Grace Sterling Stowell (she/her)
Grace has been an activist and leader in the social justice and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities for over 35 years.
In 1980, Grace joined the founders of the newly formed Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth (BAGLY), one of the earliest GLBTQ youth groups in the nation. As BAGLY’s first executive director, Grace led youth and adult leaders in the expansion of BAGLY from a Boston-based, all volunteer, grassroots social support group, to an established non-profit youth leadership, health promotion, and advocacy organization, including the GLBT Youth Group Network of Massachusetts. Having celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2010, BAGLY is a nationally recognized model of GLBTQ youth leadership and community development, with over 30,000 youth having directly accessed its programs since its inception.
Since the early 1990’s, Grace has been an active leader in the pioneering local and national movement to expand community organizing, political advocacy, and resources for GLBTQ youth programs and services. Grace was a founding member of the Healthy Boston Coalition for GLBT Youth, the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and the National Youth Advocacy Coalition in Washington, D.C., and she currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth, and as a steering committee member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC).
In June 2009 on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Grace was one of 40 transgender individuals honored by The International Court Council and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s “Stonewall Trans Heroes 40”. Grace was also the recipient of the 2010 Susan J. Hyde Activism Award for Longevity in the Movement, in recognition of more than 35 years of leadership in the social justice and GLBT communities.