LGBTQ Legacy Leader Awards 2021

Over the years, LGBTQ Iowans have had a strong and welcome influence on our state. Representing a wide range of vocations and avocations, they have led with creativity, vigor and compassion, solving problems and helping build a state that we all can be proud to call home.

In tribute to such inspiring contributions, dsm magazine, One Iowa and American Equity celebrated the second annual LGBTQ Legacy Leader Awards on October 15, 2021. We also recognized an ally of the LGBTQ community, someone whose contributions to equality and justice have helped ensure that gender and sexual orientation must not be stigmatized or marginalized in the culture of Iowa.

Nominations are open for the 2022 dsm LGBTQ Legacy Leader Awards, to be held October 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the River Center. To submit a nomination, click here.

2021 Honorees

Tim Hickman, Des Moines, principal at Substance Architecture.
Eugenia Kutsch-Stanton, Des Moines, research scientist at Corteva Agriscience.
Randy Mayer, Ames, chief of the Bureau of HIV, STD and Hepatitis at the Iowa Department of Public Health.
John Schmacker, Des Moines, retired certified public accountant and nonprofit executive.
Elle Wyant, Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, account executive at United Parcel Service.
Dr. Kyle Christiason (ally), Cedar Falls, physician at UnityPoint Health.

Meet the Honorees
Full Event Replay
Randy Mayer
John Schmacker
Elle Wyant
Dr. Kyle Christiason (ally)
Tim Hickman
Eugenia Kutsch-Stanton

Left to right: Tim Hickman, Eugenia Kutsch-Stanton, Randy Mayer, John Schmacker, Elle Wyant, Dr. Kyle Christiason (ally)