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The Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award

The Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award for an Emerging Activist.

The Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award is presented each November at the DC LGBTQ Symposium. 

Nominations for the 2013 Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award are now closed. The Award recipient will be announced no later than October 25th. The recipient must be available to attend the Annual LGBTQ Studies Symposium in Washington, DC on November 16th, 2013 to receive their award.

Nomination Guidelines

The Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award for Emerging Activist is given to a young individual (in high school or an undergraduate in college) who is living in the United States and has made outstanding contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities. The recipient will receive a cash award and includes travel expenses for attending the awards ceremony.

The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the LGBTQ community in the areas of:

Activism
Advocacy
Community policing
Education and training
Effective media coverage

Outreach
Policy-making
Prevention
Social services
Liaison work                


The nominee need not have done work in all of these areas, but at least one area in LGBTQ communities. Receipt of the award is contingent upon the recipient’s ability to attend the DC Metro Area LGBTQ Studies Symposium in Washington, D.C. Individuals who are working in non-traditional settings (e.g. churches, elementary schools, with women and/or trans/genderqueer people, people of color, and international/immigrant communities) are highly encouraged for nominations.

More Information

The Richard L. Schlegel Legion of Honor Award is administered by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and recognizes individuals living in the United States who have exhibited outstanding leadership and significantly contributed to the dignity and freedom of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. The presentation of the Legion of Honor Award serves as an opportunity to:

  • Recognize and encourage the dedication of individuals committed to social justice
  • Celebrate important contributions to creating a society that values every member
  • Showcase the diversity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities
  • Highlight individuals whose work may not have been recognized to the level it merits
  • Allow members of the American University community to interact with individuals who have significantly enhanced the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people

Richard L. Schlegel was an American University alumnus and a pioneer in the GLBT civil rights movement. Richard fought discrimination based on sexual orientation in the late 1950s and early 1960s, long before GLBT rights were discussed openly. His own wrongful termination case against the Department of the Army, Schlegel vs. United States, was pursued all the way to the Supreme Court (and also documented as a chapter in the 2002 book Courting Justice by Joyce Murdoch and Deb Price).

Past Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award Recipients


2012 Award Recipients:

Emerging Activisit:
Victor Pajarito

2011 Award Recipients:

Emerging Activists:
Miriam Fried and Tonei Glavinic

Visionary Leader:
National Center for Transgender Equality

2010 Award Recipients:

Emerging Activist:
Lakeia Spady

Visionary Leader:
Meghan Sneed

2009 Award Recipients:

Emerging Activist:
William Mruzek

Visionary Leaders:
Luke Jude
Trans-Academics.org

2008 Award Recipients:

Emerging Activist:
Cullyn Foxlee

Visionary Leader:
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

2007 Award Recipients:

Emerging Activist:
Patrick Lukingbeal

Visionary Leader:
D.C. Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit

Lifetime Achievement:
Dr. Franklin E. Kameny