Introducing the
2020 LGBTQ+ Community Advocate Award
About the Award

This award recognizes contributions to or advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ+ communities in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Individuals who have contributed in one or more of the following ways are eligible for consideration:

  • Elevated the status of LGBTQ+ identified persons and/or allies.
  • Helped to improve community policies affecting LGBTQ+ identified persons.
  • An individual who has been a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity within the LGBTQ+ community
  • Enhanced visibility and awareness of LGBTQ+ issues.
  • Must be nominated by a member or sponsor organization.
  • Must be a person or business/organization residing in Dane County who is working to advance the equality and quality of the life for the LGBTQ+ community
  • The winner will be voted on by the Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors are ineligible to receive the award
  • Diversity of nominees must be considered. Care must be taken when selecting the winner to ensure ethnic, racial, gender, and orientation
  • Please send your nominations including a brief summary of why the person or business/organization is qualified to receive this award to

Nominations are due by January 31, 2020. The recipient will be recognized at the OPEN Annual Dinner on March 13, 2020.
Submit nominations to

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