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February 11, 2013

Mary L. Bonauto receives American Bar Association’s First Stonewall Award

The American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity recognized Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defender’s Civil Rights Project Director Mary L. Bonauto with the newly created Stonewall Award for her significant achievements in advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

“Mary embodies the fighting spirit of the Stonewall riots, always determined to stand up for justice,” said Lee Swislow, GLAD’s executive director. “We are so proud of Mary and grateful for her work and landmark accomplishments over the years.”

Bonauto was honored along with Matt Nosanchuk, associate general counsel for legal counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. and Mia F. Yamamoto, a criminal defense lawyer and human rights activist in Los Angeles. The commission presented the Stonewall Awards Feb. 9 during a reception at the 2013 ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas.

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