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Melanie Crabill
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Media Advisory
News Date: April 22, 2022

Columbus Accepting Nominations for the 2022 Shellabarger Illuminator Award

The City of Columbus is accepting nominations for the Shellabarger Illuminator Award to be presented at the annual City Hall Pride Illumination ceremony on Wednesday, June 1. The Shellabarger Illuminator Award recognizes an individual within the Columbus community who has demonstrated outstanding initiative to promote LGBTQ+ rights and, in doing so, has created a more inclusive Columbus. 

Almost every LGBTQ+ organization in Columbus has been touched in some way by longtime Columbus resident and activist Steve Shellabarger. Steve was integral to starting the local chapter of the Human Rights Campaign and has shared his unending energy, strong passion for justice and gracious leadership with the Columbus AIDS Task Force (now Equitas Health) and Stonewall Columbus.   

Nominees for the 2022 award must live in Central Ohio and cannot be a prior recipient of the Shellabarger Illuminator Award. 

The deadline to file a nomination is Friday, May 13, at 5 p.m. Nominations can be submitted online via the following link: