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Founder's Award

The Founder's Award was established in 2005 and given at the first annual Lavender Graduation, sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center, Lambda Alliance, and GLOBES. This award honors an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the University of Georgia LGBTQ community. The winner of this award is recognized each year at our annual Lavender Graduation.

The award was established in honor of its first recipient, Asa Green whose story and contribution to the community inspired the creation of the award. Asa Green co-founded the first gay student organization at UGA, the Committee on Gay Education (CGE), in 1971. This group held several events on campus, including a dance in the Memorial Hall Ballroom. CGE took the University to court for the right to use the ballroom for the dance. This dance, in 1972, was the first gay dance at a university in the Southeast.

Any individual who has made a substantial and long-lasting contribution to the LGBTQ community at the University of Georgia is eligible for nomination. The criteria upon which the nominees are evaluated are

  • Connection to the LGBTQ community
  • Significant contribution(s) to the LGBTQ community at UGA
  • Lasting impact of contribution(s)
  • Leadership in the LGBTQ community


Past Award Winners

Dr. Needham Yancey Gulley
  Chairperson for Boybutante AIDS Foundation and overall community activist


Dr. Corey Johnson
  Co-Founder of Georgia Safe Schools Coalition


Reverend Dr. Renee DuBose
  Pastor of Our Hope Metropolitan Community Church


Dr. Michael Shutt
  First Director of The University of Georgia LGBT Resource Center


Dr. Rodney Bennett
  Vice President of Student Affairs


Annette Hatton
  Founder of GLOBES, the queer faculty/staff organization at The University of Georgia


Asa Green
  Co-Founded the Committee on Gay Education in 1971


For more information about the Founder’s Award, contact us at

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center | The University of Georgia
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