Also at the dinner, Elizabeth Anderson and Charis Circle will receive the Leon Allen and Winston Johnson Community Leadership Award.
The announcements were made Thursday at the HRC Atlanta Pre-Dinner Reception held at Ink & Elm restaurant that Lost-N-Found would receive the Humanitarian Award.
Sam Champion, the renowned gay weatherman who made the move from New York to Atlanta recently, will be presented the Visibility Award at the dinner. Lesbian comic Dana Goldberg will a special guest of the event.
Since its founding, the nonprofit organization has opened a six-bedroom house and, more recently, a thrift store as well as a drop-in center for youth. Rick Westbrook, the executive director and a founder of Lost-N-Found Youth, works with a board of directors that includes Art Izzard, Paul Swicord, Laura Gentle and Jason Fasi.
Lost-N-Found is also in the midst of a $1 million fundraising campaign and renovating a house in Midtown that would have 15-20 beds for homeless LGBT youth and become the organization’s headquarters.
Elizabeth Anderson, a writer and executive director of Charis Circle, the nonprofit and educational arm of Charis Books & More, will accept the award at May’s dinner on behalf of the feminist bookstore for all its work it has done in providing educational workshops and author events, among other things. This year Charis Books celebrates its 40th anniversary and is one of the oldest feminist bookstores in the nation.
How is it living in Atlanta?
I’m lucky because Atlanta is right at it’s stride. It’s a vibrant city that’s growing quickly and is energized and has a great feel. I tell my friends I moved to the Upper West Side in the late ’80s and to me, Atlanta is like a New York neighborhood 15 years ago. It has a very vibrant feel. The people at the coffee shop know you and the dry cleaners and grocery store are right around the corner, so it’s all within reach and it feels very much like Columbus Avenue did 15 years ago. My view now of the cityscape is of glass buildings on one side and open park on the other – Piedmont Park. Instead of Midtown and Central Park, I look at glass buildings and Piedmont Park. There’s a lot of similarities. New York is truly unique and special but Atlanta is vibrant and exciting and I see some similarities.