Honorees

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George Appleby & Paul Kuehn

George Appleby and Paul Kuehn, residents of Hamden, have served as leaders in the gay community for many years and are founding members of the New Haven Pride Center.

George is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the School of Health and Human Services at Southern Connecticut State University and Visiting Professor at Smith College School for Social Work.  During the past four decades he has been an active leader in the National Committee on LGBT Issues and was honored as the Social Worker of the year in 1989.  In the early 1980’s George was one of the founders of AIDS Project New Haven and since then he served on the Governor’s AIDS Council (CT), chair of the Mayor’s AIDS Task Force (New Haven), and chair of the Ryan White AIDS Planning Council.  At Southern George taught graduate courses on Sexual Minorities: the Experience of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered People, and AIDS: A Psychosocial Response.  He has written widely on homophobia and heterosexism, as well as other gay and lesbian issues including (2001) Working Class Gay and Bisexual Men (New York:  Harrington Park Press) and with Jeane Anastas (1998) Not Just a Passing Phase:  Social Work with Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People and on diversity, with Edgar Colon and Julia Hamilton (2001) Diversity, Oppression and Social Functioning (Boston:  Allyn & Bacon).

Paul is Manager, Contract Services at Eversource Energy and in the 1990’s he along with Sharron Emmons were the driving force behind obtaining domestic partner benefits for all employees there.  Paul is a founding board member of the New Haven Pride Center and for more than a decade served on the board of directors in various roles including Co-President, Treasurer, Fund Raising Chair, Membership Chair and Web Page Administrator.  Paul is a charter member of the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus and a former board member.  Paul also volunteers for United Way, Special Olympics and currently serves as a deacon at First Church Guilford.  In their free time George and Paul love to travel.