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Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies announces 2013 award recipients Stephen Lewis, Dan Savage, and Bent On Change

April 24, 2013

TORONTO, ON – The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at University College, University of Toronto, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2013 Bonham Centre Awards, in recognition of distinguished contribution to the public understanding of sexual diversity in Canada:

  • Stephen Lewis, former Canadian politician, diplomat, broadcaster, educator, and humanitarian noted for his work in fighting HIV/Aids in African countries;
  • Dan Savage, acclaimed author, media pundit, and founder of the It Gets Better campaign to help prevent suicide among youth; and
  • Bent on Change, a Gay-Straight Alliance at the Harbord Collegiate Institute in Toronto, an innovative student activism group.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner this evening starting at 6:00 p.m. at One King West, Toronto. Presiding over the festivities as master of ceremonies is Tré Armstrong, choreographer, dancer, and judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. The awards will also feature a musical performance by Juno award-winning jazz artist Molly Johnson. The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, will be in attendance.

The Bonham Centre Awards were established in 2007 to recognize an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the advancement and education of human rights issues surrounding sexual education.

“Dan Savage, Stephen Lewis and Bent on Change capture the very essence of the Bonham Centre Award educating locally and globally on issues of sexual diversity” says Brenda Cossman, director of the Bonham Centre and a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

Past recipients include Oscar-winning screenwriter and LGBT rights activist Dustin Lance Black, Degrassi television series co-creator and executive producer Linda Schuyler, filmmaker John Greyson, lawyer Barbara Findlay, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and renowned sexual educator and counsellor Sue Johanson.

The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at University College, University of Toronto offers an undergraduate program and a collaborative graduate program (MA and PhD), hosts academic and community events, and promotes research into sexuality. Created in 1998, the Bonham Centre and academic programs are the foremost of their kind in the world, working to forge connections among faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and community members interested in questions about how we understand sexual diversity and sexual practises in society.

The gala is presented by TD Bank Financial Group, with additional sponsorship from IBM Canada.


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