GLBTRT Award for Political Activism

The GLBTRT Award for Political Activism honors librarians, library related organizations (including libraries, library staff, library boards, library friends), and other individuals or groups (public or private) that have demonstrated excellence in the area of GLBT activism. The award is designed for someone who is involved in efforts to promote GLBT issues, impedes the progress of anti-GLBT efforts, or raises awareness of GLBT matters locally, statewide, nationally or internationally.  The award recognizes the work of taking a clear stance on an issue, voicing an opinion and working to ensure that positive change happens for the GLBT community. The award may be given for a specific action, repeated actions (like a campaign), or a lifetime of work.  The award consists of a citation and $1,000.  The award will be presented at the beginning of the Stonewall Books Awards Program held on the Monday morning of the ALA Annual Conference.

This award will be presented to an individual, group, or organization that has demonstrated positive and lasting change for GLBT individuals.  Innovation, collaboration, risk-taking, and being a change-agent will all be taken into account as part of the criteria for the award.  The award will be given to a person, group, or organization that has invested time and talent to make positive changes for GLBT people.

The commitment to intellectual freedom, while important, should not be the hallmark of the submission or the reason for its award; other ALA awards for intellectual freedom are the appropriate avenue for recognition of these actions.

Nominees must show evidence of activism.

Examples may include:

  • Collaboration with other GLBT, ally, or community groups.
  • Dedication to a GLBT cause that can be demonstrated through specific actions taken in the awards consideration period.
  • Work resulting in demonstrable improvement in the area of GLBT issues, including but not limited to, workplace discrimination, housing, healthcare, marriage, teen issues, gender issues, marriage equality, etc.
  • Communicating the need for work in areas related to GLBT political activism and consistently voicing positive change.
  • Role modeling future change efforts.

Members of the current GLBTRT Award for Political Activism Jury, their family members and respective institutions are ineligible to receive the award, as are any donors to the award. GLBTRT Executive Board members are also ineligible.

One award will be given annually to one of the above eligible persons or groups.  If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented in a given year.

Award List

Criteria

Criteria for award:

  • Candidate shows a dedication to a GLBT cause that can be demonstrated through specific actions taken in the awards consideration period.
  • Candidate’s work has led to a demonstrable improvement in the area of GLBT issues, including but not limited to, workplace discrimination, housing, healthcare, marriage, teen issues, etc.
  • Candidate has been effective at communicating the need for work in areas related to GLBT political activism and has been a consistent voice for positive change.
  • Candidate is a role model for future change efforts.

Only the materials submitted will be considered. They should represent a full portrait of the candidate’s accomplishments. Specific examples are useful as is supporting documentation. Jurors may bring to the attention of the jury personal knowledge, examples of social media, web information, or publications to share.

Eligibility

Members of the current GLBTRT Award for Political Activism Jury, their families or members of their households nor their respective institutions are ineligible to receive the Award. Further, donors to the awards are ineligible to receive the award to prevent the appearance of impropriety.  GLBTRT Executive Board members are also ineligible.  

Application

Nominations are now closed

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications will be accepted through December 9, 2016.

Required materials:

  • Letter of nomination
  • supporting documentation and letters of support including statements of outstanding contributions 

Questions? Please contact GLBTRT Staff Liaison Kristin Lahurd, klahurd@ala.org/(312) 280-3275

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