Dr. Gayle Rubin received the 2020-21 Distinguished Achievement Award from the AQA. The AQA applauded Rubin's foundational texts in feminist and queer anthropology.  Additionally, the AQA praised "her two landmark essays, 1975’s “The Traffic in Women” and 1984’s “Thinking Sex,” which transformed the way that a generation considered gender and sexuality. Her book of collected essays, Deviations, published by Duke University Press in 2011 is the winner of AQA’s Ruth Benedict Prize in Queer Anthropology. In 2000 Rubin received the National Leather Association Lifetime Achievement Award and was selected by the Leather Archives & Museum as a “Centurion” — one of twenty in the 20th century recognized for outstanding contributions to Leather."