The Truth Awards represents an unprecedented opportunity to highlight the contributions of the Black LGBTQ community and our allies. The award embodies our belief that members of the Black LGBTQ community who embrace and live their truths should be recognized and honored. Along with our allies, they represent the very best in our community and serve as examples to us all.
“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”
On March 28, 2015 the inaugural Truth Awards were presented to the following honorees:
- Jewel Thais-Williams, Owner - Famed Catch-One Disco "Lifetime Achievement Award"
- Stanley Bennet Clay Actor, Producer, Author and Journalist "Lifetime Achievement Award"
- Dr. Wilbert C. Jordan MD, Founder - Oasis Clinic "Advocate Award"
- Vallerie Wagner, Chief Operating Officer - AIDS Project Los Angeles "Advocate Award"
- B. Slade Grammy-nominated producer, writer and singer "Courage Award"
- Darren “Buttah Man” Brin, Music Director - BET’s 106th & Park and Yo MTV Jams "Courage Award"
- Benjamin Cory Jones, Writer - Amazon’s “Hand of God” and HBO series creator "Passing the Torch Award"
- Wendell James, Philanthropist - OWN’s “Raising Whitley” Cast Member "Philanthropy Award"
- Quincy & Deondray Gossfield Creators of “DL Chronicles” "Culture and Arts Award"
- Dr. Tenika Jackson, License Clinical Psychologist "Mentor Award"
- Steph Thomas and Glen Lawrence, Community Advocates "Mentor Award"
- BISHOP DR. YVETTE A. FLUNDER, founder and senior pastor of City of Refuge United Church of Christ – Lifetime Achievement Award
- AARON WALTON, co-founder of Walton Isaacson (WI) – Lifetime Achievement Award
- JUDGE DARRIN P. GAYLES, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida – History Maker Award
- GERARD MCCALLUM II, Senior Project Manager at the San Francisco-based development firm Wilson Meany – Business Leadership Award
- REV. JENENNE MACKLIN, Motivational Speaker – Mentor Award
- GREGORY BUNN and DEMETRIUS MCCOY, humanitarians and founders of the non-profit family support group, Angels Plight – Mentor Award
- DARRYN HARRIS, Director of External Affairs to Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37) – Passing the Torch Award