Kathleen DeBold, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Mautner Project for Lesbian Health, has been named as this year's recipient of An Uncommon Legacy Foundation's Woman of the Year Award. DeBold is being honored by An Uncommon Legacy for her work as a community activist and leader for more than 22 years, and for her commitment to leadership on issues related to lesbians and their health.
DeBold has served as the Mautner Project's executive director since 1999, including overseeing a recent name change at the organization from the Mautner Project for Lesbians With Cancer to its current name, to better reflect the agency's expanded advocacy on lesbian health issues. Before joining the Mautner Project, DeBold served as deputy director of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.
"I am honored to be receiving the Uncommon Woman of the Year Award," said DeBold. "Just as the Mautner Project improves the health of lesbians across the country, An Uncommon Legacy enhances our community's visibility and strength. I am thrilled to be included in a group of such accomplished and extraordinary women."
An Uncommon Legacy awards grants and academic scholarships to lesbian leaders, promotes philanthropy, and awards grants to projects meeting the social, health, and educational needs of lesbians. DeBold received her award in a ceremony on March 21 that also honored U.S. representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) with the Uncommon Man of the Year Award.