Diving legend Greg Louganis, Mark Bonham, and Bonham Centre Director Brenda Cossman

Diving legend Greg Louganis, Mark Bonham, and Bonham Centre Director Brenda Cossman

The 2015 Bonham Centre (BCAG) Awards were recently presented to three Olympic gold-medal winning athletes at a gala event at the University of Toronto.  The gala event was co-hosted by the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the university.

Created in 2008, the annual BCAG Awards are presented to individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the education and advancement of human rights as they relate to sexual diversity.  Past award recipients have included Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, activist and media personality Dan Savage, renowned sex educator Sue Johanson (of ‘Talk Sex With Sue’), creator of the Degrassi television series Linda Schuyler, and many others.

Honourees this year were chosen from the LGBTQ sports community as a prelude to the 2015 Toronto Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games being held this summer in the city.  This year’s honourees were:

  • Greg Louganis of the United States, four-time Olympic champion diver and AIDS activist;
  • Marnie McBean of Canada, 3-time gold medal winning rower and Member of the Order of Canada;
  • Mark Tewksbury of Canada, gold medal winning swimmer, prominent gay rights advocate, and Chef de Mission of the Canadian Olympic Team for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto offers an undergraduate program, a collaborative graduate program (MA and Ph.D.), hosts academic and community events, and promotes research into sexuality.   You can read more about it at www.utoronto.ca/sexualdiversity .