June 12, 2015 at 7:47 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Whitman-Walker honors Tenner, Wanzer
Adam Tenner, gay news, Washington Blade

Adam Tenner of Metro Teen AIDS was among the honorees. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services Department is honoring LGBT youth advocate Adam Tenner, longtime Whitman-Walker volunteer and transgender advocate SaVanna Wanzer, and the D.C. Public Schools for their commitment and support for LGBT health.

Tenner, founder and current head of Metro Teen AIDS, which recently merged with Whitman-Walker; Wanzer and a representative of D.C. Public Schools received special awards from Whitman-Walker’s Legal Services Department at a reception and benefit Wednesday night at the Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street, N.W.

Whitman-Walker spokesperson Shawn Jain said in a statement that Tenner and D.C. Public Schools received the Joel A. Toubin Memorial Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations “making extraordinary contributions to the fight against HIV and the fight for LGBT health.”

He said Wanzer, who is also known for her LGBT photography work, was slated to be the first-time recipient of the Robert Fenner Urquhart Award, which is named after a longtime volunteer and employee with Whitman-Walker who died this year.

Wanzer has been a Whitman-Walker volunteer for more than 20 years. Among other things, she has worked for many years at the Whitman-Walker food bank and has managed its annual Thanksgiving dinner. In 2006 she became the founder of D.C.’s annual Trans Pride celebration. She has also served for nine years on the Whitman-Walker board and now serves as a volunteer with the Legal Services Program’s Name and Gender Change Clinic.

Jain said the Toubin Award is being presented jointly to Tenner and the D.C. Public Schools in recognition of their “collaborative work to ensure that the school system has the appropriate systems in place to allow LGBTQ youth to learn and thrive without fear for their safety, with dignity, a sense of community, and respect.”

Among other things, Whitman-Walker has praised the school system for its adoption this year of a school policy guidance that provides the best practices for addressing issues involving transgender and gender nonconforming students.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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