Katz Wins Second Annual Ken Dawson Award

CLAGS is pleased to announce that Jonathan Ned Katz has been chosen from among 17 candidates as the winner of the second annua l $5,000 Ken Dawson Award. The prize was established in memory of one of our community’s most admired leaders. Ken Dawson served for years as the Executive Director of SAGE (Sen ior Action in a Gay Environment) and built it into a major service organizat ion. Known everywhere as much for his warmth and kindness as for his charisma, Dawson was at work on developing a Leadership Conference for lesbian and gay community organizers when he died of AIDS in 1992. The Dawson Award was established to foster scholarship in lesbian and gay history and is open to anyone working in that field, regardless of whether or not they have a university affiliation. This year, Jonathan Ned Katz won for his planned study of male/male relationships in the United States in the period 1820- 1860. The runner-up for the award was John Howard, who is completing his doctorate in American Studies at Emory University, and is at work preparing the very first anthology on lesbian and gay southern history. Jonathan Ned Katz is one of the founding figures in gay and lesbian history. His 1976 book, Gay American History, is regarded by many as the pioneering work in the field. He followed it with Gay/Lesbian Almanac, and a number of other works. His newest book, The Invention of Heterosexuality, will be published this March.