Subhi NahasJosé Julio Sarria History Maker AwardSelected by SF Pride Board of Directors
José Julio Sarria History Maker Award
Awarded to Bay Area people who make extraordinary changes in the way society views the LGBTQ community.Subhi Nahas, founder of spectraproject.org, began advocating for women’s and children’s rights in Syria, then started working with Save the Children as a translator and advocate. Through his work with them, he was able to reach the refugee community. At the same time, he co-founded the first LGBTQ Syrian magazine, called Mawaleh. The magazine was used as a platform to raise awareness and to educate both the LGBT community and the Syrian community. Subhi co-founded a support group for LGBT refugees in Turkey and organized a weekly talk called “Tea and Talk”, where LGBT people could sit down and talk about their issues and what they are facing. Then the group expanded to offer medical testing and other services, such as legal help and medical referrals.