White House Call for Nominations: The Presidential Citizens Medal

The White House is currently accepting nominations for The Presidential Citizens Medal. (Deadline: April 24, 2012)

The 2012 Citizens Medal will recognize “citizens of the United States of America who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” Executive Order 11494 (Nov. 13, 1969). It is generally recognized as one of our nation’s highest civilian honor.

GLASS encourages its members and supporters to nominate individuals in their local communities who have made a significant impact on the lives of LGBT individuals. Last year more than 6,000 individuals were nominated for this prestigious awards, and 13 of them came to the White House to receive the Citizens Medal. Past recipients include:

• Janice Langbehn, who was refused access to her partner in the hospital, brought attention to visitation rights for gay and lesbian couples for hospitals receiving federal Medicare or Medicaid funds.
• Liz and Steve Alderman lost their son, Peter, in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. The organization they founded in memory of their son works to heal the emotional wounds of victims of terrorism and mass violence across the world.
• Margaret Martin’s organization, Harmony Project, makes quality arts education available to those in the most underserved, gang-reduction zones of Los Angeles.

Nominations must be received by Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Full criteria, a list of past winners, and the nomination form can be found at:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/citizensmedal/submit-a-nomination

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