2019 Award Winners
Robert Bell – The Steve Hall Award
Robert Bell exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism in the LGBTQ+ community. With a decade of service at Eon, a program for LGBTQ+ youth, and almost as many years serving with Southern Arizona Senior Pride, Bell continues to dedicate hours upon hours of his time to LGBTQ+ focused programming. In addition, Bell has also served with the Pima Council on Aging, on their board and volunteering with Project Visibility, and he continues to work with the LGBT&S Alliance Fund.
Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah – The Godat Award
Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah has been nothing but an outstanding asset to the LGBTQ+ community since he moved to Tucson. As a health care provider, Dr. Grivois-Shah focuses on expanding health care access for LGBTQ+ individuals and provides critical knowledge and compassion in his work. Dr. Grivois-Shah was also a leader and advocate in the process of banning conversion therapy of LGBTQ+ youth in Pima County. He was an integral force in making this Arizona’s first ever ban on conversion therapy.
Naomi Cramer – Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally Award
Naomi Cramer continues to prove herself an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and embodies the spirit of the Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally Award through her work at Banner Health. Cramer has led positive changes on a large scale inside the Banner organization in order to better serve and respect the LGBTQ+ community. Her work includes spearheading mandatory LGBTQ+ inclusive health care trainings for over 850 clinic and call center staff, as well as making sure all intake forms were updated to include a variety of fields including chosen name. Cramer continues to advocate for and promote LGBTQ+ positive improvements for the Banner Health system and Arizona.
The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action.