Leon Allen and Winston Johnson Community Leadership Award

The Human Rights Campaign Atlanta Steering Committee presents this award each year to the individual or group who offers distinguished service and leadership for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. This award recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who dedicate not only substantial time and energy, but also spirit and whole-hearted commitment to advance the fight for our civil rights. Appreciating our current leadership will foster others to follow in their footsteps. Leon Allen and Winston Johnson were founders of the Atlanta HRC Dinner.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2016 – The Bert Show
  • 2015 – The Plaintiffs of Inniss v. Aderhold (Georgia Marriage Equality Case)
  • 2014 – Elizabeth “E.R.” Anderson, Charis
  • 2013 – Michael Shutt
  • 2012 – Rev. Phillip Thomason
  • 2011 – Paul Plate
  • 2010 – Vandy Beth Glen
  • 2009 – Officer Dani Lee Harris
  • 2008 – Frank Bragg, Metrotainment Café’s
  • 2007 – Kathy Kelly
  • 2006 – Melissa Carter, Q100
  • 2005 – Nan Grogan Orrock, Representative GA House
  • 2004 – Eric and Nancy Edmondson
  • 2003 – Dr. Jesse Peel, MD
  • 2002 – Kecia Cunningham, Decatur City Commissioner
  • 2001 – Dr. Linda McGehee
  • 2000 – Cathy Woolard, Atlanta City Councilmember
  • 1999 – ACLU & Lambda Legal Defense Fund
  • 1998 – Brooke Glaefke
  • 1997 – Aida Rentas
  • 1996 – Cherry Spencer-Stark
  • 1995 – Cobb Citizens Coalition / Olympics Out of Cobb
  • 1994 – Mary Davis, Atlanta City Councilmember
  • 1993 – Linda Bryant and Sherry Emory
  • 1992 – Judith Colbs and Joan Garner
  • 1991 – LEGAL
  • 1990 – Southern Voice
  • 1989 – The Metropolitan Council of Gay/Lesbian Orgs
  • 1988 – The Atlanta March on Washington Committee