Honors & Awards

Awards and recognition that I have received for my work and writing.

Publishing Triangle

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 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


 Lambda Literary Awards: Winner, Best Lesbian Studies Book, 1996; Finalist, Best Lesbian Biography/Autobiography; Best Anthology, 1991; Best Nonfiction, 1989.  

Heritage of Pride Parade

Photo of Karen Kerner, "Grand Partner," Karla's spouse and Karla Jay, Grand Marshal.

 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

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 Jefferson Award, Bronze Medal.  The Jefferson Awards are “America’s most prestigious celebration of the power of service to others.”     

NYPL, LGBTQ Collections

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 Ambassador for the LGBTQ collections of the New York Public Library Research Division.  My papers, correspondence, and manuscripts have been acquired by the NYPL. 

Veteran Feminists of America

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 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. 

Publishing Triangle

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 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.   

An LGBT Publishing first...

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 Out of the Closets (1972) was the first anthology of writing  for and by LGBT people.

Out Magazine's OUT 100

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 "Out 100" chosen by Out Magazine as one of the 100 most influential lesbians and gay men.  Each year OUT Magazine chooses 100 of the most compelling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the world to create its OUT100 list.

Go! Magazine's Top 15

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 Go! Magazine ‘s fifteen top literary lesbians. 

Pace University

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 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. 

Pace University

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 Kenan Award for Excellence in Teaching, Pace University.  Chosen by my peers as outstanding professor.   

New York Council for the Humanities


 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. 

National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Foundation, and Project Pericles

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