Minority Business Magazine & the Indianapolis Recorder. The banquet took place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis. Hundreds of people were present for the evening’s festivities, which included the dinner, awards ceremony, & an after-party. Although there was fear of an icy, wintry mix coming into the region that evening, thankfully the weather held out so that attendees could safely travel to and from the event.
RTV6’s news anchor Rafael Sanchez presented the award to Jonathan Balash, Spencer Pride’s president.
“It was such an honor to be able to accept the award on behalf of our Spencer Pride volunteers,” said Balash. “To hear someone speak about our work from that stage, in that forum, was a wonderful feeling.”
In addition to Jonathan, a variety of other Spencer Pride volunteers were also in attendance at the event, including Jacob Balash, director Cathy Wyatt & her husband Dan Wyatt, director Dylan Heaslet, director Eric Jones, & Lacey Newton.
The award is proudly on display at the Spencer Pride commUnity center.
Spencer Pride, Inc., is excited to announce that we’ve been chosen as a 2017 Champion of Diversity honoree by Indiana Minority Business Magazine. The award letter explains, “Spencer Pride has been selected because your collective efforts have set the example on how to reflect inclusion in the community.” The letter further details, “Your diligent work to advocate for the LGBTQ community and create real change that focuses on creating atmospheres that embody safety and equality for those who are underrepresented exemplifies the qualities that we look for in a champion.”
Dana Beth Evans, a Spencer Pride Director, said, “As a member of Spencer Pride, I am extremely proud of this organization. These are some of the nicest, most organized people with whom I have been associated. They give and educate and are truly caring individuals. It is certainly an honor to be associated with this group and to have such a prestigious award bestowed on us.”
For more than a decade, Indiana Minority Business Minority Magazine has recognized individuals, organizations, and institutions that have shown tremendous efforts in the area of diversity and inclusion.
“The success of the Spencer Pride Festival, where vendors and entertainers display their support for the community around the Owen County Courthouse grounds by hosting booths of information and activism; the numerous ways in which we help educate the public about LGBTQ issues; and the community service work we do make me so PROUD to be on the Board of Directors with Spencer Pride,” said Rex Hinkle, Director.
Spencer Pride, Inc., has been working for the last 10 years to make Indiana a more inclusive place for all people. We are very honored to be recognized for this work.