2022 Stanford Pride Awards

2022 Stanford Pride Awards

Each year, Stanford Pride honors members of the Stanford community for their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community. We recognized three outstanding recipients for the Stanford Pride Award of Merit. Read about our 2022 Awardees below. Award recipients will be recognized at the Stanford Pride Reunion Gala!

Ann-Marie Yap

Leader, Stanford Medicine Pride Employee Resource Group

Stanford Affiliation: Staff, Stanford Health Care (SHC)

Nominated by: Timothy Morrison and Chris Wintrode, Stanford Health Care

Ann-Marie has been a tireless advocate to connect the LGBTQ+ community of Stanford Medicine. Before the formation of the Stanford Medicine Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), she coordinated efforts to have a Pride celebration, recognitions by the different employers of Stanford Medicine, and set up employee support mechanisms to work with Human Resources on transgender support. She has represented SHC on the Dean’s task force, a subcommittee of the Diversity Cabinet. She now is one of the leaders of the ERG for Stanford Health Care and continues to help make progress across Stanford Medicine to have Pride infused in what we do daily. She brings the voice of the Pride ERG to our marketing and communications teams to work on improved messaging for LGBTQ health concerns and health offerings. Aside from her leadership roles, she is also a supportive leader, coach, and mentor, offering individuals within Stanford Medicine guidance and counsel. She never says no, always how, and is always willing to partner to do the right thing.

Steven Watson ’70

LGBTQ+ Historian, Author

Stanford Affiliation: AB English ‘70

Nominated by: Robert Croonquist ‘70

Steven Watson has been an important historian of 20th century American cultural history. He has lectured worldwide and chronicled the contributions of the LGBTQ community to American cultural history. From our contribuitions to the early American avant-garde, the Harlem Renaissance and the Beat Generation to Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thompson and Minette, Marsha P. Johnson, and Stonewall. While at Stanford he participated in anti-Vietnam War protests, including a guerrilla theater piece called Alice in ROTC-Land, co-starring with Sigourney Weaver. Watson also began writing articles for the Village Voice, New York Newsday, Soho Weekly News, and Gaysweek. His work on gay culture included the first major article about Marsha P. Johnson, an early extended interview with Sylvia Rivera, and a book about the transgender figure, Minette. At the same time, he began writing books about key circles of the twentieth century. He currently lives in New York City. Steven founded and operates ChildsPlay International (CPI) which has conducted programs in Ghana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Haiti, Peru, Sri Lanka and Kenya. CPI works to promote greater opportunities for play where it has been curtailed because of war, famine, pandemic or natural disaster. They work with local teams, fostering sustainable initiatives for play that reflect and conserve their culture.


  • Minette: Recollections of a Part-time Lady (with Ray Dobbins) (1979)
  • Artifacts at the End of a Decade (1981)
  • Stonewall Romances (with Ray Dobbins) (1979)
  • Strange Bedfellows: The First American Avant-Garde (1991)
  • The Harlem Renaissance: Hub of African American Culture 1920-1930 (1995)
  • The Birth of the Beat Generation: Visionaries Rebels and Hipsters 1944-1960 (1995)
  • Prepare for Saints: Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thomson, and the Mainstreaming of American Modernism (2000)
  • An Eye of the Twentieth Century: Selected Letters of Henry McBride (edited with Catherine Morris) (2001)
  • Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties (2003)


  • Prepare for Saints: The Making of a Modern Opera, documentary, for Connecticut Public Television (writer, director).
  • Beatrice Wood Remembers, short documentary, (2019) (writer, director)

Kelli Evans ’91

Judge, Nominee to CA Supreme Court

Stanford Affiliation: BA Public Policy ‘91

Nominated by: Stanford Pride Board of Directors

Judge Kelli Evans serves as a Judge in the Alameda County Superior Court. Throughout her career, Judge Evans has focused her efforts on protecting and advancing justice, and on the fair and just application of law. Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced his intention to appoint Judge Evans to serve as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.
Prior to her appointment to the Alameda County Superior Court, Judge Evans served as Chief Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary in the Office of Governor Newsom, where she helped shape California’s moratorium on capital punishment and advised the Governor and executive agencies on myriad issues in administrative proceedings and in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Judge Evans served as Special Assistant to the Attorney General at the California Department of Justice from 2017 to 2019 and was Senior Director for the Administration of Justice at the California State Bar from 2014 to 2017. She was Associate Director of the ACLU of Northern California from 2010 to 2013, where she served as a Staff Attorney from 1995 to 1998. Judge Evans also served as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as an Assistant Public Defender at the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office.

Judge Evans received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her law degree from the University of California at Davis, where she was the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Public Service. Judge Evans is a Harvard Law School Wasserstein Fellow and has served on a number of non‐profit boards. Judge Evans recently was selected to receive the Judge of the Year award from the Alameda‐Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association.