Etheridge honored
by Mautner Project

Rocker Melissa
Etheridge will be honored by the Mautner Project, a
national lesbian health organization, with its 2005 Mary
Helen Mautner Award at the organization’s
annual gala fund-raiser on Saturday, September
17, in Washington, D.C. Etheridge is being honored for
her public expression of courage during her recent
fight against breast cancer.

“I’m truly honored to accept this award from
the Mautner Project," Etheridge said in a press
statement. “I am truly delighted to be a part
of Mary Helen Mautner’s legacy of putting lesbians
and health care on the right track.”

The National
Center for Lesbian Rights will receive Mautner’s
Organizational Excellence Award, which will be presented to
center executive director Kate Kendell. Awards also
will be presented to Sheila Alexander-Reid, founder of
the D.C.–based Women in the Life, an
organization for lesbians of color; and to two Mautner

The gala event
also will mark the 15th anniversary of Matuner, originally
launched as the Mautner Project for Lesbians With Cancer.

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