GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Guilford Green Foundation has launched its first-ever Leadership Awards, designed to recognize the courage and generosity of selfless “unsung heroes” from the LGBT and straight ally communities.

This special presentation will be awarded at their Gala celebration on March 31, 2012.

Currently, they are seeking names for worthy recipients to begin their selection process. Often great candidates are overlooked, executive director Shane Burton said. The Foundation does not want to miss the opportunity of recognizing laudable achievements. Deadline is Jan. 17, 2012.

The following are nomination categories: GGF Visionary Award, given to one who has championed the vision of a better world for the LGBT community; GGF Distinguished Service Award, given to an individual who has provided years of outstanding service to the Piedmont Triad LGBT community; and GFF Distinguished Leadership Award, presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership for a specific event, project or situation.

For nomination forms or for more information, visit ggfnc.org.

Shooting range draws fire

RURAL HALL, N.C. — ProShots Range, 1013 Bethania Rural Hall Rd., has received a plethora of flack over its “Pansies Converted Daily” billboard on display just outside Winston-Salem.

According to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) website who cited a Towleroad report, Kathy Clark alerted Equality North Carolina (ENC) about her disdain over the billboard. She indicated that her sister reached out to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to remove it. They had given the shooting range a grant for advertising. The foundation was unaware of the billboard.

The scuttlebutt prompted ENC, GLAAD and the NSSF to demand for its removal. “Words and images have a powerful effect on all people, including the LGBT community, and it is important that companies using homophobic euphemisms in their advertisements are held accountable,” a GLAAD statement reads.

Officials at ProShots said they never meant to offend anyone and that their management had already decided to take the billboard down once they realized how the “potential offensive implications” were. They shared their views on their Facebook page which fielded a cross-range of comments from its friends.

Lainey Millen

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