For the LGBT community, it was the best of times and the worst of times.

In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage — particularly meaningful here in Snyder-Schuette Land, where it was still banned. But in June this year, a homophobic homegrown terrorist gunned down 49 people and wounded 53 others at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando.

This strikes us at City Pulse as an especially good year to kick off an annual event called the City Pulse Inclusion Awards — to honor people who helped fight for accomplishments and who are still putting up the good fight against the community’s continuing struggles.

To this end, we are seeking nominations in two broad categories: individuals and businesses/organizations. Keep in mind that these are awards for both members of the LGBT community and friends and allies, whether they are individuals, organizations and businesses.

On Friday, Aug. 26, we will honor the winners at a party at Spiral Dance Bar. It is a ticketed event, but what a deal: For $20 in advance or $25 at the door, you’ll receive food, two drink tickets and a wristband for that night’s pride party at Spiral. Thanks, Spiral, for helping make this happen!

We need your nominations pronto. We’re a little late coming up with this idea, so you only have till Tuesday, Aug. 2, to fill out the nomination form at We’re putting together a committee of individuals and representatives of gay and gay-friendly area organizations to decide on the recipients. Winners will be announced in City Pulse’s annual pride issue, on Aug. 24.

Then come join the party at Spiral and be part of a new tradition.

To nominate: go to and fill out the application. Deadline, Tuesday. Aug. 2. Nominations are for members of the LGBT community as well as friends and allies. Nominees can be individuals and organizations/businesses.

To attend: $20 in advance by calling Suzi with your credit card at (517) 999- 6704 weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or buy at the door for $25 a person. The event is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug 26, at Spiral Dance Bar, 1247 Center St., in Lansing’s Old Town. Ticket includes appetizers from Zaytoon’s and other eateries, two drink coupons and a wristband for that night’s pride party at Spiral. Awards ceremony begins at 8 p.m.