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LGBTQ Trailblazers To Be Honored In Virtual Celebration

Rainbow Eldercare of Dayton

On October, 20, 2020, Daytonians will pay homage to several notable figures who have made significant contributions to the local LGBTQ community.

This year’s Rubi Awards honors 14 Greater Dayton people, including allies and support organizations. They'll be honored as “trailblazers” for equal rights.

Jerry Mallicoat is a leader with the Greater Dayton LGBTQ Her/History Project. He also

“You could kind of feel the love and the pride in the room last year," he says of the first awards ceremony. That event was a live, sold-out gathering of more than 200 people.

"So, we're gonna try to pull some of that off again this year with the virtual format. And we think we think we can do that. We have some special things planned.”

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will deliver a message during the event, as will Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana - the first open openly gay man to run for president.

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Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.