Metro Weekly Party: No Jumping in Pool Until Later

Metro Weekly‘s  Next Generation Awards issue is out with profiles of its four honorees. WaPo‘s Johnathan Capehart was among a panel of eight “distinguished local leaders,” including a dermatologist, that chose the winners. Last year’s judging panel included WaPo‘s Hank Stuever.

The winners are: Gregory Cendana, Victoria Kirby, Daniel O’Neill and Sadie Ryanne Vashti.

Metro Weekly hosts a reception for them tonight in the roof-top lounge at Donovan House. Co-Publisher Sean Bugg explains the motivation behind the awards: “The idea behind the Next Generation Awards is really about both honoring and encouraging LGBT leaders under the age of 30. I think the local gay community has done a really great job honoring people who’ve devoted their lives to improving the lives of others, but we haven’t always done enough to encourage younger LGBT people to not only get involved but to stay involved.”

One rule about tonight’s party: “No one can jump into the pool until after the awards are presented — then you can cannonball all you want.”

Learn about the winners after the jump…

Greg Cendana is with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), and services on the board of National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) and the local gay Asian organization, AQUA (Asian/Pacific Islander Queers United for Action).

Victoria Kirby is the first openly gay member of the Howard University Board of Trustees, where she is a student.

Dan O’Neill is a medical student at GWU who is one of the organizers of the high-profile safer-sex condom distribution campaign, FuK!T.

Sadie Ryanne Vashti is an activist and advocate with the DC Trans Coalition.