Jovon called to inform me that I was being honored with the 2020 Don Hrachovy Lifetime Achievement Award!
Who is Don Hrachovy? He was the second president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus and Texas A&M Aggie alum who not only was a ten year member of the organization, but spent thousands of hours putting together that formidable 100,000 name database that has made the Houston GLBT Caucus one of the Big Four must get endorsements in Houston area liberal progressive politics.
Before he died at age 37 from complications from AIDS on June 4, 1988, Hrachovy requested that the AIDS Quilt panel being designed for him be made to look like a voter registration card. He served as the Caucus chair of membership and voter registration.
I received the John Paul Barnich Award from them at that year's Equality Brunch in recognition for the work I'd done to that point.
But this one is huge. The Hrachovy Life Achievement Award was last given out in 1995, and the list of people who have previously won it reads as a Who's Who list of iconic Houston TBLGQ leaders.
For some reason they stopped giving out the Hrachovy after 1995 at the Equality Brunch until Tyler and the Awards Committee revived it for this year.
As you probably guessed, when I do receive it, I'll be making history once again. I will become the first Black and first Houston trans person of any ethnicity to win it . The Caucus wasn't open to trans folks when it was founded, and it sadly took until 1999 to change that.policy.
A meeting my neophyte activist self was sitting in the room for when the Caucus board voted to change it.
While I'm always focused on my goal of doing what I can to make, Houston, Texas, and the nation better than when I encountered it and haven't been concerned about getting awards for the work I do, it is nice and deeply appreciated when that work is recognized by your community.
I'll have to wait until the Equality Brunch happens on October 4 to receive it, but already clearing some space on my increasingly crowded awards shelf for it.