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Black Tie Dinner Awards

Black Tie Dinner recognizes individuals, organizations or corporations that have made a significant contribution regarding to the continued fight for GLBT rights.

Media Award

Established in 2008, the Black Tie Dinner Media Award recognizes the importance of increased positive awareness of GLBT issues in the media.

  • 2012: jcpenney
  • 2011: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • 2010: Chely Wright
  • 2009: Cyndi Lauper
  • 2008: Logo

Elizabeth Birch Equality Award

Named for the former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, The Elizabeth Birch Equality Award is given in recognition of demonstrated national impact on GLBT rights.

  • 2012: Chaz Bono
  • 2011: Eric Alva
  • 2010: American Airlines
  • 2009: Judy Shepard
  • 2008: Bishop V. Gene Robinson
  • 2007: not awarded
  • 2006: Alan Cumming
  • 2005: Sharon Stone
  • 2004: Showtime Networks
  • 2003: Elizabeth Birch

Kuchling Humanitarian Award

The Kuchling Humanitarian Award, presented each year since 1983 at the Black Tie Dinner, is given to individuals who have made extraordinary gifts of their time and talents on behalf of the gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender community. The award is named in honor of the late Raymond Kuchling, a leading activist in Dallas’ LGBT community in the 1980s.

  • 2012: Lucilo Peña
  • 2011: Chet Flake and Bud Knight
  • 2010: Rev. Carol West
  • 2009: Steve Atkinson
  • 2008: Rebecca Covell & Phil Johnson
  • 2007: Roger Wedell
  • 2006: Jay Oppenheimer
  • 2005: Christine Jarosz
  • 2004: Lee Taft
  • 2003: C. Michael Toole
  • 2002: Becky Thompson
  • 2001: Larry Pease
  • 2000: The Honorable Harryette Ehrhardt
  • 1999: CeCe Cox & Jack Pettit
  • 1998: Carol Hall/Candy Marcum & George Harris/Jack Evans
  • 1997: Kathy Bowser & Richard Peeples
  • 1996: Alan Levi & Barbara O’Brien
  • 1995: Deb Elder & Don McCleary
  • 1994: Carolyn Dunbar & Carl Parker
  • 1993: Mica England & Randolph Terrell
  • 1992: Lory Huitt-Masters & Reed Dana Hunsdorfer
  • 1991: Vivienne Armstrong / Louis Young & Raymond Maurice Kuchling
  • 1990: William Warren Waybourn
  • 1989: Charlotte Taft
  • 1988: Michael Raymond Merdian
  • 1987: Michael David Grossman
  • 1986: William Harvey Nelson, Jr.
  • 1985: Donald Floyd Baker
  • 1984: James Richard Weaver, Jr.
  • 1983: John Thomas