2022 Transgender Pioneer Award Recipients

2022 Transgender Pioneer Award Recipients

International Transgender Education Association and Transgender Week / Fantasia Fair are proud to announce the recipiences of the 2022 Transgender Pioneer Awards for 2022.

Established in 2022, the Pioneer Award is the transgender community’s longest established award. It is honors lifetime achievements of those who have changed the world so trans people could come together in safety and comfort. We meet in Provincetown, Massachusetts each year to honor their work and thank them for all they have done for us.

The Transgender Pioneer Award recipients for 2022 are Jude Patton (left) and Rupert Raj (right). Both have been staunch activists and clinicians and both have been active since the early 1970s. Both were instrumental in providing support and serving as positive role models for transmasculine individuals at a time when information and acceptance were scarce. Jude is located on the West Coast of the United States. Rupert was active in Ontario and British Columbia and now lives in Portugal

Jude was the first transgender person to be accepted as a member of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, the original name of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. He served on the board as consumer representative from 1979-1985. In 1982, He, Joanna Clark, Candice Brown, Joy Shaffer, and Diane Saunders formed the ACLU Transsexual Rights Committee in San Jose, California. Since the early 1970s, he has spoken widely about trans issues. He has edited two books about transgender aging. He will be present to accept his award at Transgender Week / Fantasia Fair. Jude is a physician’s assistant and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

In the mid-1970s, Jude launched an unsuccessful petition to require Ontario to cover trans medical care under the prince’s health insurance plan. In 1979, he founded the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Transsexuals. He edited its newsletter, Gender Review, until 1982. In 1988, he launched the organization Gender Worker and published its newsletter; the organization’s purpose was to assist helping professionals in their work with transgender people. In 199, he started the Trans-Men/FTM Peer-Support group in Ontario. He has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and has been a Canadian Certified Counselor since 1985.

Jude will be present in Provincetown in October to receive his award at Transgender Week / Fantasia Fair. Rupert, who is unable to travel, will accept his award via teleconference.

For more information on the Transgender Pioneer Award and a list of past recipients, visit https://fanfair.info/pioneer-award/.

Rev Hawke Stone Thank You

Dear Fantasia Fair,

Like the comet that swings close to the sun daring itself to cruise close, but not too close, and come out the other side to a journey back to the stars, so, too, have I just come through another very dangerously trying health crisis. I have been very ill since the end of October—right around the time of FanFair. Not COVID or someone else would be writing to you, but a new and challenging complication of my disability. I’ve been able to work (barely) and to do day-to-day things, but little else. I have a wonderful rotating group of people who take care of me when things get this tough, and I feel very blessed.

However, being so ill leaves a wreckage of unfinished and undone tasks in its wake, I am sad to say. I’ve also been shepherding a dear long-standing friend through her end days, she passed on Thursday night. Now I am grieving, though her passing was expected. Never easy.

All that aside, I want to thank each of you for your hard work and contributions toward making my award reception a lovely and meaningful time. Thank you! I am so grateful that you all chose to recognize me and more importantly the work I have done through decades passed to lift up the lives and spirits of transgender people. It is humbling and incredibly rewarding work to witness folks becoming themselves and blossoming in all the ways they do—and to do the hard political work of making a civil rights foundation for those coming behind us. Thank you for honoring that. Though my work now takes me into the office to make change one person at a time, the work Pioneer Award recognized was hard wrought and has been over the years its own reward.

Thank you so much, and please forgive my tardiness, but life, once again, intervened in my well-intentioned plans, and things had to be put aside while I received medical care.

May you all have—maybe some of you already had—beautiful year’s end Holidays! Celebrating all the ways people of all faiths and practices celebrate the returning of the Light is one of my favorite celebration seasons of the year.

May your New Year be filled with Peace, Love, Prosperity, and above all Blessings!

Rev. Hawk Stone
Swami Paramananda