OGLPC's Tyson Award for 2007 -- Bob Lemon
) Mr. Bob Lemon
, a staunch Oklahoma
Democrat and devoted supporter of LGBT equality, was named the recipient of the 2007 Margaret Tyson Award given annually by the Oklahoma
Gay and Lesbian Caucus (OGLPC) (http://www.oglpc. com/
The award is given to an outstanding individual who has demonstrated long term commitment to the furtherance of LGBT equality under the law, and who is a role model for changing public opinion.
The award was a complete surprise for Mr. Lemon but he was not at a loss for words. "Gay people aren't broken and don't need fixing," he said in defiance of the notion that LGBT citizens are second-rate Americans in need of counseling.
Mr. Lemon also had the honor of reading to the crowd of enthusiastic listeners a Legislative Proclamation recognizing LGBT Pride events in Oklahoma City issued by Senator Andrew Rice and Representative Al McAffrey, both Democrats in their first term of office and firm believers in our LGBT equality.
Mr. Lemon is also a front-line supporter of Oklahoma
Stonewall Democrats,(www.okstonewall. org
) the LGBT voice of the Oklahoma
and National Democratic Parties, with chapters in all 50 states and Washington, DC
James Nimmo, treasurer/moderator
Bravery need not require threats to life and limb;
it requires the moral engagement of the mind.