Palm Springs Pride names 2012 honorees

The Rev. Troy Perry. Photo submitted by Greater Palm Springs Pride

The Rev. Troy Perry, the man who launched a spiritual movement, will be among the honorees in November during the 26th annual Greater Palm Springs Pride festivities.

Perry, who founded the Metropolitan Community Church, will receive a lifetime achievement award. The award recognizes a person “whose lifetime body of work has left a lasting major imprint on the LGBT community,” according to a news release.

Perry’s ties to the Coachella Valley are strong. Earlier this year he performed a private funeral service for Joani Waldor Hannan of Desert Hot Springs, a longtime friend and drummer who appeared in the film “Some Like It Hot.” They met during Hannan’s early days as a nightclub owner in L.A.

Other Pride honorees include:


Viola Johnson. Photo submitted by Greater Palm Springs Pride

• Viola Johnson (lifetime achievement), an author and activist for the leather community
• Transgender activist Masen Davis (2012 Spirit of Stonewall Special Guest)
• Feminist and activist Ruth Debra (Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award)
• Gary Moline, Dean McDowell and Desert Winds Freedom Band (Spirit of Stonewall Community Service Award)

• AIDS Walk Palm Springs (2012 Advocate of the Year)

• Arlene Rosenthal of Well in the Desert (Volunteer of the Year)

• Doug Hairgrove and Woody Wood, who work with Safe Schools and gay-straight student alliances (Volunteers of the Year)

The awards will be presented Nov. 2 during a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Suites in Palm Springs. The Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival will take place Nov. 3-4 with the parade on Nov. 4. For more information, go to