The National LGBTQ Task Force has the great privilege to present awards and to host award presentations recognizing the hard work and dedication of colleagues in our LGBTQ movement. Noted below, some awards are presented collaboratively with the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals; the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund; and SAGE. We thank these partners in lifting up activists who express their passionate commitments to social justice every day.
The Susan J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Executive Director Emeritus TGI Justice, is a black, formerly incarcerated, transgender elder. She has been an activist and advocate in her community for over 40 years. She was at the Stonewall uprising in 1969, became politicized at Attica, was an original member of the first all-transgender gospel choir, and is a father, mother, grandmother, and grandfather to her own children, and to many in the transgender community. In 2017, Miss Major relocated from Oakland CA to Little Rock, Arkansas where she is building House of GG, a space of welcome and safe harbor for trans-identified and gender nonconforming people.
The Youth Leadership Award
Kings Floyd is the 2016 Youth Transition Fellow for the National Council on Independent Living. She is originally from Boston and moved from Maine to Washington DC in June 2016. She graduated from High Point University that same year with a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing, with concentrations in Language, Education and Disability Studies. She has worked on the Women’s March, the DC Pride March, and other civil rights demonstrations, as well as being the co-chair of the DC Metro ADAPT chapter. Her guilty pleasures include carbonara, mochas and ‘80s pop. Kings hopes to continue working with intersectional youth to promote disability awareness, advocacy and pride.
Haas, Jr. Award for Outstanding LGBTQ Leadership for Immigrant Rights
Marco Antonio Quiroga has a long history as an advocate for the LGBTQ, immigrant, and racial justice movements. He is director of the Contigo Fund, Orlando FL, founded in the aftermath of the Pulse massacre to support the recovery and healing of those impacted and building power for historically marginalized LGBTQ communities of color in Orlando. Previously, he worked with United We Dream, American Federation of Teachers, and AFL-CIO, and as the National Field Officer at Immigration Equality. His commitment is a direct result of his life experiences as an undocumented and queer person of color, including family separation through deportation, poverty, unstable housing and homelessness.
Award for Research & Assessment
Presented by the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. Each year, the Consortium recognizes excellence in the field of LGBTQ student services.
Dr. Dafina-Lazarus (D-L) Stewart (pronouns: ze, zim, zir) is professor in the School of Education and Tri-Chair of the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Colorado State University. Ze is a scholar, educator, and activist focused on empowering and imagining futures that sustain and cultivate the learning, growth, and success of marginalized groups in U.S. higher education institutions. Dr. Stewart’s work is motivated by an ethic of love grounded in justice and informed by an intersectional framework that recognizes both the lived experiences of individuals with multiple marginalities, as well as the material effects of interlocking systems of oppression. Dr. Stewart is the author of over four dozen journal articles and book chapters; as well as editor, co-editor, or author of three books covering multicultural student services, gender and sexual diversity of U.S. college students, and the historical experiences of Black collegians in northern liberal arts colleges in the middle of the twentieth century. Dr. Stewart has also provided professional service and leadership to ACPA—College Student Educators International, as well as to the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Stewart was recognized as an ACPA Senior Scholar in March 2017.
SAGE Advocacy Award for Excellence in Leadership on Aging Issues
Dr. Imani Woody is the founding director and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc.; she has been an advocate of women, people of color and LGBT/SGL issues for more than 20 years. She is currently working as a diversity and inclusion consultant in the field of health, aging and issues affecting the LGBTQ/SGL and people color communities. She has presented on LGBT aging issues at the White House National LGBT Elder Summit and at the 2017 National Equality March for Unity and Pride. Dr. Woody is a member of the National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative, a mayoral appointee to the DC LGBTQ Advisory Council, and is the Program Officer for the Older Adults Advisory Council for Metropolitan Community Churches. She a Board member of the LGBT Technology Partnership and has served on many other boards, including the Mautner Project and the Women in the Life Association. She has a PhD in Public Service Leadership with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management from Capella University and a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University. She lives with her wife of sixteen years in Brookland, Washington, D.C.
Leather Leadership Award
Durk Dehner is a long-time leader in the leather community. He was First Runner Up in the first Mr. International Leather competition in 1979; and in 1984, he co-founded the Tom of Finland Foundation. In addition to preserving and promoting the work of the most widely-recognized master of homoerotic art, the foundation educates the public about the merits of erotic art, strives to get erotic work the attention it deserves, and promotes healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality. Under Durk’s leadership the Foundation has rapidly expanded its Permanent Collection to include artists of all genders, gender identities and sexual orientations, providing an invaluable resource to curators, students, art historians and collectors.
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