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Get to know the 3rd Annual Dorothy Awards honorees

Published Jan 1, 2006

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The New Haven Pride Center is proud to introduce the honorees for the 3rd annual Dorothy Awards.  This year's group of recipients continue the tradition of honoring people who made a difference in the community.

David Knapp

David Knapp has quite a life and career. He was a textbook salesman for 23 years, a sales manager for World Book Encyclopedias and 10 years as a professional Boy Scout District Executive.

At age 50 he discovered he was gay.  At age 60 he came out to his wife and divorced. She outed him to the Clinton Methodist Church, which forced him out, having served as lay leader, president and founder of the Men's Prayer Breakfast, and Jr.-Sr. Church schoolteacher.

He was also outed to his 86-year-old mother and three daughters, two of which have rejected him. He returned to Scouting as a volunteer District Commissioner working with adult Scout Leaders in 1987.

He served on the National Scout Jamboree Staff with 35,000 scouts from 1989 to 1993. In November of 1993 three officers of the Quinnipiac Council of the Boy Scouts told him at age 67 that he was being expelled from the Boy Scouts of America because one of his stepdaughters had secretly written them a letter telling them that he was homosexual.  Three weeks later the New Haven Register ran a front-page article about his expulsion for being gay.

In addition to his work with the Boy Scouts, David has been a state and outreach coordinator for the Stonewall Speakers from 1996 to the present. He is also the founder of the Shoreline PFLAG chapter in Madison, a founder and former board member of GLSEN's Connecticut chapter, and a member of most state and national GLBT organizations.

He is also responsible for the 1000 member First Congregational Church of Guilford becoming an Open and Affirming church, and fraternity at Wesleyan pledging gay students. He is also the Connecticut Chairman of Scouting for All to combat the BSA on their new policy in 1978 prohibiting gay youth and leaders.

He has been the main witness for the state Human Rights Commission against the BSA in the Connecticut state employees case re: United Way deductions going to the BSA. After 6 years in various courts the BSA took it to the Supreme Court, which let stand the last court decision AGAINST the BSA! WE WON!!

David also wrote and introduced a resolution condemning the BSA policy for the Connecticut Annual Conference of the United Church of Christ and the National Synod for the U.S.; both passed with overwhelming votes.

Among David's interests are his boyfriend, church, gay conferences, sailing, hiking, skiing, travel, plays and reading. He is an activist and crusader to make the world a better place, particularly for GLBT youth and all who are marginal.

His personal scout story is in two books, "Stories from the Other Side," a college creative writing workbook by local author and professor Frank Crowley, and "A Time to Live: Seven Tasks of Creative Aging," by author and United Church member Robert Raines.

Maureen Murphy

Maureen M. Murphy earned her B.A. from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana; M.S. Southern Connecticut State University - Special Education; J.D. Quinnipiac School of Law; and LLM New York University Law School. Ms. Murphy is a partner in the law firm of Murphy, Murphy and Nugent, LLC. She currently practices in the areas of civil litigation, civil rights and family law. Attorney Murphy has represented numerous LGBT plaintiffs in family and civil rights matters and is a frequent guest speaker on issues that impact same-sex couples.

Attorney Murphy is cooperating attorney with GLAD in Kerrigan vs. State of Connecticut, the Connecticut marriage equality case. She was the founder and co-chair of the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Law Association, former counsel to the Connecticut Coalition for LGBT Civil Rights and she is currently a member of the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund Law and Public Policy Committee, Vice President of Liberty Community Services, the former Vice President of and current Legal Adviser to Love Makes a Family. Maureen was the 2005 recipient of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Organization for Women Harriet Tubman award for Social Justice.

Maureen lives in Middletown with her fiance, Jamie L. Mills. She has two children of which she is immensely proud: Katie (age 26) and Brian (age 28).

Representative Mike Lawlor

Representative Mike Lawlor is serving his tenth term as a member of the House of Representatives. He represents the Town of East Haven. In the legislature, Mike has been recognized for his work reforming Connecticut's criminal justice system.

Mike was raised in East Haven, attending public schools and graduating from East Haven High School. Mike graduated as an Honors Scholar in Slavic and Eastern European Studies from the University of Connecticut in 1979. He earned a Masters Degree in Soviet Area Studies from the University of London in 1981 and he graduated from the George Washington University School of Law in 1983.

Following law school Mike was appointed as a prosecutor in the State Attorney's Office in New Haven, where he served until his election to the legislature in 1986. Mike is currently and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven and a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School.

Mike was a member of the Select Committee of Inquiry, which considered the possible impeachment of John G. Rowland. The former Governor resigned on June 30, 2004 following the Committee's hearings.

He has been the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee since 1995. Prior to that, he was Chair of the Labor and Public Employees Committee, where he played a major role in the reform of the Connecticut's workers compensation system.

He is a chair of the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project and an Associate with the State Sentencing and Corrections Program ad the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City and a member of the National Resource Committee for the Center of the Sex Offender Management within the U.S. Department of Justice. Mike is a member of the American Bar Assocaition's Coalition for Justice, a national effort to build trust and confidence in the justice system. Mike served on the national drafting team for the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision and the Interstate Compact for Juvenile Probation and Parole.

As Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Mike played a key role in two amendments to the Connecticut Constitution. The first established rights for victims of crime. The second eliminated the patronage-ridden county sheriff system. Mike has also been a leader in efforts to enact workable gun control laws; to address racial disparities in the state's criminal justice system; to pass laws ending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; to rewrite Connecticut's domestic violence laws; to reform the juvenile justice system and to address prison overcrowding.

During the 2005 session of the legislature, Mike was one of the leaders in enacting Connecticut's Civil Union law, providing full state legal recognition to same-sex couples who wish to be treated as married couples under the state's law. Connecticut was the first state to enact a civil union or same sex marriage law without a court order to do so.

Mike has been a featured speaker at numerous national criminal justice conferences and has been honored for his legislative service by the Connecticut Coalition of Police and Corrections Officers and by the Connecticut Police Chief's Association. The New Haven County Order of Centurions, an Italian-American Police organization, has recently honored Mike for his many years of support for those in law enforcement. The Greater Hartford NAACP recently presented Mike with the Drum Major for Justice Award for his efforts to address racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Anne Stanback

Anne Stanback is the President of Love Makes a Family, a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals working for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Connecticut. Prior to her involvement with Love Makes a Family, Anne was the Executive Director for the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund from 1995-2000. She has also served as the Executive Director for the Connecticut affiliate of the National Abortion Rights Action League and as the Assistant Director of INFOLINE of South Central Connecticut where she worked on child care and maternal and child health issues.

Anne has spent over 20 years working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights. She was the Chair of the New Haven Chapter of the Conecticut Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights from 1987-1990 before becoming the statewide Co-Director in 1991. She served as the statewide Co-Director of the coalition during the passage of the state's "gay rights law" in 1991, which prohibited discrimination in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation.

Anne has received numerous awards for her work on behalf of women and the LGBT community including the Harriet Tubman Award for Achievement in the Pursuit of Social Justice from the National Organization for Women (CT NOW), 2002; Community Activism Award from Region 9A of the UAW, 2005; Distinguished Leadership Award, American Friends Service Committee, 2005; Women Making a Difference Award from the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Hartford Chapter, 2005; Maria Miller Stewart Award from Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, 2005.

Anne is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina and Yale Divinity School. She lives in Avon with her partner of 22 years, Charlotte Kinlock.

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