2020 Award Winners
– The Steve Hall Award
Curt Beall is the true definition of a role model within the LGBTQ+ community. He invests his time in many capacities as a volunteer for different organizations such as the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, the LGBTQ Alliance Fund, and El Rio Health Center’s Special Immunology Associates. Curt is a community leader when it comes to educating and speaking out publicly about his experiences living with HIV. He lends his singing voice and performs at various community events including the AIDS Candlelight Memorial. In addition, he actively organizes and takes part in social and networking groups to ensure that the LGBTQ+ community stays connected.
– The Godat Award
Erin Russ has been and continues to be an integral member of the LGBTQ+ community. Erin began honing their leadership skills as an Army Infantry Captain for over ten years. They now serve as a Board Member for the Tucson LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and the Boy Scouts of America in Southern Arizona, and recently retired as the Director of Programs for the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance. Erin’s various leadership roles have allowed their voice to be amplified, addressing transgender issues and creating positive change within our city. Erin has been instrumental in helping educate and support the transgender medical offerings within the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration.
– Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally Award
Dr. Tracey Kurtzman embodies what it means to be a true ally to the LGBTQ+ community. In her role as a pediatrician at El Rio Health, she has provided the much-needed inclusive care for transgender children and their families. She is appreciated for the safe space she has created within her practice. She has gone above and beyond by attending local school board meetings where she takes the time to educate everyone on how to better support transgender children and the community. Dr. Kurtzman was a member of the team that updated the TUSD Family Life Curriculum to be age-appropriate, medically-accurate, comprehensive, and inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community and continued to advocate its implementation.
The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action.