The Courage Award

Recognizing leaders in the LGBTQ+ and military communities who blazed a trail for others to follow. 

MG Tammy Smith – the first openly gay General Officer in the United States Army. 

Allyson Robinson ’94 – longtime advocate for LGBTQ+ equality and former executive director of OutServe/SLDN.

Kristin Beck – the first former U.S. Navy Seal to come out as transgender.

Hon. Eric Fanning – first openly gay service secretary in United States history. 

Ashley Broadway-Mack – president of the American Military Partners Association and advocate for LGBTQ+ military families. 

COL (R) Sheri Swokowski – highest-ranking openly transgender veteran in the United States. 

Hudson Taylor – for his work supporting LGBTQ+ representation in athletics through Athlete Ally. 

Rev. Troy Perry – founder of the Metropolitan Community Church and advocate for LGBTQ+ equality.

The 2020 Courage Award was awarded to Laila Ireland, Logan Ireland, El Cook, and Jennifer Peace for their advocacy in the documentary, “TransMilitary.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the gala was postponed.