The founding mission of the Cathedral of Hope is to reclaim Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion, and relentless compassion. As such, we seek ways to honor those who embody and live out this mission through lives that are transforming our society at every level. The Hero of Hope is someone who works to:
- Change how the world thinks about LGBTQ people;
- Change how LGBTQ people think about God;
- Reach marginalized people, especially teens living in isolation in small towns; and
- Redefine Christianity as an including faith rather than an excluding religion.
The Hero of Hope Award originated in the early 1990s as a way for the Cathedral of Hope to single out and honor people who have courageously taken a stand for LGBTQ rights. The Hero of Hope Award is presented in recognition of those who have taken courageous stands for the rights of all people without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Nominations will be accepted through October 31.
We honor our previous Hero of Hope winners who have made a lasting impact for justice and peace in our community.
Paula Sophia Schonauer
Community Activist for the LGBTQ Community
2017 Hero of Hope
Executive Director of Other Options, Inc
2016 Hero of Hope
Scott J Hamilton
Former Executive Director of the Cimarron Alliance Equality Center
2014 Hero of Hope
Mr. Ginger Lamar
Community Activist & Entertainer
2013 Hero of Hope
Dr. Ed Shadid
Oklahoma City Councilman & Doctor
2012 Hero of Hope
Equal Rights Advocate
2011 Hero of Hope
2009 Hero of Hope
Former Corporation Commissioner & County Commissioner
2007 Hero of Hope
Rev. Bruce Lowe
Retired Southern Baptist Pastor
2006 Hero of Hope