LGBTQ Leadership Awards
Each year Diverse & Resilient recognizes individuals and organizations for their leadership in and on behalf of Wisconsin’s LGBTQ community. Honorees are recognized at the Reviving the Dream Celebration, which is held annually in March. The event honors the memory of Bayard Rustin, an openly gay man who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement and an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Youth Leadership Award (Age 14 – 19)
This award honors the youth whose contributions to themselves and their peers deserve acknowledgement. This youth is dreaming big, taking on challenges, and moving toward a bigger life.
Young Adult Leadership Award (Age 20 – 29)
This award honors the young adult whose increasing acceptance of responsibility includes continued learning, an interest in being mentored or coached, and fostering the development of other youth.
Adult Leadership Award (Age 30+)
This award honors the LGBTQ adult community member whose contributions to themselves and their peers deserve acknowledgement. This adult is dreaming big, taking on challenges, and moving toward a bigger life. This award also honors the adult whose increasing acceptance of responsibility includes continued teaching, community contributions, an interest in mentoring or coaching, and fostering the development of other LGBTQ individuals.
Acceptance Journeys Award
The nominee for this award is an ally to LGBTQ individuals who develops both interpersonal connections with members of the LGBTQ community and works to eliminate homophobia or heterosexism in a specific setting. Nominees to this category are advocates for equal access and the rights of all LGBTQ individuals, they embrace LGBTQ individuals for who they are, and they celebrate the contributions made by LGBTQ individuals.
LGBTQ Sustainability Award
Any LGBTQ group, project, program, organization, or agency (youth or adult) in Wisconsin may be nominated for this award. Selection criteria is based on efforts to assure the healthy development of LGBTQ individuals, the promotion of program partnerships, collaborations with other LGBTQ and allied organizations, community outreach, and community development.
LGBTQ Staff Award
This award is only open to program staff and / or leaders of LGBTQ groups, projects, programs, organizations, or agencies (youth or adult) in Wisconsin. This award is intended for a program staff member who models healthy development and who best illustrates dedication and self-care. Ideally, the recipient would be nominated by colleagues from the same group, project, program, organization, or agency (youth or adult).
Community Partner Award
From individual donors to foundations and corporations, LGBTQ organizations are supported by community partners. This award is given to the person or organization providing financial, volunteer, or emotional support to Diverse & Resilient or any of the LGBTQ organizations with which it partners.
Bayard Rustin Award
Bayard Rustin was perhaps best known as the man who taught the principles of non-violent resistance to Martin Luther King, Jr. and who organized the 1963 March on Washington (the site of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech). Rustin was also an openly gay African American man whose great achievements were hidden from public view because of his sexual orientation. The nominee for this category reflects the spirit of Bayard Rustin. The recipient is someone who organizes big things in the LGBTQ community and leads in the face of resistance; someone whose work is not always in the spotlight. This award is open to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation.