Awards and recognition that I have received for my work and writing.
Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award for Lesbian and Gay Writing, 2006, presented by Publishing Triangle. Other winners include Adrienne Rich, Armistead Maupin, and Audre Lorde.
Lambda Literary Awards: Winner, Best Lesbian Studies Book, 1996; Finalist, Best Lesbian Biography/Autobiography; Best Anthology, 1991; Best Nonfiction, 1989.
Grand Marshal, Heritage of Pride Parade, New York City, June 2002. I was honored along with other responders in the aftermath of 9/11. I worked with traumatized Pace University students in the shadow of the World Trade Center. My account of it is in “Teaching as Healing at Ground Zero” (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Pictured above, left, Karen Kerner, "Grand Partner," Karla's spouse; right, Karla Jay, Grand Marshal.
Jefferson Award, Bronze Medal. The Jefferson Awards are “America’s most prestigious celebration of the power of service to others.”
Ambassador for the LGBTQ collections of the New York Public Library Research Division. My papers, correspondence, and manuscripts have been acquired by the NYPL.
Medal of Honor, Veteran Feminists of America, I was an early member of Redstockings and a founding member of Radicalesbians (Lavender Menace Action). I organized the “First National Ogle-in” (1970), the first action anywhere against sexist street harassment.
Out of the Closets:Voices of Gay Liberation (co-edited by Allen Young). Chosen by Publishing Triangle as one of the Top 100 LGBT Nonfiction Books of all time.
Out of the Closets (1972) was the first anthology of writing for and by LGBT people.
Go! Magazine ‘s fifteen top literary lesbians.
LGBTQ Trailblazer Award, Pace University. I was honored for my almost 40 years of work with LGBTQ students and for having started Queer Studies at Pace.
Kenan Award for Excellence in Teaching, Pace University. Chosen by my peers as outstanding professor.
Speaker in the Humanities, New York Council for the Humanities. For a number of years I traveled around New York State, speaking about my work on American expatriates.