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Randy Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage


The NLGJA Randy Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage is an award designed to honor journalists who consistently bring stories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to life in mainstream media outlets. The award honors individual journalists and news organizations who go the extra mile to ensure that all Americans are aware of the diversity within the LGBT community, as well as the unique struggles lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people face in the United States and around the world.

The award is named in memory of Randy Shilts, a member of the NLGJA Hall of Fame, who is widely credited with being the first reporter to cover the “gay beat” for a major metropolitan newspaper. His writing in the San Francisco Chronicle brought the stories of gays and lesbians – whether they were living with AIDS or serving in the military – to the attention of millions of Americans. Before his death in 1994, Shilts authored three best-selling books, including the groundbreaking And the Band Played On, cataloguing the rise of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.



Past award winners have included:


Dateline: DC

The Randy Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage will be presented at Dateline:DC, a national benefit for NLGJA each November in Washington, D.C.

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Frank Bruni

NLGJA is excited to announce that The New York Times columnist Frank Bruni was the recipient of the 2016 Randy Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage. “Randy Shilts paved the way for so many of us, covering gay issues when news organizations often resisted that,” said Bruni.... read more

Jeffrey Toobin

NLGJA – The association of LGBT Journalists – is proud to honor Jeffrey Toobin, a senior legal analyst for CNN and staff writer at The New Yorker, with the 2015 NLGJA Randy Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage on November 19, 2015 in Washington. Toobin is being recognized... read more

Diane Rehm

NLGJA will honor radio host Diane Rehm for her exemplary coverage of the LGBT community, and for bringing LGBT issues to a mainstream audience. In the past year, she’s covered marriage, both progress and regression on gay rights and the emergence of transgender... read more

Judy Woodruff

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association will be presenting the NLGJA Randy Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage to Judy Woodruff. Ms. Woodruff is Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. During her more than 30 year... read more

Michel Martin

The 2012 NLGJA Randy Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage will be presented to NPR’s Michel Martin. The host of “Tell Me More,” Martin has consistently lived up to her program’s title with her coverage of the LGBT community, going beyond the headlines to ask deeper... read more