PHOTOS: Rod McCullom
This year's honorees included Emil Wilbekin, playwright Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Chicago's Howard Brown Health Center CEO Jamal Edwards, HIV/AIDS educator and prevention leader Curtis Lipscomb, author and photographer Michael-Christopher, filmmaker Mary Morten, transgender activists Monica Roberts and Joy Morris, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell and many others. Rod 2.0 was honored in 2008.
"I created the Esteem Awards as my own special way to honor individuals and organizations in the African American and LGBT community," Esteem Awards founder Philip Esteem tells R20.
Some images from the event are HERE.