The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced who will receive their two local awards at the 26th Annual Atlanta HRC Gala Dinner and Auction at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta on May 4, 2013.
Joining Hearts, a housing assistance non-profit organization based in Atlanta that benefits those living with HIV/AIDS, will receive the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award. Since its founding in 1987, Joining Hearts has contributed more than $1,589,500 to help house people affected by HIV/AIDS. Joining Hearts is an all-volunteer organization that is one of the oldest of its kind in the region.
Dr. Michael Shutt will be the recipient of the Leon Allen and Winston Johnson Community Service Award. Shutt is the assistant dean for Campus Life at Emory University, where he has also served as the director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Life since 2008. Shutt contributes to the LGBT community in higher education through his work on the Executive Board of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the University of Georgia’s College of Education Department of Counseling and Human Development.
More than 1,000 attendees were at the 2012 Gala Dinner and Auction, which raised approximately $500,000 for the HRC’s work toward LGBT equality. Information about the event, sponsorships, and tickets can be found at atlantahrcdinner.org. Purchase your tickets online; they will not be sold at the door.