Congratulations are in order!
The Voice’s Steven Thrasher has just been named the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association journalist of the year. Chris Geidner — formerly of Metro Weekly, now of BuzzFeed, and frequent Voice video guest — won NLGJA’s other annual award, the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media.
Thrasher, who has been at this paper since 2009, won the accolade for work that has appeared in the Voice, New York Times, and Out. The Voice stories recognized by NLGJA include “Diaz Family Values” — which details Rubén Díaz Sr.’s bomb-lobbing against gay rights, his borough president son, and his lesbian granddaughter — and “Maybe I do And Maybe I Don’t” — which explains some gays’ decision not to marry.
The Association said in a statement: “Whether it is about multigenerational gay families, a homeless shelter for LGBT youth,or a controversial political dynasty involved in New York’s same-sex marriage battles, Thrasher’s work succeeds at being interesting and unexpected. A keen interviewer and beautiful writer, his willingness to move beyond the usual in covering LGBT lives hit its peak this year.”
Thrasher has won many awards and accolades throughout his career as a reporter and filmmaker.
In 2011, his Voice cover profile of Lt. Dan Choi, Bad Lieutenant, took second place in an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies contest. He was awarded the 2010 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, given by Hunter College, for “Ronnie’s Kids: The Bright Side of ‘Amnesty.'” Thrasher also won the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project, in addition to others.
“I’m extremely honored to have my work recognized by my peers at the National Association of Lesbian and Gay Journalists, and especially excited to be accepting this award at the UNITY Journalists of Color convention,” said Thrasher, who will be recognized at that meeting in Las Vegas this August.
“I’m very grateful to my photojournalist collaborators C.S. Muncy and Kevin Amato; to my editors Ward Harkavy and Tony Ortega; and to everyone at the Village Voice, which has given me the most wonderful home to write about things which are important to me. Most of all, I am forever indebted to the brave men, women, and children who have talked so freely with me and entrusted me with the honor of sharing their stories of what it’s like to be LGBT in America in this moment.”
Congrats again, Steven. We’re very proud of you!
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