Allan Spear Award
Minnesota State Senator Allan Spear was one of the first openly gay Americans serving in elected office. He was in the Minnesota Senate from 1973 until 2001 and served as the body’s 7th President from 1993 until his retirement in 2001. Spear was instrumental in passing the 1993 Minnesota Human Rights Act, which guaranteed protection from discrimination in education, employment, and housing to GLBT Minnesotans.
In 2001, Stonewall DFL created the Allan Spear Award to honor elected officials, DFL party leaders and activists who gave generously of their time in the fight for LGBTQ equality across Minnesota.
2018 Scott Graham, Carol Becker, Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham
2015 Marge Hoffa and Shivanthi Sathanandan
2014 David DeGrio
2013 Nicque Mabrey and Ken Martin
2012 Betty Tisel
2011 Jefferson Fietek
2010 Andy Hauer
2009 Laurie Crelly and Megan Thomas
2006 Rick Stafford
2005 Allan Hooker and Jill Schwimmer
2002 Tim Bonham
2001 Allan Spear