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Legends Archive

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The Legends Archive Award

The Academy Legends Archive honors someone each year who has become a legend, someone who has drawn the attention of the lights and all those around them. They are asked to contribute a personal artifact that represents the impact they have had on our community to be enshrined in the permanent collection of The Academy Legends Archive.

2020 Academy Legends Archive Inductee - Juanita MORE!
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Juanita MORE! For almost three decades, the tireless hostess has blitzed San Francisco with high glamour, drag irreverence, danceable beats, culinary delectables, political activism and her philanthropic heart. Juanita remains a creation of fashion and glamour, generosity and nerve, inspiring those around her to make a positive difference in their lives and in their communities.

2019 Academy Legends Archive - Sister Roma
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For over 30 years, Sister Roma has been one of the most outspoken and highly visible members of the infamous Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Roma is recognized around the globe as an activist, fundraiser, public speaker, Master of Ceremonies, and glamorous clown. She has been on the front lines in the war against HIV and AIDS as an educator, activist and fundraiser helping to raise over $1 million for the LGBTQ global community. 

The Annual Academy Legends Awards

Presented live on December 4, 2020

Hosted by Donna Sachet & Liam Mayclem

The Architect Award

The Architect Award honors someone who has improved the community by creating a new institution or by vastly improving a community institution that already exists; in recognition of the fact that community doesn't create itself, it relies upon individuals or groups of individuals to build it. It relies upon people who are brave enough to imagine something new, and tenacious enough to see it through to completion.

2020 Academy Legends
Architect Award Honoree - Manny Yeuketiel
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Manny Yekutiel is a political activist who worked in both the Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigns, and served as Chief of Staff for FWD.us, an immigrant reform advocacy group. He is, however, being honored as the founder of Manny’s, a civic events space, coffee shop and political bookstore.

The Exemplar Award

The Exemplar Award honors those who set a good example for others in the community and embody values that we can all be inspired by. Especially as America has grappled with dark spots in our past and that continue to this day, it is important to call out the people who stand out simply because of who they are, not just because of what they can do or what they have done, but because they inspire others to do better, and be better versions of themselves.

2020 Academy Legends
Exemplar Award Honoree - Honey Mahogany
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Honey Mahogany is the first black trans person elected in California, co-founder of the Transgender Cultural District, and currently works as a legislative aide in San Francisco. She is a powerful advocate and an even more powerful role model.

The Solidarity Award

The Solidarity Award was created this year to honor someone able to see beyond themselves and embrace the common humanity of others who might be part of a different group, who sees the ties that bind us together, strengthens those ties and reminds us of our common purpose.

2020 Academy Legends
Solidarity Award Honorees -
Suzie Jennings & Shannon Amitin
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Suzie Jennings’ and Shannon Amitin’s work in creating and facilitating the Castro Art Project allowed for the artists, businesses and members from our diverse community to work together in bringing murals and art to the Castro during the pandemic.