AIDS Action Committee founder Larry Kessler to receive HistoryMaker award

Larry Kessler,AAC
Larry Kessler, founder of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

Larry Kessler, founder of the AIDS Action Committee, will receive the 2017 HistoryMaker Award at The History Project’s annual awards fête on Wednesday, October 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Boston’s Club Café.

At the event, the 2017 Lavender Rhino Award, annually presented to an emerging history-maker whose impact on the community deserves recognition, will be presented to Allison Wright, a staff attorney at GLAD since 2012. Wright has primarily dedicated her work to addressing issues impacting LGBTQ people of color.

Etiquetteer extraordinaire Robert B. Dimmick will serve as emcee and photography by Matt Kurkowski will be featured.

Visit the 2017 HistoryMaker Awards event website for tickets ($75–$500) or go to history project.org.

The HistoryMaker Award has been presented annually since 2009 to an individual or organization whose lifetime achievements have had a significant and positive effect on Boston and Massachusetts’ LGBTQ communities. Past recipients of the award are Congressman Barney Frank, Mary L. Bonauto, Grace Sterling Stowell, State Representative Byron Rushing, Abe Rybeck and Susan Ryan-Vollmar.

Established in 1980 by a group of historians, activists, and archivists, The History Project is the only organization focused exclusively on preserving the history of New England’s LGBTQ community and making that history accessible to researchers and the public. The group maintains one of the largest independent LGBTQ archives in the nation—nearly 1 million records and growing—which includes collections from organizations and individuals that are processed by our dedicated volunteers.