The Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award
Schlegel 2015 Emerging Activist - Rob Waara
The Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award for an Emerging Activist.
Nominations for the 2016 Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award for an Emerging Activist are due no later than Sunday, September 18th, 2016.
The Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award for an Emerging Activist recognizes an individual in the United States who has exhibited outstanding leadership and significantly contributed to the dignity and freedom of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. The Legion of Honor Award will be presented during the annual DC LGBTQ Student Conference and serves as an opportunity to:
Acknowledge an individual who has made outstanding contributions to LGBTQ communities through activism, advocacy, education, and/or policy
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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities
Highlight individuals whose work may not have been recognized to the level it merits
Allow members of the American University & DC metropolitan communities to interact with individuals who have significantly enhanced the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people
The Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award for an Emerging Activist is given to a U.S. based high school student or college undergraduate who has made outstanding contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities through activism, advocacy, education, and/or policy. Individuals who are working in churches, elementary schools, with women and/or trans/genderqueer people, people of color, and international/immigrant communities are highly encouraged for nominations.
The recipient will receive a cash award and travel expenses for attending the DC LGBTQ Student Conference held in the Washington, D.C. metro area in November 2016. Receipt of the award is contingent upon the recipient's ability to attend the Symposium and, if comfortable, provide brief remarks.
Members of the American University community serve on a selection committee which will review nominations, conduct additional research as needed, and select the winners.
Nominations for the 2016 Emerging Activist are due no later than Sunday, September 18, 2016. Nominations may be sent by mail, fax, or email to The Center for Diversity and Inclusion at American University. Mailing address, fax, and email information is provided at the bottom of the page.
All Nominations must include the following:
Nominator Information - Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including the nominee. Please include the following information about the nominator:
Relationship to the nominee
Website (if applicable)
Confirmation nominee can attend the DC LGBTQ Student Conference on Saturday, November 12th, 2016.
Letter of Recommendation(s) (2 maximum per nomination) which address:
Why do you feel the nominee deserves the Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award?
What are the nominee's major accomplishments and/or activities?
What other information should the selection committee know about the nominee?
Letters of Recommendation can be written or in video format (nominations must include at least 1 written letter). If you are sending a video recommendation, please make sure to include the nominator & nominee information in the email through which you sent the video file or link.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion, American University
Mary Graydon Center, Room 201
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20016
Tel: (202) 885-3651
Fax: (202) 885-1168
Richard L. Schlegel was an American University alumnus and a pioneer in the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Richard fought discrimination based on sexual orientation in the late 1950s and early 1960s, long before LGBTQ 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
2015 Award Recipient
Emerging Activist: Rob Waara
2014 Award Recipient
Emerging Activist: Alex Riolo
2013 Award Recipient
2012 Award Recipient
2011 Award Recipients
Miriam Fried & Tonei Glavinic
National Center for Transgender Equality
2010 Award Recipients
Emerging Activist: Lakeia Spady
2009 Award Recipients
2008 Award Recipients
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force