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American U. Honors

University organization accepting nominations for GLBT award

The GLBTA Resource Center at American University is currently accepting applications for the Richard L. Schlegel National Legion of Honor Award in two categories: Emerging Activist and Visionary Leader.

Applications are due by 5 p.m., on Friday, March 6. Applicants for the Emerging Activist Award, must be between 14 and 30 years olds, living in the United States, and have made ”outstanding contributions” to GLBT communities.

The Visionary Award is given to organizations that have made ”outstanding” contributions to the GLBT community in a various ways, including: education, media outreach, prevention efforts, social services and more. Past winners of the Visionary Award include the Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, which received $500 and a plaque, in 2007.

The award is named after Schlegel, a gay AU alumnus and gay rights pioneer who was fighting for GLBT equality throughout the ’50s and ’60s. He gained national notoriety in the ’60s, for challenging his termination from the Department of the Army and pursuing it all the way to the Supreme Court.

According to a press release from AU’s GLBTA Resource Center, winners will receive a cash prize, and will be announced at the beginning of March.

For more information on how to apply, visit