Posted by The Diana Foundation
The Diana Foundation, America’s oldest continuously active gay organization, will honor The Montrose Center's Executive Director and community activist Ann J. Robison with its Diana Award for Community Achievement at the 69th Diana Awards on Saturday, April 2, 2022.

In 1988, Ann Robison was hired to lead the 13-person behavioral health organization known then as Montrose Counseling Center. Dr. Robison has transformed that small agency with its $385,000 budget to the multi-service LGBTQ community center that exists today, with an annual budget exceeding $6 million.

Dr. Robison’s vision to develop programs that improve the quality of life and outcomes for consumers has been instrumental in this growth. Her background as an anti-violence advocate led her to found Texas’s first domestic violence/sexual assault/hate crimes services specifically for LGBTQ survivors.

Her Ph.D. from the University of Texas School of Public Health lends a holistic view of service to the community. That perspective led to the rescue of two struggling organizations – a 24-hour crisis hotline (the LGBT Switchboard) and the oldest LGBTQ youth organization in Texas (Hatch Youth) – by bringing them under the Center’s wing and providing an infrastructure and setting in which they could thrive.

Under Dr. Robison’s leadership, the Center staff and volunteers have integrated behavioral health with primary care, developed senior services and youth homeless prevention services. She also saw a need for a centralized Cultural Center offering community meeting space and synergy with small LGBTQ non-profit partners. With Ann Robison’s leadership, the Montrose Center has flourished as a first-class LGBTQ center with a national reputation.

Dr. Robison is a founding board member of the Network of Behavioral Health Providers. This organization brings together the majority of behavioral health providers in Harris and Fort Bend Counties to collaborate on joint projects and advocate with a collective voice for consumers

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Howard Huffstutler, Diana president, stated that Robison represents what is great about Houston’s LGBTQ community. “Ann has used her platform to raise awareness and lift up our community,” said Huffstutler. “She is a role model, a visionary, and one of the most deserving individuals to receive our Foundation’s highest honor.”
The Diana Award for Community Achievement was created in 1984 to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to the Houston LGBTQ community. Past recipients have included Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, former Houston mayors Annise Parker and Kathy Whitmire, and philanthropist Carolyn Farb.
The 69th Diana Awards will take place on Saturday, April 2 at The Parador. Proceeds will help support The Law Herrington Senior Living Center and The Houston Pet Patrol. The Diana Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and tickets are available online at