2022 LGBTQ+ Progress Awards
Thu, Aug 4 at 5pm
The Shepherd Express is excited to celebrate LGBTQ+ progress in Milwaukee on Thursday, August 4th at the beautiful Saint Kate Arts Hotel. With your support, we can make great strides in Milwaukee and beyond!
TICKETS ON SALE NOW THROUGH JULY 28
Individual Ticket: $70
Half Table (4 seats): $260
Full Table (8 seats): $480
*Limited seating. ALL winners receive a FREE seat at the event.
TBD ( menue is being finalized)
5:00-6:00pm Cocktail Hour
7:00-8:00pm Awards Presentation
LGBTQ+ Progress Award Winners
LGBTQ+ PROGRESS AWARDS PRESENTING SPONSOR:
Established in 2015 by the Shepherd Express, the LGBTQ+ Progress Awards recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations that have, through their long-term community engagement—from arts and culture to philanthropy and from activism to health and education—contributed to the progress of equality, human rights and quality of LGBTQ life in Milwaukee and Southern Wisconsin.
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE 2022 RECIPIENTS:
PIONEER OF LGBTQ PROGRESS: GARY HOLLANDER, PHD
As founder and decades-long president of the capacity building organization, Diverse & Resilient, Hollander advanced LGBTQ health, focusing on underserved and marginalized Black, brown, and indigenous communities.
PHILANTHROPY: DR. ROBERT STARSHAK AND ROSS DRAEGERT
The philanthropic power couple of Starshak and Draegert have over the course of several decades supported major LGBTQ community, social service and political projects.
ACTIVISM: ELLE HALO
Trans advocate and activist Elle Halo has become a prominent leader in the struggle for social and racial justice as well as LGBTQ rights.
ARTS & CULTURE: KAREN VALENTINE (AKA MICHAEL JOHNSTON)
Coming out in 1978 Johnston immediately became engaged in the community and over the decades has worn many hats (and wigs) as an LGBTQ press columnist, fundraiser, philanthropist, volunteer, mentor and, of course, as drag icon Karen Valentine.
EDUCATION: GRETA VOIT
Greta Voit, a science teacher at Waukesha North High School, is a long-time Gay-Straight Alliance advisor. She is a fierce advocate for just schools and queer kids in Waukesha.
HEALTH: HOLTON STREET CLINIC
For 30 years a nonprofit community health service, Holton Street Clinic conducts awareness and outreach programs and provides evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of STI and HIV.
BUSINESS: PENZEY'S SPICES
A local purveyor of both flavorful and political spice, Penzey’s has long been on the forefront of social justice with its unapologetic attacks on homophobia and racism as well as financial support for civil rights related causes.
EQUALITY: LESBIAN ALLIANCE OF METRO MILWAUKEE
Since 1989 LAMM has represented the Milwaukee lesbian community, advocating for lesbian rights and awareness as well as providing social, health and education support to its members and the community at large.
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