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2019 Impact Awards Set for March 28

Gay City News’ fourth annual community honors in Long Island City

Honorees Edie Windsor and former Governor David Paterson greet each other at the 2017 Impact Awards.
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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 gaycitynews.com/GCN2019IMPACT.

Updated 2:08 pm, February 1, 2019
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