The Inaugural Williams Institute Impact Awards

The inaugural awards honor leaders who have made an impact on both LGBTQ research and the Williams Institute. This year’s honorees M.V. Lee Badgett, Aaron Belkin, Gary Gates, and Urvashi Vaid discuss their groundbreaking work and what’s in store for LGBTQ research in the future.

60 min
March 23, 2021

M.V. Lee Badgett
M.V. Lee Badgett

Professor of Economics
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Founder of the Institute of Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies (1994-2006)

Aaron Belkin
Aaron Belkin

Professor of Political Science
San Francisco State University

Founder and Director of the Palm Center (1999-present)

Gary Gates
Gary Gates

Former Distinguished Scholar and Research Director
The Williams Institute

Author of the Gay and Lesbian Atlas (2004)

Urvashi Vaid
Urvashi Vaid

The Vaid Group

Former Director of the NGLTF Policy Institute (1998-2001)

Laura Durso

Former Public Policy Fellow
The Williams Institute

Chinyere Ezie

Senior Staff Attorney
The Center for Constitutional Rights

Maya Rupert

Former Campaign Manager
Julián Castro Presidential Campaign 2020

Bianca D.M. Wilson

Senior Scholar of Public Policy
The Williams Institute

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