4th Annual Saginaw Valley LGBT & Allies Pride Awards Banquet

Celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Stonewall
June 26, 2012
Andersen Enrichment Center


Evening Emcee—Dr. Charisa Urbano
6 – 7 p.m. Reception Lucille Andersen Rose Garden
7 – 8 p.m. Dinner catered by The Savoy, Grill in the Hall of Fame Room
8 – 9 p.m. Welcome – Rick Farrand
Pride Program – Dr. Charisa Urbano
Guest Speaker – Michelle Brown, Detroit based speaker, author and activist The Road to Equality Begins at the Intersection of Social Justice and LGBT Equality
Pride Awards – Charis Urbano, Tim Atkinson,
Rick Farrand

2012 Pride Award Recipients

 Business Pride Award – Court St. Grill/Eric Phillips

The Court St. Grill (formerly Café) and owner Eric Phillips (Saginaw) receive a Business Pride award for endless support: offered his restaurant for Tri-City LGBT Pride festival planning meetings; attended meetings, shared suggestions, donated spaghetti dinners and booth food ($200). His staff, mother & father assisted with the booth – Mom’s sign idea: Eat Under the Rainbow. Eric donated ALL food booth 2012 profits for the Pride 2013 – more than $600! Thank you, The Court St. Grill and Eric.


 Business Pride Award – Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe/Carrie Fisher

The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe (Midland, Saginaw and soon Bay City) and owner Carrie J. Fisher are honored with a Business Pride Award for: donating desserts for Perceptions, PFLAG, and Dow’s GLAD (Gays Lesbians and Allies at Dow) functions; sponsoring the 2011 Nat’l Coming Out Day concert featuring Eric Himan at Pit & Balcony and her involvement with the Chocolate Party, Perceptions Friday dinners, especially Dow’s GLAD events. Her Facebook fan-page features: pro-equality pro-motion at Midland’s The Laramie Project; her business’ participation with the Tri-City Pride Festival; photos of local commitment ceremonies and same-sex wedding cake toppers. Friendly Carrie gladly donates and volunteers when asked. Thank you!


 Pride Award – Tana Michaels

Tana Michaels (Saginaw) receives a Pride Award for her contributions in music and journalism. Tana, a singer/guitar player and journalist, has donated her time and talent to many LGBT causes including 2007 Respect Fest, 2011 & 2012 Tri-City Pride Festivals, Perceptions & PFLAG Wine Tasting event and others. She is the former editor of the Perceptions Newsletter and a regular writer for Between The Lines, Michigan’s LGBT newspaper


 Political Pride Award – Kyle Bostwick

Kyle Bostwick (Saginaw) receives the 2012 Political Pride Award. During high school Kyle joined the Saginaw County Democratic Party and has been an active member since. He has worked and managed local and state campaigns and currently serves as treasurer for the Saginaw County Democratic Party, treasurer of the Saginaw Area Democratic Club and as the Legislative Aide for State Rep. Charlie Brunner, 96th District (Bay County). As a political professional in Lansing and locally, Kyle will continue to work on the civil rights for all people. Kyle is a great role model to young individuals who aspire to a career in politics.





 Pride Award – Class of 2012 Sacred Heart Academy – Mt Pleasant

The 2012 Class of Sacred Heart Academy (Mt. Pleasant) will receive a Pride Award. The school asked Dominic Sheahan-Stahl, 1998 graduate and actor, to speak at graduation. Dominic’s brother, Willi, was graduating. When the school learned that Dominic was gay and planned to marry his partner in New York, Saginaw’s Bishop Cistone rescinded the invitation. The students launched a national campaign Let Dominic Speak and organized an inclusive graduation called Live Through Love at CMU where Dominic delivered his speech to the graduating class and about 800 community members. Live Through Love sparked a national discussion about young Christians standing up for the values they believe. The Bishop’s actions sent a message that gay/lesbian people are not worthy of dignity. The students had the courage to stand up for what they believe to be right.


 Pride Award – Leo Romo

Leo Romo (Saginaw) is a tireless activist, attending state and national conferences to champion LGBT causes. He’s an organizer, activist, adviser, educator and friend to many in the community. Leo serves on the Saginaw HIV/AIDS Task Force; organized the 2009 Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event, set up most PFLAG and Perceptions speakers for several years and is trying to establish a record of local LGBT history. He is the current president of PFLAG Tri-Cities and belongs to other LGBT organizations. Leo has been involved with Perceptions Saginaw Valley since established, served on the board and he remains as an adviser. He was the creator of the Pride Awards banquet and served as its chairman for three years.


 Lifetime Achievement Pride Award – Barbara Klimaszewski

Barbara Klimaszewski (Saginaw) receives the Lifetime Achievement Pride Award. She is a Saginaw criminal and civil rights attorney and has been active in the LGBT community for over 35 years. Throughout her career, Barb has fought for equality and civil rights for all people. When members of the LGBT community had no one to stand up for them, Klimaszewski provided representation. In 1976 she began the Underground Railroad, a place where battered women and their children could escape. Its formation marked the first free standing, emergency women’s shelter in Michigan. Barb is a long-time member of the ACLU, the Criminal Defense Association of Michigan and serves as an adviser to the Perceptions board. We honor Barb this award with all-embraced gratitude.


Special Thank You

Tim Atkinson
The Savoy Grill
Randy Hasso
The Metro Grill & The Mixx
Charissa Urbano
Leo Romo
Daphne Barkley
Rick Farrand
Mike Mercer’s PC
Pride Banquet Sponsors and YOU!

Pride Award Selection Committee

Rick Farrand
Kathy VanBuskirk
Tim Atkinson
Steve Magstadt
Randy Hasso

2012 Pride Banquet Sponsors

Harvey Milk*

In Honor of Dignity Tri-Cities
PFLAG Tri-Cities
Mike’s Wrecker Service
Michael Mercer & Chas Laundra
Garnet Lewis & Vicky Cobb
Tom Burkey
William Giorgis & Russell Inman
The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe
In support of all the Queer kids in the Thumb that now have a place to go. Zachary D. Bauer, Executive Director, Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center – who was once one of those queer kids from Vassar, Michigan

Ellen DeGeneres

Floyd Andrick
Kay Sural & Janis Russell
Barb Mausolf
Tom Brubaker & Marc Cesere


Rev. Rebecca Dunn
Leo R. Romo


Rick C. Farrand
In Memory of Clayton F. Diebold, 1951-2011
In Memory of Allan M. Corrion, 1962-2012
In Memory of Timothy S. Fishell, 1966-2011
In Honor of Dominic Sheahan-Stahl
In Memory of Bob (Reno) Romagnali, 1932-2012
Fred Eland
Harvey Milk* $100                   Advocate $25
Ellen DeGeneres $50               Patron $10

From Rick Farrand, Pride Banquet Chair

Stonewall happened 43 years ago on June 28, 1969. LGBT people fought against the government-sponsored system that persecuted gays in New York City. Recently President Obama endorsed marriage equality: people can marry the person whom they love. We witness history.
The Saginaw area is changing. The second annual public Tri-City Pride Festi-val was last Saturday, June 23rd on Ojibway Island. Local people celebrated LGBT Pride without shame. We witness history.
Thank you for attending the 4th Annual Saginaw Valley LGBT & Allies Pride Banquet and being part of LGBT and allies history.
Tonight’s banquet has two goals: To celebrate the 43rd Anniversary of Stonewall when LGBT people de-manded equality.
• To honor local individuals and businesses who have worked to improve the LGBT and greater communities. You will meet them, listen to their stories and understand why they are honored.

From Tim Atkinson, Chair

Perceptions Saginaw Valley is proud to present the 4th annual Saginaw Valley LGBT & Allies Pride Awards Banquet this evening.
For more than a decade, Perceptions has been a steady force in our community advocating for acceptance, equality and respect for all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. As an all-volunteer, non-profit community organization, Perceptions offers a variety of educational, social and networking opportunities for residents of the Saginaw Valley region.
We hope that you will enjoy this evening’s program and that you will be en-couraged and inspired by the efforts of those honored here tonight to (in the words of Ghandi) “be the change that you want to see in the world.”
Thank you for attending tonight and for your support in our ongoing effort to enrich the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and our community.

About Perceptions Saginaw Valley

Perceptions is a non-profit community organization that offers educational, social and networking opportunities for Tri-Cities (Midland, Bay City and Saginaw) and surrounding areas. Perceptions strives to foster a positive image for the gay, bisexual and transgender community and our allies.

Perceptions 2012 Board of Trustees

Tim Atkinson – Chair
Sally Mims – Vice-Chair
Kathy Lloyd – Secretary
Daphne Barkley – Treasurer
Rick Farrand
Thomas Brubaker
Jim Kleinsorge
Dann Federico
Diedra Knox
Kay Sural
Kathy Lloyd


Barb Klimaszewski

Leo Romo