Nashville's LGBT community is filled with unsung heroes making phenomenal contributions to the city and its citizens. In 2009, OutCentral Cultural Center developed an awards program, Autumn Honors, to recognize incredible leaders who are breaking new ground in a myriad of pursuits to further establish a positive image of LGBT people everywhere.
Autumn Honors 2015 will take place from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on October 14, 2015. The evening's festivities, which also mark OutCentral's eighth anniversary, will recognize individuals and organizations who have made — and continue to make — a difference in Middle Tennessee through visual and performing arts, literature and journalism, fashion, cuisine, philanthropy, education and athletics.
Mr. Benson has spent 22 years working for the City of Nashville, first for the Mayor's Office and now in Parks and Recreation. He worked tirelessly to rally support for legislation guaranteeing domestic benefits for Metro employees. It was largely thanks to his efforts that the Metro Council passed the legislation this June.
Mr. Bridges is a fixture of both Nashville's fine arts scene and local journalism. He has served as the city's Director of Cultural Affairs and Classical Music Editor for the Tennessean. He gained a wide following as an award-winning columnist and editor for the Nashville Scene, associate editor for Nostalgia magazine, and as an etiquette columnist for Traditional Home.
Ms. Buhl has served on the boards of numerous community organizations over the years. These include the Metro Human Relations Commission, for which she established the Metro Human Relations Fund via the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Throughout her public service career, Ms. Buhl has been a tireless advocate for LGBT rights in the Nashville area.
Mr. Felker's recent appointment as Chair of the Metropolitan Board of Health is the latest addition to a resume that includes work with the Human Rights Campaign, Nashville CARES, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the Stonewall Bar Association, and the Tennessee Equality Project.
Ms. Rubenfeld's private law practice in Nashville focuses on family law, sexual orientation and AIDS-related issues. She has served as Legal Director of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., and on the board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign. She is a past recipient of the Bill of Rights Award from the ACLU of Tennessee, and the Dan Bradley Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association.
Nancy A. VanReece
Nancy VanReece's mission is to advocate creative opportunities to help communities, businesses and individuals achieve their full potential. VanReece has provided detailed social media and social communications strategies for 17 arts organizations in Tennessee. She served as the Executive Dir of Nashville Shakespeare Festival launching the Winter Shakes program in 2008 and worked with Nashville Symphony on increasing online engagements to well over 500 interactions a week by 2013. She is the Comminity Partnership Consultant for Nashville Health Management Foundation and is helping launch hivmidtn.org as a resource tool. She recently announced her 2015 run for Nashville Metro Council District 8.
Mr. Westerholm represents East Nashville's District 6 on the Metro Council, and currently serves on the boards of Nashville Public Television, the Brooks Fund, and on the Mayor's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He has previously served on the boards of the Tennessee Equality Project, Nashville Pride, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra League, among others.