Winner of the First Annual Ken Dawson Award

CLAGS established the Ken Dawson Award in loving memory of one of our community’s most admired leaders. Dawson served for years as the executive director of SAGE (Senior Action in a Gay Environment) and built it into a major service organization. Known everywhere as much for his warmth and kindness as his charisma, Dawson was at work on developing a Leadership Conference for gay and lesbian community organizers when he died of AIDS in April 1992. His work on leadership is being continued by others. The annual Ken Dawson Award of $5,000 was established to foster gay and lesbian history and is open to anyone working in that field, regardless of whether or not they have university affiliation. The first annual Dawson competition this year drew 13 applicants, nearly all of high quality (would that CLAGS had more such awards to give away; are you listening potential donors? –the need is great). The competition was judged by CLAGS’s Fellowship Committee, consisting of Martin Duberman, Ann Pollinger Haas, Vivien Ng, Sharon Thompson, and Randolph Trumbach. The committee chose Marc Robert Stein as this year’s winner for his proposal, “The City of Sisterly and Brotherly Loves: The Making of Lesbian and Gay Communities in Greater Philadelphia, 1945-1976.” Stein has embarked on this study as his doctoral thesis at the University of Pennsylvania, with Carroll Smith-Rosenberg serving as his advisor. Anyone reading this newsletter who knows of primary source materials relating to Philadelphia’s gay and lesbian history can contact Marc Stein at 2322 St. Albans Place, Philadelphia, PA 19146.