The Academy Legends Awards 2022 honorees announced

28th November 2022, 2:55 pm




The Academy Legends Awards have finally announced this year’s honorees. Selected to celebrate their unique and enduring impact on the LGBT community, the Legends Archive inductee joins an elite group of iconic San Franciscans, boasting the likes of Sister Roma, Juanita MORE!, and Tim Seelig. Once selected they are asked to donate a unique personal item to go on permanent display at The Academy Social Club. This year’s event, to be held at The Swedish American Hall on 12th November from 6:30p–9p, will be the 4th annual award celebration.

The 2022 Legends Awards will be hosted by Sister Roma and will feature live music and local dignitaries such as Senator Scott Wiener and Commissioner Debra Walker presenting the awards. This year’s ceremony promises to be the most attended to date with some particularly beloved honorees.


The 2022 Academy Legends Archive Inductee: Graylin Thornton

Named International Mr. Drummer in 1993, he is still the only man of color to ever hold that title. As co-founder of Onyx Northwest, Graylin currently serves as President and Education Coordinator for the organization that represents men of color within the leather lifestyle. As an active member of The Leather Cultural District, a founding national board member of the Leather Leadership Conference, and Selection Committee Member for the Ringold Alley Leather History Walk, Graylin’s impact in the community is widely felt.


Published: 28th November 2022

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