Mayor Durkan Honors Members of GSBA Staff & Board Members at 2018 Pride Awards

by Al Smith | Aug 01, 2018

SEATTLE (June 21, 2018) - In her first Pride Awards presentation, Mayor Durkan took the opportunity to honor the achievements of six members of the LGBTQ community. This year’s award winners have extensive experience in advocacy, leadership, and the pursuit of equality – many of the winners have worked on behalf of Seattle’s LGBTQ community for decades.

Honorees include GSBA President and CEO Louise Chernin for 2018 Established Leaders Award, GSBA Scholarship Fund Development Officer Tristen Pamphlet-Gardner, and GSBA Board Member and Executive Director of Ventures Beto Yarce, both awarded the 2018 Emerging Leaders in Pride Award. Other recipients of the 2018 Established Leader Pride Award are Monisha Harrell from Equal Rights Washington, and Charlene Strong, a distinguished LGBTQ civil rights advocate.

“Louise, Monisha, and Charlene are forces of nature and have fought for years to improve the lives of the LGBTQ community through policy and legislation,” said Mayor Durkan. “Beto and Tristen continue to raise their voices for social justice while empowering others to do the same; and Aleksa deploys humor and wit while challenging our biases and raising awareness around the important issue of addiction, which affects the LGBTQ community at a disproportionate rate. Together, these six 2018 awards recipients represent the best of Seattle.”

Chernin is receiving the award for her long time dedication and commitment and advocacy for the LGBTQ community.

Pamphlet-Gardner is being recognized as a strong advocate for Queer Trans People of Color (QTPOC) in Seattle, working to create spaces for LGBTQ+ people of color to come together for support, fellowship, and community. He has founded both a social group of nearly 500 Black LGBTQ professionals in Seattle, and Seattle Pride of Color, which aims to showcase QTPOC events happening in the Seattle area.


About the Greater Seattle Business Association

Established in 1981, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) is North America's largest LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce. GSBA represents over 1,300 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share GSBA's values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace. GSBA proudly serves as a connector across the region, bringing the community together through business while advocating for civil rights and small business, promoting LGBT tourism with its Travel Out Seattle initiative, and investing in the next generation of leaders through the GSBA Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit