Pillar of Pride awarded in 2016
Harvey started his involvement as a charter member of the Minnesota Freedom Band when it was founded in 1982. He has participated in the vast majority of LGBA conferences since the first Minnesota in 1983, as well as most massed LGBA band events beginning with A Gay Night At The Hollywood Bowl” in 1984.
A regular participant with LGBA at Gay Games, he attended GG II – GG VII.
As VP of Outreach for LGBA in the mid 90s, Harvey chaired the 1995 conference in Indianapolis (having never visited that city), long before a band formed there or in Ohio, Michigan or eastern Missouri, with the hopes of fostering more bands in the region.
Also in the early 90s, as VP of Fundraising, he initiated LGBA’s Affiliate Member program in order to build a broader base of financial support beyond the member band dues.
While attending the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Creating Change Conference after the 1992 election with then President Lisa Strongin and Exec VP Kris Renn, together they set about and succeeded in securing the very first invitation for any GLBT organization to participate in a US Presidential Inauguration when LGBA was selected to be a route band for the inaugural parade of President Bill Clinton.
In addition, he chaired the 2003 LGBA Conference in Minnesota, taking attendee on a “band trip” to march in the Duluth/Superior Pride Parade as well as the Minnesota State Fair Parade in St Paul.
Outside his band involvement, Harvey has participated in his local AIDS Ride, the Red Ribbon Ride, since its inception in 2003 and been an active member in his local civic, business and faith communities.
He is a recipient of
*University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts – Alumnus of Notable Achievement – 2012
*Quorum GLBTA Business Community Lifetime Achievement Award – 2013
*Twin Cities Pride Lifetime Champion of Pride – 2014