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Equality Awards Heart of 16th Annual Pancake Breakfast

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 9, 2008

Mark Rubinstein, Cari Moorhead, 2008 Student Winner of the Kidder Fund Award Jennelle DeVits, and Judy Spiller.

Students and staff were recently honored for their efforts to foster equality and greater understanding of sexual orientation at UNH during the 16th annual pancake breakfast where the Kidder and Pink Triangle award winners were announced.

On Tuesday, April 1, Judy Spiller and Cari Moorhead, co-chairs of the GLBT Commission, addressed more than 200 attendees, honoring those who are building a safer and more inclusive community for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Rep. Bette Lasky, NH House Judiciary Committee, delivered the keynote address titled “On the Road to Civil Union.”

Vice President for Student and Academic Services Mark Rubinstein presented the 2008 Kidder Awards to faculty member Delia Konzett; graduate student Mick Walsh; undergraduate students to Jenelle DeVits and Susan A. Metz and staff member Shannon Marthouse.

Pink Triangle Awardees Jay Tifone (L) and Elizabeth Russell (R). At center is Shannon Marthouse, the 2008 recipient of the Kidder Staff Award.

The Kidder Fund Awards are named for alumnus William “Bill” Kidder, former dean of students, who died from complications of AIDS. The fund was established to continue his work and to encourage further understanding of, and advancing opportunities for, individuals whose sexual orientation differs from the majority of our culture. The first awards were given in 1994.

This year’s recipients of the Pink Triangle Award include hall directors Jay Tifone and Elizabeth Russell and undergraduate students Benjamin Justice and John Reilly-Mallon. Additionally, for their support of the Civil Union Law (HB 437), the GLBT Commission honored Bette R. Lasky, chairman of the NH House Judiciary Committee, Rep. James R. Splaine, sponsor of the bill; Rep. Dana Hilliard, co-sponsor; and the State of New Hampshire House of Representatives, for the passage of the bill into law.

Pink Triangle awards honor individuals and leaders who have made outstanding contributions to efforts for equity and visibility for the GLBT community. Faculty, staff, students and community members are eligible for the awards.

Seattle film producer and director Drew Emery introduced “In-laws & Outlaws,” a film that weaves together the stories of straight and gay relationships with honesty and humor. Emery describes his film as one that gives viewers time to laugh, cry and have hope about equal marriage and equal rights.

With money raised through UNH community donations, Moorhead presented a $1,800 check to Seacoast Outright for providing support during the last 15 years to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, and questioning youth 21 years old and younger in the greater New Hampshire, southern Maine, and northern Massachusetts Seacoast region.


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