Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Congratulations Bo!

Equality NC Foundation announced today the recipients of the organization's second annual Equality Champion Awards. The awards, to be named in honor of Bob Page, the founder and CEO of Replacements, Ltd., and this year's recipient of the Triad regional award, will be presented at the fifth annual Equality Gala on Saturday, November 12, in Greensboro.

Lenwood S. "Bo" Dean, Equality Champion for the Eastern Region

Bo Dean has always been our go-to person in Wilmington. When we call, he drops everything to help us. When we make a mistake, he makes sure we learn from it. And when we triumph, he sends his love all the way across the state so we can feel it even before he expresses it. His passion and dedication make him one of our friends for life and we couldn't imagine getting anything done in the East without him.

Bo is a native North Carolinian through and through, born in Fuquay-Varina and raised in Chapel Hill. He moved to Wilmington with his husband, Dr. Michael Freeze, in 1999 and became actively involved in the LGBTQIA and greater Wilmington communities. Bo is the program manger for the Honors Scholars Program at UNC Wilmington.

To name just a few of his numerous community activities, he is also the founder of OutWilmington.com, a founder of Project B-GLAD (now Safe Zone) at UNC Wilmington, an advisor to UNCW Pride, a former member and chair of the Chancellor’s Human Relations Advisory Committee and Mutli-Cultural Task Force at UNC Wilmington, a former board member and long-time supporter of Equality North Carolina, a former vice chair of the New Hanover Democratic Party, and a second-term member of the board of commissioners for the Wilmington Housing Authority.

Bo and Michael were legally married in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in 2009 and have been together with their two cats and way too much cobalt crystal for fifteen years, and would like to be legally married in North Carolina!

So very proud of you Bo! Keep up the GREAT work...now give me 20 pushups!

Adam Freeman

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