Nashville Pride Equality Awards

Each year Nashville Pride recognizes people, businesses, and community groups making a difference.  Award winners will lead the annual Equality Walk and be recognized from the festival Main Stage on Saturday June 23rd.


Each year Nashville Pride celebrates those in the community that are integral in helping bring together the annual celebration.

Mark Middleton/Bianca Paige Pride Volunteer Award, given to a Nashville Pride volunteer who embodies Mark Middleton’s passion for and commitment to the GLBT community and Nashville’s annual Pride Festival.

The Mark Manasco Community Service Award, given to a member of the LGBTQ community who demonstrates Manasco’s devotion to community service and GLBT organizations.

Nashville Pride Trailblazer Award, given to individuals whose pioneering work and social justice activism helped pave the way for the vibrant LGBTQ community that is celebrated at Pride, as well as around the world. 


Ally Award CAM                                                                  

Mark Manasco Community Service Chris Ott

Philanthropic Business Award Out and About Nashville     


Ally Award Margaret Ellis                                                                  

Mark Manasco Community Service Kesley Page/Out Central and T.K. Hampton/You Shall LHiV

Bianca Paige Pride Volunteer Joseph Woodson    

Philanthropic Business Award   Performance Studios and Slim & Husky's     

Trailblazer Awards Greg Howard and Chely Wright

2017 Awards

Ally Award Kathy Halbroooks and Maneet Chauhuan                   

Rising Star Shawn Reilly                                                 

Mark Manasco Community Service     Linda Welch

Bianca Paige Pride Volunteer  Joey Leslie and Vickie Davis     

Philanthropic Business Award   Ron Sanford Productions     

Trailblazer Awards Lavender Country 


2016 Awards

Ally Award         Rep. John Ray Clemons, Senator Jeff Yarbo                   

Rising Star       Brandon Anderson                                                     

Mark Manasco Community Service     Justin Sweatman-Weaver, Marisa J. Richmond 

Bianca Paige Pride Volunteer         Lisa Howe and the Oasis Center     

Philanthropic Business Award        Bacon & Caviar


2015 Awards

Ally Award                Pastor Stan Mitchell of Gracepointe Church and Mayor Karl Dean      

Rising Star                 Shaun Arroyo and Derrick Lachney                                           

Mark Manasco Community Service      Jim Schmidt/Joe Woolley and Greg Cason   

Bianca Paige Pride Volunteer  Allan Gonce and Covenant of the Cross Church              

Philanthropic Business Award    Erica & Chris Rain of The Chef & I and Phil Cobucci and the team at BAM! Social Business      


2014 Awards

Ally Award                                        Nashville Metro Council and Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors    

Rising Star                                         Joseph Brownell, Garrard Wesson, Bobby Thompson  

Mark Manasco Community Service   Dwayne Jenkins

Bianca Paige Pride Volunteer              Randall Roop

Philanthropic Business Award           Jack Davis, JD Events and Festivals and Jenn Garrett, Solve Solutions


2013 Awards

Ally Award                         Nashville CVB     

Rising Star                         Kerrie Turney,  Jessi Coggins, Jen Cowherd, Amanda Henson

Mark Manasco Community Service   Music City Sisters

Bianca Paige Pride Volunteer              Debra Hyslop

Philanthropic Business Award           Joey Brown, Play Dance Bar


2012 Awards

Ally Award                                           Shea Webber, Nashville Predators

Rising Star                                           Annie Golighty, Jennifer Bieta, Heather Hauser

Mark Manasco Community Service      Chris Sanders

Bianca Paige Pride Volunteer              Pam Wheeler  

Philanthropic Business Award             Arnold Myint


2011 Awards

Ally Award                                           Mike Curb, Curb Records

Rising Star                                           Heather Thompson

Mark Manasco Community Service      Outcentral Board of Directors

Bianca Paige Pride Volunteer              Mac and Keith Hinkle