ST. LOUIS, Mo — The Human Rights Campaign awarded The Vital Voice magazine its first ever “Equality In Media” award during the HRC’s “Homecoming: The 20th Anniversary St. Louis Human Rights Campaign Dinner Gala” on Sept. 22.
A spokesperson for the HRC indicated that The Vital Voice, which has been in publication since 1981 when it was known as the Gay & Lesbian News Telegraph, has been an important facet in advancing LGBT equality rights in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, and throughout most of eastern Missouri.
“Vital Voice was very instrumental in helping relocate The LGBT Center of St. Louis to its new location. Previously we were housed on the 4th floor of an unmarked building in a not so desirable part of town,” said Leon A. Braxton, Jr., Executive Director of the LGBT Center of St. Louis.
“Through the Vital Voice, the LGBT Center of St. Louis has been able to reach a broader audience and become better connected not only to the St. Louis LGBT Community but to the entire City of St. Louis. This relationship has lead donors, sponsors, events, news media and greater notoriety to the LGBT Center of St. Louis,” he said. “We owe a large portion of our success to Vital VOICE.”
Vital Voice publisher Darin Slyman credited the hard work of his staff and the enormous support the publication receives from the local LGBT community.
“We know that the more our community knows about each other the stronger we become,” Slyman said. “And the more the world knows about us (LGBT people) the quicker our march towards full equality under the law.”
Slyman and Executive Editor Colin Murphy accepted the award on behalf of the publication.
Editor’s Note: The Vital Voice is a media partner of LGBTQ Nation.