Oct 11, 5:30pm, Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, 811 Seventh Ave (at W 53rd St), prideagenda.org. Join your host Justin Vivian Bond and more than 1,100 friends and allies of the LGBT community to celebrate Empire State Pride Agenda’s strength and commitment to achieving equality for all LGBT New Yorkers. Actress and activist Judith Light will receive the 2012 Douglas W. Jones Leadership Award for her tireless advocacy on behalf of our community.
Sixth Annual Golden Hearts Awards
Oct 15, 7pm, The Great Hall at the Cunard Building, 25 Broadway, glwd.org. With past recipients including Calvin Klein, Joan Rivers, Carolina Herrera and Broadway Care/Equality Fights AIDS, God’s Love We Deliver’s Golden Heart Awards 2012 will honor designer and fashion icon Michael Kors for Lifetime Achievement, Glee creator Ryan Murphy for Outstanding Service to the Community and Cindy Little for Outstanding Volunteerism. The dinner is meant to honor those in the corporate, philanthropic, political and volunteer communities who have helped GLWD deliver free, nutritious meals and counseling to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses.
New York Cornerstone
Oct 15, 5:30pm, Bumble and Bumble, 415 W 13th St, 8th Fl, pointfoundation.org. Join the party with the Point Foundation and support the next generation of LGBT leaders. The Cornerstone event is an opportunity for attendees to meet with scholars and alumni and hear their inspiring stories over cocktails and appetizers. Established in 2001, the Point Foundation has given LGBT students, in every discipline, scholarships to the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.
33rd Annual salute to women in sports
Oct 17, 6pm, Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall St, womenssportsfoundation.org. Catch a glimpse of Olympic greats, team stars and inspiring individual athletes at the 33rd annual awards gala honoring leading advocates for women and girls in sports. The Sportswoman of the Year will be crowned along with a host of other honorees. The evening will also feature a special tribute to the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s programs to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.
Oct 19, 8pm, Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St, stonewallfoundation.org. Calling all budding philanthropists: Revel is the Stonewall Foundation’s signature event for younger donors who want to invest in the future of the LGBT community in New York. Since 1999, Revel has brought 700 young LGBT professionals and friends together for a fabulous night of giving back. Come out and make a difference to empower young donors like yourself.
SAGE Awards and Gala
Oct 22, 6pm, Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway (at 36th St), sageusa.org. SAGE—Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders— invites the community to its annual awards gala at the elegant Gotham Hall, which honors three leaders for their work on behalf of LGBT equality. This year’s honorees are Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, New York City Commissioner on Aging; Judith E. Turkel, Esq., an attorney in private practice and LGBT advocate; and Pfizer. The gala includes a sit-down dinner and presentation ceremony.
A Place at Our Table
Oct 26, 6pm, Capitale, 130 Bowery, aliforneycenter.org. Handsome and out MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts hosts Ali Forney Center’s annual gala, which celebrates 10 years of providing a safe refuge and support for homeless LGBT youth. This year’s event honors political activist David Mixner and Kiehls president Chris Salgardo for their long commitments to LGBT equality, as well as a surprise AFC alum. The corporate honoree is Time Warner Cable, which will partner with the Ali Forney Center to bring a Time Warner Learning Lab—a state-of-the-art facility with computers, software, TVs and free Wi-Fi—to the Center this fall.
Oct 29, 6pm, The Altman Building and Metropolitan Pavilion, 135 W 18th St, hmi.org. Named in honor of Dr. Emery Hetrick, who founded the Hetrick-Martin Institute in 1979 along with his partner Dr. A. Damien Martin, the annual Emery Awards have been given for the past 26 years to honor individuals and group that embody Hetrick-Martin’s mission—providing safe and supportive environments for all young people, regardless of orientation or identity. With past hosts including Margaret Cho, Wendy Williams, Sam Champion and Crystal Chappell, this year’s event is one of the season’s hottest tickets.
Oct 29, 6pm, Bryant Park Grill, 25 W 40th St, ascnyc.org. AIDS Service Center NYC hosts its annual fall gala with the theme “Unmask AIDS.” This year’s event honors ABC Carpet and Home president Paul Chapman and Sero Project executive director Sean Strub, both of whom work to reduce the negative stigma that still affects those with HIV/AIDS and their families. The evening features a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and entertainment as well as a celebration of the highlights of ASCNYC service achievements. There will also be a special showcase of original masks by notable NYC designers at the gala.
Community Health Awards
Nov 5, 6pm, Espace, 635 W 42nd St, callen-lorde.org. Callen-Lorde, New York’s only LGBT-focused community health center, honors medical providers, organizations and individuals that keep us well. This year’s stars are actress Cynthia Nixon, world-renowned AIDS researcher Martin Markowitz, M.D., and the respected law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, which is challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in New York.
Nov 8, 7-10pm, 82 Mercer St, gmhc.org. From the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic, the fashion industry has been a major force in raising public awareness and supporting organizations that provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS. GMHC launched Fashion Forward in 2007 to thank the industry and its longstanding commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS. This super-fabulous affair features a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, a runway show and canoodling with fashion notables. This year’s designers include Antonio Azzuolo and Jac Langheim.
Women’s Event 15
Nov 10, 7pm, Three Sixty in Tribeca, 2 Desbrosses St, gaycenter.org. One of the season’s glitziest fundraisers, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center’s annual Women’s Event brings together hundreds of New Yorkers who support the Center’s vital women’s programs. Expect amazing cocktails and dinner, special celebrity hosts, and a swanky after-party with 360-degree views of lower Manhattan.
P.R.I.D.E. 2012 Leadership Awards
Nov 17, 8pm, Astoria World Manor, 25-22 Astoria Blvd, Queens, prideny.org. The Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment is excited to welcome Carlos Anaya, better known as the Latino Ryan Seacrest, as host of the 2012 Leadership Awards ceremony. This year's honorees include Guillermo Chacon, Maria E. Alvarez, Earl Fowlkes, Amelia Vega, Ruben Diaz Jr., Safire, Maritza Martinez and Akeema Lottman. Created by LGBT people of Puerto Rican ancestry and supporters, P.R.I.D.E. aims to empower the community against racism, homophobia and HIV/AIDS while providing a safe atmosphere for expression and discussion.
Nov 18, 5pm, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, glaad.org. Rub shoulders with art world stars at GLAAD’s annual art fundraiser featuring collectible works from legendary artists. This year’s event is curated by Daneyal Mahmood. All funds raised will support GLAAD and its efforts to move towards LGBT equality in the media. Previous artists whose works have been sold included Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky and Annie Leibovitz.