Nominees sought for Rainbow Keshet awards

The 2nd Annual Rainbow Keshet Awards committee is seeking nominations honoring individuals in Southern Arizona who have helped make the local community and the world a better place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and families.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m.

The Rainbow Keshet Awards were created as a partnership between the LGBT Jewish Inclusion Project of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, Temple Emanu-El and the Israel Center to celebrate extraordinary acts of service and achievements made by and for LGBT people.

Nominations are being accepted through Sept. 19 in two categories: LGBT Professional and LGBT Civil Rights Activist.

The first category recognizes an LGBT person who, through their profession or community service, has contributed in social service areas such as child welfare, poverty, homelessness and hunger, legal

aid, environmental stewardship, domestic abuse, refugee resettlement and immigration, disaster relief, community interfaith work and youth empowerment.

The second category recognizes any individual, straight or gay, whose activism on behalf of the LGBT community has created tangible social or political change. Examples include grassroots campaigns, legal challenges, non-violent protest, working with local government to adopt measures that protect the rights of LGBT people in Arizona, or raising awareness on issues such as marriage equality, transgender awareness, LGBT adoption and partnership benefits.

Visit www.jfsa.org/lgbt for more information. E-mail nominations to mpaley@jfsa.org or mail to 3822 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718, Attention: Rainbow Keshet Awards Nominations Committee. Submissions should include only one nomination per category.