For the fourth year running, Gay City News will honor outstanding achievement in New York’s LGBTQ community and from among its allies in a gala Impact Awards evening.
This year, the event takes place Thursday, March 29, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Ravel Hotel in Long Island City, a change-up from previous years when it was held in Park Slope.
Over the past three years, the newspaper, in what one honoree termed “warm evenings of community-building,” has honored luminaries including Edie Windsor, Governor David Paterson, Brendan Fay, Stuart Appelbaum of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Callen-Lorde’s Wendy Stark, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s Glenn Magpantay, Cathy Marino-Thomas, OutRight Action International’s Jessica Stern, Jay W. Walker from Gays Against Guns, Tom Duane, the Anti-Violence Project’s LaLa Zannell, Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Faisal Alam, Glennda Testone, and the Pipeline Project’s Clarence Patton.
This year, the honorees are:
Anne Maguire, Revolting Lesbians/ Irish Lesbian & Gay Organization
Andy Marra, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
Brian Downey, Gay Officers Action League
Charles King, Housing Works
Chynna Pitlock, Queens Center For Gay Seniors
Cristina Herrera, Translatina Network
Daniel Tietz, Bailey House, Inc
Donna Aceto, Photographer
Darnell L. Moore, Author
Dr. Ross Hewitt, MetroPlus Health Plan
Floyd Rumohr, Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Harmonica Sunbeam, Drag Queen
Hon. W. Franc Perry, New York State Supreme Court Justice
Jeffrey S. Trachtman, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Jeremiah Johnson, Treatment Action Group/ Rise and Resist
Jerry Allred, Brooklyn Pride
Kaz Mitchell, Circle of Voices Inc
Lee Soulja-Simmons, NYC Black Pride
Marcy E. Carr MSW, Pride Center of Staten Island
Matthew Skinner, Hon. Marcy Kahn & Hon. Joanne Winslow, The Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission
Michael Narain, Out My Closet
Mohamed Q. Amin, Caribbean Equality Project
Monica Prata, Nouveau She
Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Lambda Legal
Patricio Manuel, Professional Boxer
Regnarian Jenkins, Amida Care
Robert Atterbury, Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City & Senior Assistant to Jerrold Nadler
Robert Voorheis, Marriage Equality USA/ Gay Against Guns
Roscoe Boyd II, U=U
Steven Garibell, TD Bank
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Out My Closet, which empowers displaced and under-resourced LGBTQ youth with clothing, care, and compassion.
MetroPlus Health Plan is this year’s Impact Awards presenting sponsor. Other sponsors for the evening are Amida Care, East Midtown Partnership, TD Bank, New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, and Superior Photo Booths.
Tickets for the gala evening are now on sale at gaycitynew