Pillar of Pride awarded in 2013
Doug Litwin has been involved in the LGBT music movement since 1985 when he joined the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. He has been a member ever since. His first involvement with LGBA was during Gay Games II in San Francisco when over 200 musicians came to town. As the librarian for the local Band, he managed all of the music distribution for the various performances that week. Doug’s first LGBA conference took place in Phoenix in early 1987, hosted by the original Desert Overture Band.
Doug has attended every LGBA conference and major event since that Phoenix conference in 1987, with the exception of the 2001 St. Louis conference (due to 9/11 travel restrictions) and the second Obama inauguration.
Doug has served in a number of roles with the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, currently as its Board Secretary. He has given even more of his talents to LGBA. He served on the LGBA Board for 20 years, including 4 years as President. He continues his work as a clarinetist, ardent volunteer, and as member of the boards of the Federation of Gay Games (Officer of Marketing) and the Jon Sims Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts (Secretary).
Doug’s love and dedication to LGBA and the gay band movement has made him a natural candidate for the Pillar of Pride honor. He graciously accepted the award in its inaugural year along with Laura Whitbeck in 2013 during the Atlanta LGBA conference.