2016 Awards

2016 awards for accomplishments in LGBT Psychology

Awards capture the cutting edge of LGBT Psychology across many domains.

By Kimberly Balsam

Complete information on the awards noted below can be found on the Div. 44 website.

Distinguished Book Award

The division offers this award for a book that has made a significant contribution to the field of LGBT psychology. These works represent highly valuable contributions to scholarship that synthesize research and practice and advance the development of science, practice, and policy on LGBT issues in psychology.

Awarded to: Abbie E. Goldberg, PhD, for SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies.”

Abbie E. Goldberg, PhD Abbie E.Goldberg edited the “SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies,” an impressive three-volume text that is sure to serve as a primary resource for clinicians, educators, researchers and students for years to come. The book is interdisciplinary and includes over 400 signed entries written by the top experts in the field. It includes such topics as key theories used to understand variations in sexual orientation and gender identity, the transition to parenthood for LGBTQ people, intersections of LGBTQ identity with other social identities such as race and ethnicity, and how marriage equality affects LGBTQ individuals and couples.

Notes from the presentation: Unfortunately, Goldberg was not able to join us this year and the award was accepted by Kristi Ward from SAGE.

Evelyn Hooker Award for Distinguished Contribution by an Ally

To acknowledge the ever-widening circle of people who support Div. 44's mission, the Div. 44 Executive Committee launched the Evelyn Hooker Award for Distinguished Contribution by an Ally in 2008. Evelyn Hooker, PhD, a recipient of the 1991 APA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest, championed research which has contributed to depathologizing, decriminalizing and destigmatizing people with minority sexual orientations. Hooker's legacy as an ally of people with sexual minority orientations has had a profound impact on all facets of LGBT psychology. In commemoration of her contribution, the division offers this award for distinguished contribution by an ally in the areas of research, clinical practice, education and training, public advocacy, mentorship and/or leadership.

Awarded to: Kelly Ducheny, PsyD

Kelly Ducheny, PsyD Kelly Ducheny is the director of Behavioral Health Services for the Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago, IL, which is a major LGBT health center. Prior to this, she served as the chair of clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. As chair of the department, she took an active role in developing course material that exposed students to the needs of LGBT clients and serving on dissertation committees that were focused on LGBT concerns. Under her leadership, Howard Brown has received nearly $2 million in research funding. The most recent award is a multi-year award that addresses "Enhancing engagement and retention in HIV care for TGNC women of color."

Most recently, Ducheny served on the APA task force that developed the “Guidelines for Practice with TGNC People.” She has been a stalwart ally for the needs of LGBT people, especially members of the TGNC community. She has throughout her career been an advocate for LGBT people who brings to this cause no small amount of dignity, compassion and respect.

Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training

The division offers this award to colleagues who have made distinguished contributions to the interests, goals, and purposes of Div. 44 in the area of education, either academic or public. Award winners typically have developed programs or curricula that raised the consciousness of the general public about LGBT issues, or that improved the quality of education and training in psychology at graduate and undergraduate levels. The winners of this award represent individuals who have distinguished themselves in disseminating science and scholarship on LGBT issues.

Awarded to: Gary Howell, PsyD

Gary Howell, PsyD Gary Howell is an assistant professor and associate director of training at the Florida School of Professional Psychology. Howell 's work as an educator has specifically focused on diversity and LGBT issues. He developed and teaches an LGBT course for students, works tirelessly to educate students, faculty, and the community about LGBT issues and mental health concerns. He also revised his program's diversity course to involve a new experiential dynamic with the inclusion of immersion projects and personal exploration regarding how individual value systems develop.

Howell 's mentoring of students transcends the classroom. He serves as the Argosy Pride faculty chair and as the faculty mentor to the Student Psychological Association (SPA) group on campus. He also demonstrates the importance of being a socially responsible practitioner to his students, and models this in all aspects of his life. He serves on the board of Metro Wellness, Ybor Youth Clinic, GAYBOR Council, and was elected as Bay Chapter president of the Florida Psychological Association. He recently became a part of the Hillsborough County Commission to advocate for the needs of LGBT individuals. In sum, Howell stands above his peers in his commitment to the field, the education of future clinicians, and the continued advocacy for LGBTQ clients.

Distinguished Contribution to Ethnic Minority Issues

The division offers this award for distinguished contributions to the interests, goals, and purposes of Div. 44 in the area of ethnic minority lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender psychology. The winners of this award have each studied and worked with the realities of LGBT people of color, locating scholarship and practice at this intersection of identities.

Awarded to: Marie L. Miville, PhD

Marie L. Miville, PhD Marie L. Miville is chair of the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she served previously as director of training of the Counseling Psychology program. She also has served as director of the winter roundtable for many years, and also has served as president of the Latina/o Psychological Association, vice president for education and training for the Society of Counseling Psychology (Div. 17), and as chair of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. In Div. 44, Miville served as co-chair of the Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CORED), and she currently serves as division's book series editor.

Miville's research is on diversity and multiculturalism broadly, with specific foci in education and training, intersecting identities (especially gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation), and world views. Her publications include two edited books, 65 articles and book chapters and 69 presentations. She has obtained funding for more than 20 projects — including one project for more than half a million dollars — and virtually all of these projects have been initiated for the benefit of her communities. Miville has served on the editorial boards of six top journals, several of them devoted to multicultural issues in psychology.

Miville was one of the developers of counseling psychology's Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity, and she was one of the co-authors who won a major contribution award from "The Counseling Psychologist" for articles based on that work. In short, Miville is at the forefront of integrating race and ethnicity with other salient status variables such as gender and sexual orientation.

Distinguished Scientific Contribution

The division offers this award for distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to lesbian, gay or bisexual psychological issues. The winners of this award have made far-reaching and visionary contributions to the development of a science of LGBT psychology and have provided the science base for practice, education and the development of public policy. Many of these award winners are pioneers who first asked affirmative research questions about the lives of LGBT people, their families and their communities.

Awarded to: Jonathan J. Mohr, PhD

Jonathan J. Mohr, PhD Jonathan J. Mohr is currently is on the faculty of the psychology department at the University of Maryland. Over the course of his career, Mohr has made outstanding and exemplary contributions to LGBT psychological science. He has served as the chair of Div.44's Science Committee for the past 11 years, was previously the program chair, and served on the ad hoc committee that developed "Psychology of Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity."

Mohr's scholarly work is focused on LGBT issues and on psychotherapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of two top journals in our field. He has produced 52 articles and book chapters, 57 presentations, and two funded projects that totaled more than a half million dollars. He has been the recipient of several research awards while a student and after graduation. His research is elegant, comprehensive, complex, and pioneering. He masters new methodological approaches with ease and his body of work spans a wide range of research applications, including instrument development, couples research, therapy process studies, daily diary analyses, forensic examinations, international LGBT population investigations, and even the study of psychology teaching. His intellectual curiosity is a catalyst for so many other researchers, and helps to explain the large number of colleagues who want to work with him. In short, he is a model of research excellence for both his students and his colleagues. Div. 44 — and LGBT psychology more generally — is lucky to have a researcher of Mohr's caliber at the forefront of our discipline.

Notes from the presentation: Accepted in absentia by Ruth Fassinger, PhD.

Distinguished Service Award

The division offers this award for distinguished contributions to Div. 44 through exceptional service. Award winners have a long history of being active contributors to the life of the division and are the lifeblood of this organization whose efforts we appreciate.

Awarded to: Judith Glassgold, PsyD

Judith Glassgold, PsyD Judith Glassgold is a past president of Div. 44, a past member and chair of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns and was the chair of the Task Force on the Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. She has built her career on advocacy - including for LGBT issues - and since 2013 has been associate director of APA's Government Relations Office within the Public Interest Directorate, as well as the director of the APA Congressional Fellowship Program.

In her role at PI-GRO, Glassgold has on many occasions coordinated with Div. 44 on advocacy issues and has been instrumental in her position in effecting a consistent advocacy approach from APA on LGBT issues. In this respect, Glassgold continues to address issues that lie at the heart of the mission of Div. 44.

Distinguished Professional Contribution

The division offers this award to recognize distinguished professional contributions advancing the interests, goals, and purposes of Div. 44. Winners of this award typically have developed innovations in practice with LGBT people and their families, have developed models and paradigms for affirmative practice, and have advanced the visibility of LGBT issues within the entire field of professional psychology. Their work has collectively raised the quality of services available to LGBT people and their families seeking care from professional psychologists by informing the practice of all who work with this population.

Awarded to: Anneliese A. Singh, PhD and lore m. dickey, PhD for APA Task Force on Guidelines for Psychological Practice with TGNC Clients (accepted by lore dickey)

lore m. dickey, PhD The “APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients” is a 55-page document made public in 2015 and published in the December 2015 issue of the "American Psychologist." The guidelines are a result of four years of work by the task force chaired Anneliese A. Singh, PhD and lore m. dickey, PhD, and funding made possible through a CODAPAR grant secured by dickey and Hendricks.

The task force worked diligently to identify relevant literature and to address the latest information about TGNC people and worked to ensure that TGNC people had a voice in the development of the guidelines. Meetings and feedback sessions with members of the TGNC community and experts in the field were above and beyond those required in the development of an APA policy.

The guidelines were accepted by the APA Council of Representatives at the meeting held in Toronto, Ontario, prior to the 2015 convention. Early reports from APA staff indicated very high levels of traffic on the APA website as people downloaded copies of the newly approved guidelines. The task force has developed 13 publications related to their work including a 300-page book entitled "Affirmative Counseling and Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients." In sum, the work of the task force is impressive and will have a long-standing impact on the field of LGBT psychology for years to come.

Distinguished Student Contribution

The division offers this award to a graduate student in psychology who has made a distinguished contribution to research or practice, or who has performed exceptional service to the division. Winners of this award represent the future of this division, and have taken leadership early in their careers to advance LGBT issues in psychology. Graduate program faculty members are encouraged to nominate their students for this award; self-nominations are also encouraged.

Awarded to: Skyler D. Jackson, MS and Kinton Rossman, MEd

Skyler D. Jackson, MS Skyler Jackson is a fifth-year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has an outstanding record of advancing LGBT issues in psychology through practice and service, both within and outside of Div. 44. He began his social justice and diversity work when he was still in high school as a participant in an intensive training program for youth. He has served in several international conflict resolution programs, worked as a student leader in groups focused on LGBT and ethnic minority issues as an undergraduate at Stanford University, and worked as an administrator and trainer for an organization focused on bias reduction and conflict resolution in public schools, which includes LGBT issues.

He has served for the past two years as student representative for Div. 44. In this role, he was a strong advocate for students, going beyond and above his charge to advocate for causes he views as critical to the division, including initiating difficult dialogues about intersections between racial/ethnic and sexual and gender identities and bringing attention to the serious health disparities faced by transgender women of color. Jackson also served for two years on the APAGS Committee on LGBT Concerns, and then served an additional year on the APAGS Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. In the Department of Psychology, he has continuously served on the Diversity Committee since 2013 and spearheaded a series of Social Justice brown bag luncheons.

Beyond this extraordinary level of service related to LGBT issues, Jackson has made outstanding contributions in the realms of practice and scholarship including working as a consultant to secondary school educators on issues of bullying and diversity, publishing three scholarly works on LGBT psychology, and engaging in several ongoing research projects related to LGBT psychology and its intersection with race and ethnicity.

In sum, Jackson 's impressive accomplishments to date demonstrate his potential for significant leadership as a psychologist in the future and someone who will undoubtedly go on to make a significant contribution to our field.

Kinton Rossman, MEd Kinton Rossman is a doctoral student at the University of Louisville and a predoctoral intern specializing in work with LGBTQ clients at Northwestern University. Rossman was selected for this award for outstanding research, education and advocacy work on trans individuals, particularly those who identify as non-binary. Specifically, Rossman has shown impressive leadership in managing large research teams and also working creatively and independently to conduct research on trans issues. Rossman recently published a manuscript on genderqueer individuals in a highly regarded LGBT journal, and is working on a manuscript related to genderqueer individuals' emotional processes related to identity and coming out. Rossman's dissertation research focuses on trans individuals' sexuality, using a family systems approach and interviewing both trans individuals and their partners to understand relationships and sexual experiences. This understudied topic has important clinical implications for the trans community.

In addition to research, Rossman has served as an advocate and educator, conducting numerous trainings in Kentucky and Illinois in order to bring about change and awareness to rural and urban areas in the Southern and Midwestern regions of the United States. Rossman conducted trainings related to trans competence for the Kentucky Psychological Association and another devoted to helping all of the school counselors and psychologists in Boone County, Ky support trans youth. In addition, Rossman has started several projects to promote support for trans masculine individuals in the Louisville-metro area while also beginning an access to care study for trans individuals residing within Kentucky.

In sum, Rossman is a true leader for trans issues and stands up for what they believe in while also maintaining good interpersonal relationships with others.

Presidential Citation

For individuals or organizations whose mission and work are consistent with the theme or focus of Div. 44's president. Recipients of presidential citations are selected by the division president and often go to individual or organizations whose mission and work are consistent with the president's theme or focus.

Presented by: Allen Omoto, PhD
Awarded to: Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD

Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD This Div. 44 Presidential Citation goes to Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, for her lifetime of work advocating for social justice and the rights and full participation of historically marginalized people, including 30 years of service to the American Psychological Association. Throughout her distinguished career, which culminated in her serving as the executive director of the APA Public Interest Directorate, Keita has been a tireless front-line worker and admired leader in efforts to use psychological research and findings to inform societal policies and practices. She has honed a vision of psychology in the public interest that respects the art and science of the discipline, and importantly, directly connects it to the development, implementation, and evaluation of social programs and policies. Keita has long supported the rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and also transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, and through her work at the APA has helped to shine a light on the disparities in treatment and discrimination faced by vulnerable populations. Moreover, Keita has worked to engage psychologists and policy makers in collaborative efforts aimed at changing societal conditions, institutional practices, and direct intervention programs so as to reduce prejudice and a myriad of health disparities.

Keita is calm and unassuming, but with a strength of will and clarity of mission that has sustained her and inspired many others. Although she will be retiring in early 2017 and hanging up her championship belt, Keita remains a champion for social justice, and an honored advocate of LGBT people and issues. As the current president of APA's Div. 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, I thank Keita for her unflagging support. I also personally thank her for supporting me in my work, for being an encouraging confidant, and for allowing me to be a co-conspirator over many years. It is with great pleasure and immense admiration, then, that I recognize Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, Phd, with this Div. 44 Presidential Citation.

In brief, this citation reads as follows: “The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, Div. 44 of the American Psychological Association, hereby awards this Presidential Citation to Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, for her long-standing support for LGBT concerns and people, and her unwavering and visionary commitment to social justice and the pursuit of psychology in the public interest.”

Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award

The Malyon-Smith Scholarship is named for two founding past-presidents of the division, the late Alan Malyon and the late Adrienne Smith. It is a fund that annually awards up to $1,000 to selected graduate students in psychology to advance research in the psychology of sexual orientation and gender identity. The award represents one of the division's major efforts to mentor and support science in LGBT psychology by encouraging the work of young researchers.

Awarded to: Nicholas Perry, MS

Nicholas Perry, MS Nicholas Perry is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Utah. He was awarded the Malyon-Smith Award based on his research project titled: "Sexual minority stress as a moderator of the romantic relationship quality-health association." Through his project, he was seeking to evaluate whether sexual minority stress that LGB men and women experience changes the well-established association between romantic relationship conflict and physiological response to such conflict through its effects on relationship quality (e.g., support, humor vs. criticism, withdrawal).

The Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award

The Bisexual Foundation Scholarship is an annual fund awarding up to $1,000 per award to selected graduate students to advance research on the psychology of bisexuality. This new award recognizes the growing importance of research on bisexuality to the field of LGBT issues in psychology and offers concrete support and encouragement to emerging scholars in this field .

Presented by: Stephanie Budge
Awarded to: Emma Fredrick, MA

Emma Fredrick, MA Emma Fredrick is an experimental psychology doctoral student at East Tennessee State University. She was awarded the Bisexual Foundation Scholarship for her research titled "Creation and Validation of the Bisexual Microaggression Scale." Related to her work, she notes: "The proposed project aims to develop a scale and test initial validity of scores on that scale. While previous work has identified types of bisexual microaggressions (Bostwick & Hequembourg, 2014), a quantitative measure of these experiences is crucial for future exploration of bisexual experience. Successful completion of the proposed project will allow for a greater understanding of the bisexual experience regarding stigma, which in turn can lead to determining points of intervention to decrease health disparities for these individuals."

Mentoring Student Travel Award

The purpose of the Committee on Mentoring Student Travel Award is to support graduate student engagement with LGBTQ psychology by defraying travel costs to the 2016 APA Convention in Denver. Through this award, the Committee on Mentoring also hopes to encourage LGBTQ graduate student participation in the Div. 44 annual convention activities (e.g., the Mentoring Roundtable and other programming in the Div. 44 Hospitality Suite, student pizza party, and division social hours). 

Presented by Gary Howell
Awarded to: Mun Yuk Chin, MA

Mun Yuk Chin, MA Mun Yuk Chin is the 2016 recipient of the Div. 44 Committee on Mentoring Travel Award. Chin is a second year PhD student in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Chin obtained her BA in economics and psychology at the University of Virginia. During her time there, she discovered her passion for exploring the connections between gender, sexuality, culture, and health. She later pursued her MA in counseling psychology at Northwestern University. Her research interests include coping mechanisms and contributors to resiliency among sexual and gender minorities, and influences of social class on mental health.

Dr. Richard A. Rodriguez Div. 44 Student Travel Award

CoRED acknowledges that LGBTQ students of color frequently experience increased demands on time and resources as a result of managing multiple identities within professional organizations. Thus, the Dr. Richard A. Rodriguez Div. 44 Student Travel Award seeks to encourage and support greater participation in APA and Div. 44 convention activities of LGBTQ students of color by defraying travel costs to the APA.

Presented by: Cirleen DeBlaere
Awarded to: Emmie Matsuno and Roberto L. Abreu

Emmie Matsuno Emmie Matsuno is a fourth year PhD student in counseling psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She works with Tania Israel, PhD, and project RISE (Research on Interventions for Sexual minority Empowerment) conducting research on LGBT mental health and well-being. Her personal research focuses on creating inclusive and supportive environments for transgender people, transgender minority stress, intersecting identities, and intervention research. This year at APA, Matsuno will present a poster that focuses on an online intervention aimed at reducing internalized transnegativity, give a talk about using psychological theories to inform community trainings on gender diversity, and lead a discussion on the connections between Div. 44, 35 and 51.

Roberto L. Abreu Roberto L. Abreu is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky. Abreu's research interests include sexual minority and gender expansive youth, with an emphasis on Latina/o LGBTQ youth and parental, family, and community acceptance and support. At the 2016 APA convention, Abreu is co-chairing one symposium and co-authoring two poster presentations. The symposium presentation, titled “ LGBTQ youth and parental acceptance among people of color: A clos(er) look at intersectionality,” provides an overview of the different cultural and historical factors that contribute to parents of color rejecting or accepting attitudes toward their LGBTQ child. The two poster presentations provide a review of the literature on the positive LGBTQ parent-child relationship and addresses the experiences of LGBTQ parents as they navigate the K-12 education system with their child.

Transgender Research Award

The Transgender Research Award (TRA) recognizes psychological research that addresses trans issues. It is open to anyone conducting psychological research using trans participants or studying issues affecting trans people and communities. The award winner commits to disseminating and/or sharing findings with multiple audiences and communities that are directly impacted by the research (e.g., academic audiences, traditional publications, community-focused workshops, etc.).

Presented by: Mira Krishnan
Awarded to: Megan Sutter, MS

This year, the TRA was awarded to Megan Sutter, MS, doctoral student in health psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, for her research proposal, “Improving Health Care Utilization through Patient-Centered, Culturally Competent Care for Transgender Adults.”

Student Research Awards

Presented by: Skyler Jackson

Using funds from an award we received last year, the APAGS Outstanding Division of the Year Award, we have the privilege of being able to honor three students this year who are doing excellent research that represents the high standards of Div. 44 and represent one of three focus areas identified last year: transgender issues, intersectional issues, and bisexual issues.

Based on our search, we have selected three award winners: two focused on transgender issues, and one focused on intersectional concerns. We did not receive any submissions that adequately fit into the criteria of bisexual research. Here are the awardees in alphabetical order:

Mary Guerrant Mary Guerrant ( Student Research Award on Intersectional Issues )
Fifth-year PhD student, applied social and community psychology
North Carolina State University
Research focus: Addressing health disparities among LGBT ethnic minority persons with intersectionality and strengths-based approaches at the core.
Chair and presenter in symposium : Beyond ”sexual minority”: Using intersectionality to improve research, practice and policy
Roundtable : Living at the intersection of marginalization: Struggles and resiliencies of diverse feminists.

Emmie Matsuno Emmie Matsuno ( Student Research Award on Transgender Issues)
Third-year PhD student, clinical, counseling, school psychology program
University of California, Santa Barbara
Research goal: To support transgender well-being through the development and evaluation of psychological interventions.
Poster: Reducing transgender internalized stigma: Development and efficacy of an online intervention.
Symposium: “Breaking the binary: educating students about gender diversity.”

Laura Minero ( Student Research Award on Transgender Issues)
Third-year PhD student, counseling psychology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research area : Includes examining how policy impacts the lived experiences of undocumented LGBTQ+ immigrants in hopes of being able to identify how to better-serve these populations through more inclusive implementation of policy and services.
Symposium: Transgender Clients Reports of Characteristics of Effective and Trans-Competent Therapists

We will offer this award again next year. We hope it motivates students to continue to conduct investigations in these sorely needed areas of research.

Certificates of Appreciation

  • Constance R. Matthews, PhD
    Immediate Past-President
  • Bonnie R. Strickland, PhD, ABBP
    APA Council of Representatives
  • Eduardo Morales, PhD
    APA Council of Representatives
  • Michelle D. Vaughn, PhD
  • Skyler D. Jackson, MS
    Student Representative
  • Cirleen DeBlaere, PhD
    Co-Chair, Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity
  • Ellen Magalhaes, PhD
    Co-Chair, Committee on Gender Diversity and Transgender People
  • Franco Dispenza, PhD
    Disability Issues Task Force
  • lore m. dickey, PhD
    APA Program Committee Chair

APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award

Presented by: Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD
Awarded to: Allen M. Omoto, PhD, and Glenda Russell, PhD

Clarity Award

The division offers this award in conjunction with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to recognize leaders who embody the core standards and ethics of our profession while advancing the rights of LGBT people, engage others within our profession to extend recognition and respect for LGBT people, and advocate for equality for LGBT people through collaboration with professional and civil rights organizations.

Awarded to: The Arcus Foundation (accepted by Lia Parifax at the fundraising dinner)

The Arcus Foundation is a global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and with the natural world. The Social Justice Program is one of their two main programs and the goal is “to ensure that individuals and families around the world of every sexual orientation and gender identity are able to live their lives with dignity and respect, and express their love and sense of self.” In 2014 alone, the Arcus Foundation gave 178 grants totaling more than $18 million to organizations promoting justice and change for LGBT communities around the globe.

Within the social justice program, there are three main areas:

  • The Global Religions Program supports pro-LGBT, faith-based organizing and advocacy within the context of the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism
  • The International Human Rights program works on national, regional, and international levels, to contribute to the development of a global movement integrating sexual orientation and gender identity into shared conceptions of human rights
  • The U.S. Social Justice Program supports a wide variety of organizations focused on advancing social justice for LGBT people in the U.S., with a significant focus on LGBT youth and communities of color.

In sum, the Arcus Foundation has provided support for important, timely and far-reaching work in LGBT communities and is well-deserving of this year's Clarity Award.

This award was presented at fundraising dinner.