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Richard J Margolis Award

About Richard J. Margolis

Career Highlights

selected articles

Selected New Leader Columns

Reports & Monographs

Op-Ed Pieces & Book Reviews

 

Past Winners

2016
David Denver Robinson

 

2015
Daniel Hernandez

 

2014
Blaire Briody

 

2013
Patrick Arden

 

2012
Inara Verzemnieks

 

2011
Sabine Heinlein

 

2010
Doug Hunt

 

2009
Joe Wilkins

 

2008
Gabriel Thompson

 

2007
Stephanie Griest

 

2006
Marie myung-ok lee

 

2005
Kisha Lewellyn

 

2004
Nelson smith

 

2003
John Bowe

 

2002
Iyesatta Massaquoi

 

2001
Otis Haschemeyer

 

2000
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

 

1999
Susan Parker

 

1998
Laura Distelheim

 

1997
Julie Lasky

 

1996
E.J. Graff

 

1995
Josip Novakovich

 

1994
Maggie Dubris

 

1993
Judith Levine

 

1992
Richard Manning

 

Denver David Robinson

David Denver RobinsonDenver David Robinson is a writer whose work explores how homophobia and poverty affect LGBTQ people worldwide. Robinson’s work stood out for his courageous reporting ― in particular, his memorable profiles of brave LGBTQ activists in Uganda, a country where same-sex relations are criminalized and activists are targeted by authorities. When Robinson’s work for The Advocate in 2013 was plagiarized wholesale and reprinted in a Ugandan tabloid in 2014, placing his subjects at risk and libeling him, he moved to file suit in the East African country for copyright infringement. “I have learned from my Ugandan colleagues that to achieve any lasting change, we must be willing to step forward — often, alone,” Robinson wrote of this decision in a New York Times op-ed piece.

Currently, Robinson is working on an ambitious project focused on the experiences of LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers living in American, Canadian, and European cities. His principal objective in this work is to understand how being gay, transgender, or gender nonconforming (and, in many cases, a person of color) exacerbates the challenges faced by displaced individuals in the West. “I want to better convey the varied humanity of these individuals. Too often this is obscured by labels like refugee, asylum seeker, and victim,” he says.

Robinson’s feature stories, essays, poems, and photography have also appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, VICE, and elsewhere. His recognitions include GLAAD’s Outstanding Digital Journalism-Multimedia Award, The National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association’s Excellence in Photojournalism Award, and an Oregon Literary Fellowship for nonfiction.

"It is a great honor to receive the 2016 Richard J. Margolis Award, particularly now, when the rights of refugees, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals may be challenged in new and familiar ways," Robinson says.