For Release: Announcing Annual Award Recipients

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Recognizing leaders in the community bringing a positive impact to LGBTQ lives


Charlottesville, VA – Monday, September 11, 2017 – Cville Pride is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual awards recognizing local individuals whose work has benefitted and improved lives in the LGBTQ community. The Cornerstone Award, recognizing substantial contributions and dedication that have created a broad and significant impact on the foundations of the LGBTQ community of Charlottesville, goes to both Dr. Nancy McLaren and Karen Barker. The Impact Award, recognizing significant contributions to developing the community, goes to Remy St. Clair.

Dr. McClarenDr. Nancy McLaren, Assistant Professor at UVA’s Department of Pediatrics, a clinician and Medical Director for the University of Virginia Teen and Young Adult Health Center, has been providing health services to individuals in the LGBTQ community, particularly teenagers and young adults who are marginalized, queer, questioning, or identified as transgender. She was instrumental in creating UVA’s Transgender Health Clinic for youth — the only one of its kind for the region. Dr. McLaren is one of the originating members of the Transgender Health Alliance of Charlottesville VA (THACVA) — a group of medical and mental health providers as well as advocates, allies and members of the community whose mission is to provide health services to patients and families. Her values-driven work focuses on addressing healthcare disparities that fosters an environment of inclusiveness.
Remy St. Clair, one of the founders of the 9 Pillars Hip Hop Cultural Festival, a hiphop artist and DJ from 103 Jamz radio, has been working to bring people and communities together and to promote diversity and inclusivity and connectivity throughout the local community for years. As Cville Pride’s festival music director and, returning host, St. Clair brings his infectious, fun-loving master of ceremonies talents to the stage as well as performing himself. An innovator challenging the status quo, St. Clair has used his musical platform and deep roots in the local community to promote the voices and artistic expression of local artists, including LGBTQ artists of color. For the Cville Pride Festival, St. Clair has brought together a talented array of hip-hop performers from the area to create a showcase of talent unique to Cville Pride Festival and the region.


Karen Barker is co-founder and member of the Transgender Health Alliance of Central Virginia. She is also a board member of Blue Ridge PFLAG and was on the organizing committee and volunteer coordinator of the first Cville Pride Festival.

The Cville Pride Festival will take place on September 16, from 11-7 at the Sprint Pavilion on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, VA. The festival is free and family-friendly, featuring over 60 vendors, plus food trucks, beer and wine, a children’s area with moon bounce, a free photo booth, and more.

To schedule interviews or coverage, please contact Amy-Sarah Marshall at or 434.882.1588 (cell).

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