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GLMA Achievement Awards Gala

Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Las Vegas, NV - Keep Memory Alive Event Center

VIP Reception: Approx. 6:00PM-7:00PM
Gala: Approx. 7:00PM-10:00PM

This year’s GLMA Achievement Awards Gala will be at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center within the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, NV. 

The immaculate Frank Gehry-designed structure has a 75-foot ceiling with 199 windows, each a different size and shape.  We are even more excited that hosting the Gala at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center helps support the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health which combines patient care, clinical trials, active family caregiver programs, and education programs, for people living with brain disorders and their families.

We are excited to announce that the GLMA Achievement Awards Gala Emcee and Entertainment will be none other than the fabulous Brian Keith, a female impersonator who has been performing professionally in Las Vegas since 1992. Brian Keith was the Emcee of Finocchios, a 63-year running drag mecca until it closed in 1999, and was the Guest Star Emcee for Divas on the strip for 8 years!

Tickets to the 2018 GLMA Achievement Awards Gala are available through Annual Conference registration, buy clicking the Register box below. 

Each year, GLMA honors exemplary individuals and/or organizations for their significant contributions to improving the health and well-being of LGBTQ individuals or people living with HIV/AIDS, improving the climate for the LGBTQ health workforce, or contributing to gains made by the LGBTQ civil rights movement. GLMA honors these individuals and organizations with the GLMA Achievement Award, which is presented at the GLMA Achievement Awards Gala.

2018 GLMA Achievement Award recipients will be announced in June.  They will join a distinguished list of past honorees, including former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Congressional Members Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, and John Lewis. To see a list of previous awards recipients, visit GLMA Awards.

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Join us as a sponsor for GLMA's Achievement Awards Gala! For more information on sponsorship opportunities including the purchase of dedicated tables, please contact Kevin Harrington, Membership & Development Associate (Phone: 202-600-8037 ext. 311 Email: kharrington@glma.org).

2018 GLMA Achievement Award Recipients:


Mary Anne Adams, MSW -  Mary Anne has made exemplary contributions through advocacy and research to advance health equity for LGBTQ communities through her capacity as founding Director of ZAMI NOBLA, a social worker, and a public health researcher. Her research on aging black lesbians and HIV/AIDS has done much to highlight the importance of understanding how intersectionality affects the research process and the health protocols that stem from that work.


Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH – Jesse has successfully founded and overseen the Program for LGBTQI Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and devised a transgender patient navigator program to provide emotional support for transgender patients. Through his leadership at the American Medical Association, where he currently serves as Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees, he has also worked to positively impact and shape policy around LGBTQ health equity.


Paula Neira, RN, Esq.  – Paula has actively advocated for LGBTQ military personnel's right to serve and has advanced federal policy to that end. In addition, she helped to create the Center for Transgender Health at Johns Hopkins Medicine and currently serves as the Clinical Program Director for the Center.


John (Rob) Phoenix, APRN, FNP-C – Rob is being honored for his commitment to providing exemplary and culturally competent care to the transgender community, as well as the rest of the LGBTQ community, of Southern Nevada. Moreover, he has contributed significantly to increasing accessibility of care for individuals living with HIV, as well as spearheading HIV prevention efforts in his local area.

Jillian C. Shipherd, PhD & Michael R. Kauth, PhD – Jillian and Michael issued the first national Veterans Affairs healthcare policy on transgender veterans, and the first national healthcare policy on veterans who identify as LGB. They also created a program within the VA which establishes at least one LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator at each facility to help provide a welcoming and supporting environment for LGBT veterans.


 Shana Zucker  – Shana is the recipient of the joint AMSA/GLMA LGBT Health Achievement Award, which was presented at the AMSA conference earlier this year. Shana is being honored for her work in developing an online LGBTQ curriculum which all first year medical students at Tulane are required to complete.


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