LGBTQ Veterans Recognition Month
In 2014 Stonewall Columbus proclaimed November LGBTQ Veterans Recognition Month in appreciation of those in our LGBTQ community who have served so bravely and selflessly.
We believe this appreciation was long overdue.
For many years, our LGBTQ veterans were forced to live closeted lives in order to serve their country. Often, they were dishonorably forced out of the military because of who they loved or simply because of who they were. Not only have our LGBTQ veterans historically served at home and abroad in many eras and conflicts, they have also risked much to push our country towards the promise of equality.
We think it vitally important that the stories of those who serve and have served are valued, respected and above all, heard.
The Donald R Hallman LGBTQ Veterans Recognition Awards
Stonewall annually recognizes retired service members and or military spouses with the LGBT Veterans Recognition Award. In 2018 the LGBTQ Veterans Recognition program was renamed in honor of Donald R. Hallman – a 2015 recognition recipient.
Last year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and change in organizational leadership, we were unable to engage the process needed to support a full execution of the LGBT Veterans Recognition program. This year we return to accepting nominations for the LGBT Veterans Recognition Awards.
2021 Veterans Award Recipients
Angela F. Swain
Let us take a moment to recognize all of our past recipients:
- Brenda Crumley
- Russell “Russ” Goodwin
- Lindsay Roberts
- Trevor Sthultz
- Sandra Davis
- Brian Endicott
- Donald R. Hallman
- Todd Shinkle – In Memorium
- Kyle Davidson
- Fred T. Lee
- Laura Harper
- Rupert “Twink” Starr
*Denotes military spouse recipient
Thank you for your service!
Past Awards Recognition Programming:
- American Veterans for Equal Rights
- Transgender American Veterans Association
- US Department of Veteran Affairs