On The Scene: The 2022 Inaugural SpeakOut “I am” Awards

There are only two words to describe the 2022 inaugural SpeakOut “I am” Awards. The awards ceremony was simply inspiring and uplifting. As many may know, SpeakOut is a nonprofit community engagement organization that advocates for same-gender-loving men and women of color. Founded in 2017, this organization now supports more than 6,000 individuals. The Founder, Anthonio Driver explained that the mission of his organization is to educate, support, and connect LGBTQ+community of color through social media engagement, mentorship, personal empowerment, and health awareness. Many have expressed that SpeakOut changed their lives for the better. It showed in the contagious and positive energy that was present at the “I Am” awards ceremony. The event was hosted by the one and only, Vivica A. Fox and Los Angeles-based aspiring actor, J’Lamar. The hosts recognized many trailblazing individuals who have contributed to the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ+ community. The evening started at the Hamilton with a media press, where all guests showed up dressed in their best outfits. During that time, people got to meet and greet celebrities, and old and new friends while they sipped on some fine cocktails. After mingling, the guests were welcomed with live performances by artists like Avery Wilson, Summer Pearson, DJ Jash Jay, and many more. Aside from the great ambiance and the fancy outfits, it was so great to see many people come together for a great cause. The organization planned a fundraiser that was out of this world. The room was filled with pioneers and individuals who wanted to see change and decided to act on it. The message of the night was “If everyone does something, no one will have to do anything.” We honestly could not agree more.

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