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GMHC Fêtes Dustin Lance Black, Mary Fisher, Louis Bradbury

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Louis Bradbury, board co-chair Michael Harwood, Larry Kramer’s husband David Webster, Larry Kramer, Mary Fisher, emcee Judy Gold, board co-chair Robbie Kaplan, CEO Kelsey Louis, and board member Nicholas Coppola. | DONNA ACETO
Louis Bradbury, board co-chair Michael Harwood, Larry Kramer’s husband David Webster, Larry Kramer, Mary Fisher, emcee Judy Gold, board co-chair Robbie Kaplan, CEO Kelsey Louis, and board member Nicholas Coppola. | DONNA ACETO

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | The annual Spring Gala of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, held March 21 at Cipriani 42nd Street, honored screenwriter and director Dustin Lance Black and advocate Mary Fisher, along with the group’s former board chair Louis Bradbury.

Screenwriter and director Dustin Lance Black. | DONNA ACETO
Screenwriter and director Dustin Lance Black. | DONNA ACETO

Black won the Academy Award in screenwriting for the 2008 “Milk,” and was a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which successfully challenged California’s Proposition 8 in federal court. Based on the trial transcript from the Prop 8 case, he wrote “8,” which was broadcast live with a cast that included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, and John C. Reilly.

Fisher, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1991, came to national attention with her address to the 1992 Republican Convention. Since then, Fisher, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, has remained active in the fight against AIDS and on issues of global women’s empowerment.

Bradbury served on GMHC’s board from 1990 through 1997, four years of which he was president. During that time, the agency established the David Geffen Testing Center as well as a medical partnership with Weill Cornell Medical Center. Bradbury was co-chair of the Empire State Pride Agenda from 2011 through 2014, during which time the group helped win the victory on marriage equality in New York.

AIDS activists Larry Kramer and Mary Fisher. | DONNA ACETO
AIDS activists Larry Kramer and Mary Fisher. | DONNA ACETO

Louis Bradbury and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, an assistant commissioner in the city health department in charge of HIV/ AIDS policy. | DONNA ACETO
Louis Bradbury and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, an assistant commissioner in the city health department in charge of HIV/ AIDS policy. | DONNA ACETO

GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. | DONNA ACETO
GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. | DONNA ACETO

Actor Alan Cumming with GMHC co-chair Michael Harwood. | DONNA ACETO
Actor Alan Cumming with GMHC co-chair Michael Harwood. | DONNA ACETO

Dr. Larry Mass, with Larry Kramer one of the half-dozen co-founders of GMHC. | DONNA ACETO
Dr. Larry Mass, with Larry Kramer one of the half-dozen co-founders of GMHC. | DONNA ACETO

City Councilmember Corey Johnson, chair of the Health Committee. | DONNA ACETO
City Councilmember Corey Johnson, chair of the Health Committee. | DONNA ACETO

Emcee Judy Gold. | DONNA ACETO
Emcee Judy Gold. | DONNA ACETO

PHOTO BY DONNA ACETO.
PHOTO BY DONNA ACETO.

Updated 5:17 pm, July 20, 2018
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