The 2017 HistoryMaker Awards


On October 11th, 2017, The History Project invites you to celebrate Boston's LGBTQ history. Join us as we honor community members and organizations who make history every day.

The HistoryMaker Award is presented to an individual or organization whose lifetime achievements have had a significant and positive effect on Boston's LGBTQ communities.

We're thrilled to announce that Larry Kessler has been named the 2017 recipient of the HistoryMaker Award!

Larry Kessler is truly a monumental figure in Boston's LGBTQ community. Through his leadership of the AIDS Action Committee during the crucial first decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, he touched - and helped save - thousands of lives. Please join us in honoring a leader who raised a beacon of hope during one of the most challenging periods of our community's history.

Named after one of the early symbols of the Gay Liberation movement, the Lavender Rhino Award is presented to an emerging activist or organization whose impact on the LGBTQ community deserves recognition. Allison Wright has been named the 2017 recipient of the Lavender Rhino Award!

Allison, a Staff Attorney at GLAD since 2012, embodies these values through her work as a lawyer on behalf of the LGBTQ community. During her time at GLAD, Allison has primarily dedicated her work to addressing issues impacting LGBTQ people of color. In her relatively short career, she's had several impactful successes for our community.

In 2013, Allison challenged a homeless shelter's denial of equal treatment to a Black transgender client, resulting in a model policy for transgender inclusion at shelters across Massachusetts.

In 2014, Allison was named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Lawyers of the Year for helping a prominent Ugandan LGBTI activist gain asylum following President Museveni's signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. Currently, she represents a Latinx transgender individual who was denied services because of their race and gender at a clothing pantry operated by a religiously-affiliated non-profit.

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