On Friday evening Andy Bell presented San Francisco Pride’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Ambassador James Hormel at a special ceremony at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. Here, courtesy of Paul Hickey, is a copy of Andy’s speech…
“I am honoured to present the 2010 San Francisco Pride Lifetime Achievement Award to Ambassador James Hormel!
The San Francisco Pride Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who, over time, has given their energy, activism, leadership, and passion to LGBT communities. A noted philanthropist, lawyer, and academic, and an out gay man, Ambassador James Hormel has been a trailblazing leader of the community. He co-founded the human rights campaign and funded the essential Gay & Lesbian Centre at the San Francisco Public Library. In 1997, President Bill Clinton nominated Mr. Hormel to be Ambassador of Luxembourg, a nomination challenged for two years based on Hormel’s sexuality. But in 1999 he became the first out, gay United States Ambassador.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognise Ambassador James Hormel!”