Out Brunch Awards
So much work and love goes into advancing and supporting the work of the LGBTQ+ community in Southern Arizona. The everyday heroes in our community do not undertake the work for the fame or the glory. Rather, they fight on, keeping their focus on the betterment of the entire LGBTQ+ community. Far too often, their praises go unsung, but their work benefits so many.
In its day, Wingspan bestowed three community members with awards to honor their work in, and on behalf of, the LGBTQ+ community in Southern Arizona. While times have transitioned and Wingspan is no longer around, the work of excellent community members and leaders continues.
The Out Brunch returns to the legacy of honoring local leaders in the LGBTQ+ community with the Steve Hall, Godat, Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally, and the Richard Elías Public Servant awards. Picking up where these awards were last given, the Out Brunch honors a special volunteer, a lifetime leader in the community, and an outstanding ally.
Steve Hall Award
The Steve Hall Award is given to an individual who makes outstanding volunteer contributions to further the mission of promoting freedom, equality, safety and well-being of LGBTQ+ people in Southern Arizona. Honoring the dedication and consistent commitment of the volunteer’s life to the LGBTQ+ community, the Steve Hall Award honors the past work and promotes the future volunteer endeavors of the recipient. The award is named after Steve Hall, a pioneering volunteer who served the LGBTQ+ community with tireless dedication Mr. Hall died in 2001.
The Godat Award was inaugurated in 1998 to recognize extraordinary long-term contributions by an individual to southern Arizona’s LGBTQ+ community. Recipients of this prestigious award have shown keen leadership in the LGBTQ+ community and advocated throughout their careers for the advancement of the whole community. Ken Godat, after whom the award is named, was the first recipient. Since its inception, the Godat Award has celebrated the personal commitment and public advocacy of southern Arizona’s LGBTQ+ leaders.
Dr. Jean Baker Community Ally Award
In 2001, an award was created to honor a straight ally who has made significant contributions to advance the freedom, equality, safety, and well-being of LGBTQ+ people in southern Arizona. Knowing that the work of so many in the LGBTQ+ community is aided and furthered by our straight allies, The Jean Baker Community Ally Award shines a light on the faithful and indefatigable efforts of an ally working with southern Arizona’s LGBTQ+ community.
Richard Elías Public Servant Award
Inaugurated in 2021, the Richard Elías Public Servant Award will be presented to public or government servants who have made significant or extraordinary contributions to the equality, equity, health, and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community of Tucson and Arizona. This award is named after Representative Richard Elías for his long time support to both the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS community, and other marginalized groups.
HIV, LGBTQ+ individuals, and communities marginalized by society.