Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award

As one of the founders of Human Rights Campaign Fund in 1980, Dan Bradley distinguished himself through his career as a courageous champion of civil rights. As president of the Legal Services Corporation, Dan was the highest-ranking Presidential appointee ever to acknowledge his homosexuality. That act of bravery set the stage for an impressive string of national media appearances and Dan’s activism on the boards of many national and local organizations. Dan was the inspiration behind the historic June 1, 1987 demonstration at the White House and proudly led 64 gay and lesbian leaders to jail in a symbolic act of civil disobedience. A native of Georgia and a graduate of Mercer University, Dan passed away in January 1988 at the age of 47.

This award is bestowed upon an individual or group who continues Dan Bradley’s tradition of activism and service to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2016 – Georgia Equality
  • 2015 – Action Cycling Atlanta
  • 2014 – Lost-N-Found
  • 2013 – Joining Hearts
  • 2012 – The Health Initiative
  • 2011 – Jeff Cleghorn
  • 2010 – Simone Bell
  • 2009 – YouthPride
  • 2008 – Rev. Meredith, Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • 2007 – Jack Senterfit
  • 2006 – Tony Conway, Legendary Events
  • 2005 – Cynthia Tucker, The AJC
  • 2004 – Dr. Karla Drenner, Georgia State Representative
  • 2003 – Kathy Colbenson, CEO, Chris Homes, Inc.
  • 2002 – The Atlanta Games, Inc.
  • 2001 – Tony Braswell & Jim Marks
  • 2000 – H. Philip Rafshoon
  • 1999 – Kenneth F. Britt
  • 1998 – AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta
  • 1997 – Edith Dee Cofrin
  • 1996 – Rev. Mike Cordle
  • 1995 – Shannon Byrne
  • 1994 – Larry Pellegrini
  • 1993 – Don George
  • 1992 – Dick Sargent
  • 1991 – Tom Teepen
  • 1990 – David Sheppard
  • 1989 – Vic Basile
  • 1988 – Hon. John Lewis, U.S. Congressman