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Robert Kesten Wins Bronze Stevie Award

By Charlotte Robinson, May 16, 2024

Stonewall National Museum announced that its Executive Director Robert Kesten won the Bronze ‘Thought Leader of the Year: Government or Non-profit’ at the prestigious Stevie Awards. Kesten’s commitment to fighting for justice & a stronger democracy made him stand out in this category. Adrienne Mazzone, President of TransMedia Group & human rights advocate stated, “Robert Kesten winning the BRONZE Stevie® Award for “Thought Leader of The Year” was no surprise because his passion for advocacy is remarkable. I’m excited to see his future work at Stonewall National Museum.” The Stonewall National Museum Archives & Library is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida & one of the Museum’s main causes is the fight for LGBTQ rights. Its archive is actually one of the largest LGBTQ libraries & archives in the world. Stonewall has continued to speak out against discriminatory policies for the LGBTQ such as the “Don't say Gay” bill in Florida & has raised funds for such causes coast to coast. Kesten’s human rights advocacy has taken many forms, working on the Ghanaian Constitution, coordinating & producing events leading to Ukrainian independence, producing events for the first AIDS day treatment center in the nation, pushing for the decriminalization of homosexuality in Ukraine (the first Soviet Republic to do so), challenging book banning, LGBTQ inclusion in schools & navigating anti-LGBTQ sentiments. Kesten also worked on the West Bank during the Intifada & was brought into Egypt & Tunisia during the Arab Spring to try and establish human rights cities. The Stevie Awards receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types & sizes and the people behind them the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. 

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