The National LGBTQ Task Force has the great privilege to present awards recognizing the hard work and dedication of colleagues in our LGBTQ movement. These awards are presented collaboratively with the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals; the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund; and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). We thank these partners in lifting up activists who express their passionate commitments to social justice every day.
The Youth Leadership Award
Hazel Edwards is a Philadelphia proud trans community advocate and youth leader. She conducts research and analyzes data to improve the school climate for transgender and gender nonconforming students in the Philadelphia School District. In 2016, Hazel co-authored the School District’s Policy 252, establishing protections for transgender and gender nonconforming students and has led trainings for teachers and administrators on how to best implement the policy. Hazel is an intern at The Attic Youth Center with the Justice League program, mobilizing LGBTQ youth of color to address systems that have negatively impacted their lives. As part of this work, Hazel has presented and led workshops across the Philadelphia region for hundreds of people on gender, sexuality, racism, and anti-oppression. Hazel also co-facilitates GenderRevolution, The Attic Youth Center’s support group for transgender and gender non-conforming youth. She is the only out transgender young person on the Mayor’s Youth Commission in Philadelphia, where she regularly speaks to the issues that impact LGBTQ youth of color in Philadelphia. Hazel is a member of the Youth Leadership Housing Advisory Committee which advises the City of Philadelphia on how to address youth homelessness. Hazel has been recognized for her work and advocacy with the awards and titles: the keynote speaker for Philadelphia Trans March 2016, the Girls Rock Philly 2016 PhillyRising Award, the Youth Rising Star Award at Philadelphia Trans March 2015, and Youth Grand Marshall for the 2014 Philadelphia Pride Parade.
Haas, Jr. Award for Outstanding LGBTQ Leadership for Immigrant Rights
Glenn D. Magpantay has been working in the social justice movement for 30 years and has been advocating for the rights and dignities of immigrants and new Americans for the past 20 years. As Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), he has stewarded the organization’s multifaceted immigrant rights work at the intersection of racial justice and queerness. Glenn’s campaign victories include: educating thousands of LGBT APIs in a dozen cities across the country about immigrant rights; unifying LGBT APIs to fight for legalization and a path to citizenship, expanded visas, and legal protections against racial profiling, detentions, and deportations; reaching out to LGBT API community in six Asian languages; telling the diverse stories of LGBT APIs to show how immigration laws and policies affect them; deploying organizers and activists in 19 cities to suburban malls, parks, bus stops, grocery stores and the zoo to talk one-on-one with people about immigration reform; delivering 10,000 postcards to Congress to support comprehensive immigration reform; organizing LGBT APIs to have 1,000 conversations with family and friends, who then made 800 phone calls to President Obama to take bold action on immigration reform; creating a legal referral program for LGBT API immigrants to get legal assistance; leading a national LGBT API amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court to tell the story of how of the nation’s immigration laws directly impact the LGBT community.
Distinguished Achievement in the Profession Award
Presented by the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Each year, the Consortium recognizes excellence in the field of LGBTQ student services.
Dr. Luke Jensen has built much of the basic infrastructure that supports LGBTQ+ people and work at the University of Maryland, College Park. His work to establish dedicated resources within various campus units inspired Campus Pride to call Maryland the “Best of the Best” for several years. A higher education administrator for nearly three decades, Dr. Jensen chaired Maryland’s President’s Commission on LGBT Issues (1996), founded the LGBT Equity Center (1998), established the LGBT Scholarship Fund (1999), and was key in the establishment of the LGBT Studies Program (2002). Under his leadership, the LGBT Equity Center has grown from a tiny one-person office in the attic of a building on the edge of campus into vibrant hub of activity at the center of campus with three professional staff, graduate assistants, and student volunteers. Dr. Jensen represented the Consortium on the Board of Directors of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for 11 years. His advocacy meant that LGBTQ+ people and issues were considered and included in each of the functional areas of Student Affairs as integral standards for quality in Higher Education. Dr. Jensen’s proudest moments have come at the success of his Associate Directors, past and present, three of whom have dedicated their careers to intersectional social justice projects.
SAGE Advocacy Award for Excellence in Leadership on Aging
John C. Anderson Apartments, An LGBT Friendly Community
SAGE is thrilled to honor Philadelphia’s John C. Anderson Apartments in recognition of the significant and shared effort that brought the project to fruition and makes it today a place of community building. The award-winning John C. Anderson Apartments offers 56 unites of high-quality senior housing to low-income LGBT seniors. Through this award, SAGE acknowledges and honors those who conceived of, built and manage the project, (Mark Segal, Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld Fund, Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC, and Pennrose Management Inc); the donors, funders and government officials who provided support; the William Way LGBT Community Center which provides programs and services; and the residents, who collectively model for the nation how to build community and take care of our own.
LGBTQ Media Award for Elevating Voices of LGBTQ People
Philadelphia Gay News (PGN)
The National LGBTQ Task Force is proud to present Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) with the inaugural LGBTQ Media Award for its commitment to elevating the voices of LGBTQ people in Philadelphia and across the country. Founded in 1976, PGN is the oldest LGBTQ weekly newspaper in the country. For forty years, PGN has served as one of the region’s most trusted source of news and information. In 1993, Philadelphia Magazine honored PGA’s Mark Segal for his contributions to the LGBTQ community. Earlier this year, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton published an op-ed in PGN, which is the first time a major party nominee wrote an op-ed for an LGBTQ newspaper. We congratulate PGN Publisher Mark Segal and Editor Jen Colletta for 40 years of service to the LGBTQ community.