B.A.R. freelancers receive NLGJA awards

  • by Cynthia Laird, News Editor
  • Wednesday July 26, 2023
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Victoria Brownworth, left, and Jim Gladstone were recognized with awards from NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. Photos: Courtesy the subjects<br>
Victoria Brownworth, left, and Jim Gladstone were recognized with awards from NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. Photos: Courtesy the subjects

Two arts freelancers for the Bay Area Reporter will receive awards from NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.

Victoria Brownworth, a lesbian who pens the Lavender Tube column for the B.A.R. and has written for many other publications, is the recipient of the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ+ Journalist of the Year Award, according to a news release from NLGJA. Pettit, a lesbian, was a pioneering figure in LGBTQ media. She was the founding editor of Out magazine, which she co-founded with Michael Goff. She died of lymphoma in 2003 at the age of 36.

Brownworth, who has been a columnist for the B.A.R. since 1992, wrote in an email, "I am thrilled to have been chosen for this prestigious award. At a time when the LGBTQ community is under dire threat from the MAGA GOP, and our rights are being eroded by the courts, reporting by out LGBTQ journalists has never been more crucial."

Brownworth said she is "grateful to the NLGJA for the recognition" of her reporting and the work she has done to bring "important news and feature stories and series about and for our community to both the mainstream media and our vital LGBTQ press, like the B.A.R."

Brownworth added that she and Pettit worked together at OutWeek and OUT magazines, "so winning an award named for her has special significance to me."

Jim Gladstone, a gay man who covers theater and other arts for the paper, was named the recipient of the Excellence in Travel Writing Award for "A Postcard from Berlin" for Passport magazine. (https://passportmagazine.com/a-postcard-from-berlin/)

"The award is a big honor and a big surprise," Gladstone wrote in an email. "I didn't enter the competition. My story was entered by Passport editor in chief Robert Adams. I've been writing for Passport since 2002, when it was based in an office on Castro Street (it's now in New York)."

B.A.R. arts and nightlife editor Jim Provenzano, a gay man, praised both writers.

"Victoria A. Brownworth's recognition is well deserved," Provenzano stated. "Along with her political journalism for other publications, she has produced a television column for the B.A.R. for nearly three decades that explores visibility of LGBTQ actors and characters, and also offers insight on societal changes in media representation.

"From his features on musical theater to dramatic plays and cabaret artists, writer Jim Gladstone has provided insightful input through his reviews and deft interviews with performers," he added. "His recognized work for Passport also includes literary and travel features."

B.A.R. publisher Michael Yamashita, a gay man, congratulated Brownworth and Gladstone.

"I'm not surprised that Victoria Brownworth has garnered another award for her writing accomplishments," Yamashita stated. "She deserves NLGJA's recognition of journalist of the year."

He added, "B.A.R. readers know Jim Gladstone for his consistent, insightful theater reviews, but now also a talented travel writer. Kudos to both Victoria and James!"

In addition to Brownworth and Gladstone, a number of other journalists were also recognized with awards. NLGJA officials commended all of them.

"We are thrilled to recognize the exceptional work of LGBTQ+ journalists through our Excellence in Journalism Awards," stated NLGJA Executive Director Adam Pawlus. "It is truly gratifying to be part of an organization that uplifts and celebrates the best that LGBTQ+ journalism has to offer. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for your invaluable contributions to our communities."

National board President Ken Miguel, a gay San Francisco resident who works for KGO-TV, expressed his enthusiasm for this year's award recipients, stating, "On behalf of the association, I offer my congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Excellence in Journalism Awards. Each recipient has demonstrated outstanding skill, integrity, and commitment to reporting stories that are essential for LGBTQ+ visibility and equality. Your dedication to highlighting diverse voices, uncovering important issues, and promoting understanding is an inspiration to us all."

For the complete list of awardees, go to nlgja.org.

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