The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History awards five prizes for outstanding work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history; prize descriptions are below. Calls for prizes are announced in the early summer of each year; submissions are due to prize committee members in the fall. The prizes are awarded each year in early January at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. The Boswell and Nestle Prizes are awarded in January of odd-numbered years for work published or written in the prior two years. The Bérubé, Lorde, and Sprague Prizes are awarded in January of even-numbered years for work produced, published, or written in the prior two years. Each prize comes with an award of $200. The CLGBTH funds the prizes, with the exception of the Bérubé Prize, which is underwritten by the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.
The John Boswell Prize for an outstanding book on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history published in English. (Odd-numbered years, covering previous two years.)
The Joan Nestle Prize for an outstanding paper on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history completed in English by an undergraduate student. (Odd-numbered years, covering previous two years.) The undergraduate paper prize is funded through a special fund established by CLGBTH’s lifetime members.
The Gregory Sprague Prize for an outstanding published or unpublished paper, article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history completed in English by a graduate student. (Even-numbered years, covering previous two years.)
The Audre Lorde Prize for an outstanding article on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history published in English. (Even-numbered years, covering previous two years.)
The Allan Bérubé Prize for outstanding work in public or community-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history. (Even-numbered years, covering previous two years.) The Bérubé Prize is underwritten by the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, CA.
The Don Romesburg Prize for outstanding K-12 curriculum in LGBT history. (Odd-numbered years, covering the previous two years.)
Click here for information on current calls for submissions for these prizes.
Congratulations to all our recent prize winners!
The following prizes were awarded at the American Historical Association held this January, 2018 in Washington, DC. All three awards are awarded in even-numbered years, covering the previous two years. Our thanks to the members of the prize committees: on the Allan Bérubé Committee, Jennifer Tyburczy (chair), Joshua Buford, and Katherine Ott, and on the Audre Lorde/Gregory Sprague Committee, Emily Skidmore (chair), Abraham J. Lewis, and Linda Velasco.
Allan Bérubé Prize
For outstanding work in public or community-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history. The prize is underwritten by the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.
Prize Committee statement:
Through deeply thoughtful and ethical planning, The New York City Trans Oral History Project worked closely with communities to create a sustainable oral history project. As an innovative model of community engagement, the project’s materials, organization, and methods are beautifully exportable to other groups working to document under-represented histories. The project’s commitment to capturing at risk stories, its work to center marginalized voices, and its desire to see the work replicated through transparency make it the stand out winner for the Berube Prize this year.
Honorable Mention: Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project
Audre Lorde Prize
For an outstanding article on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history published in English.
Winner: Julio Capo Jr., “Sexual Connections: Queers and Competing Tourist Markets in Miami and the Caribbean, 1920-1940,” Radical History Review, 129 (2017): 9-33.
Prize Committee statement:
Julio Capo Jr’s “Sexual Connections” is a beautifully written and impressively researched piece that discusses the interconnections between Miami, the Caribbean, queer cultures, and tourism in the Prohibition Era. Herein, Capo brings together race and migration to a local history of sexuality with remarkable dexterity. “Sexual Connections” pushes the field of queer history forward with its transnational lens, while simultaneously illustrating novel methodological practices, combining the tools of social, cultural and legal history to produce a narrative that is rich and compelling. A superb piece of scholarship.
Honorable Mention: Alix Genter, “Appearances Can Be Deceiving: Butch-Femme Fashion and Queer Legibility in New York City, 1945-1969,” Feminist Studies 42, no. 3 (2016): 604-631.
Gregory Sprague Prize
For an outstanding published or unpublished paper, article, book chapter, or dissertation chapter on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer history completed in English by a graduate student.
Winner: Patrick McKelvey, “Ron Whyte’s ‘Disemployment’: Prosthetic Performance and Theatrical Labor,” Theatre Survey 57, no. 3 (2016): 314-335.
Prize Committee statement:
Patrick McKelvey’s “Ron Whyte’s ‘Disemployment’” is a wonderful crossing of queer studies, disability studies, cultural studies, and a historical case study. The article discusses Ron Whyte, a queer disabled playwright, who mobilized his cosmetic prosthesis to stage disemployment in the 1980s. McKelvey’s article is nuanced in its analysis, and forward-thinking in how the author deploys new materialisms to bear upon queer history. A terrific piece of scholarship that has insights for a wide variety of audiences, from theatre studies to disability studies.
Honorable Mention: Rachel Corbman, “Remediating Disability Activism in the Lesbian Feminist Archive,” Continuum (forthcoming).
2019: Boswell/Nestle Committee: Rachel Hope Cleves*, J.T. Roane, Caroline Radesky; Romesburg Committee: Don Romesburg*, David Duffield, Wendy Rouse
2018: Lorde/Sprague Committee: Emily Skidmore (chair), Abraham J. Lewis, Linda Velasco. Bérubé Committee: Jennifer Tyburczy (chair), Joshua Buford, Katherine Ott
2017: Phil Tiemeyer*, Carson Morris, Afsaneh Najmabadi
2016: Lorde/Sprague Committee: James Green*, Chelsea del Rio, Stephen Vider; Bérubé Committee: Amy Sueyoshi*, Mark Bowman, Victor Salvo.
2015: Estelle Freedman*, T.J. Tallie, Mir Yarfitz
2014: Lorde/Sprague Committee: Kevin Mumford*, Emily K. Hobson, Anita Kurimay; Bérubé Committee: Jill Austin*, JD Doyle, Maria-Anna Tesliou
2013: Margot Canaday*, Cookie Woolner, Ben Cowan
2012: Sprague and Lorde: Thomas A. Foster*, Julio Cesar Capo, Claire Potter; Bérubé Committee: Kevin P. Murphy*, Marcia Gallo, Lauren Jae Gutterman, Joey Plaster
2011: Ellen Herman*, Chris Waters, Stephanie Gilmore
2010: Marc Stein*, Nicholas Syrett, Ellen Zitani
2009: John D’Emilio*, Amy Sueyoshi, Red Vaughan Tremmel
2008: Moshe Sluhovsky*, Christolyn Williams, Phil Tiemeyer
2007: Ramon Gutierrez*, Jennifer Evans, Daniel Rivers
2006: Vicki Eaklor*, Nan Alamilla Boyd, Don Romesburg
2005: John Howard*, Margaret McFadden, Pablo Ben
2004: Margaret Hunt*, Anne Rubenstein, Tim Retzloff
2003: John D’Emilio*, Lori Ginzberg, Robert Frame
2002: Chuck Middleton*, Margot Canaday, David Serlin
2001: Michael Sibalis*, Leisa Meyer, Christopher Capozzola
2000: Ellen Herman*, James Green, Victoria Thompson
1999: Allida Black, Bill Drummond, Terence Kissack
1998: John Fout, John Howard, Nancy Unger
1997: Linda Heidenreich, Leila Rupp, Michael Sherry
1996: Barry Adam, Leisa Meyer, Randolph Trumbach
1995: Vicki Eaklor, James Steakley, Marc Stein
1994: Steven Maynard, Eugene Rice, Leila Rupp