Photos by Melissa Kleckner for Queer Rising, 2013
Activists and members of the LGBTQ community protest outside Madison Square Garden in-response to a string of recent anti-gay assaults
TONIGHT'S RALLY AND MARCH HOSTED BY QUEER RISING AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN DREW OVER 200 PEOPLE AND COMMUNITY LEADERS, IN RESPONSE TO RECENT ANTI-GAY HATE CRIMES
New York, NY -- Over 200 people and several key community leaders attended a rally and march this evening outside the Knicks' game at Madison Square Garden. Queer Rising — a grassroots organization created to demand full equality for all queer people through nonviolent direct action — sponsored Queers Take Back the Night: A Rallied Response to Dual Hate-Crimes
, a rally and march in response to a string of anti-gay assaults in the Madison Square Garden area.
Supporters gathered at 7:00pm at the southwest corner of 7th Ave and W. 33rd St and distributed flyers to Knicks fans and passersby about the attacks. At 8:00pm (concurrent with the start of the game), community leaders addressed the crowd outside the arena, followed by a peaceful march down 8th Ave through Chelsea ending in Jackson Square Park.
Speakers at the rally included civil rights attorney Yetta Kurland, Marriage Equality USA Board President Cathy Marino-Thomas, the Reverend Mark Erson from St. John's Lutheran, plus Tasha Amezcua from the Anti-Violence Project, Raven Koch from the Center for Anti-Violence Education, Miss Stonewall 2013 drag performer Frostie Flakes, Jeton Ademaj from Queerocracy, and Queer Rising co-founder and rally coordinator Eugene Lovendusky.
"I can't teach you a punch or a strike right now," said self-defense instructor, Raven Koch from the Center for Anti-Violence Education, "But I can tell you something you can always carry in your pocket... and that is that you are worth defending
Queer Rising co-founder and rally coordinator, Eugene Lovendusky adds "All New Yorkers have the right to feel safe in their neighborhoods. It is the responsibility of the Knicks to condemn anti-gay violence by their fans and protect New Yorkers at and around their events."
One hate crime occurred after the Knicks game on Sunday May 5, along 8th Ave in front of Madison Square Garden. At the time, two men were holding hands when they were taunted with gay slurs by men wearing NY Knicks jerseys. The couple was thrown to the ground, punched and kicked. One man sustained a broken nose and the other a broken wrist. Police have made no arrests, but are seeking four men who may be involved.
A similar incident occurred days later one block from MSG, when two men were physically attacked and chased to the PATH station on W. 33rd Street, where the attack continued. Two people were arrested in that incident, but others got away. Victims sustained injuries to the face and eyes.
The Anti-Violence Project has denounced two other recent assaults, including one that occurred last Wednesday nearby the West Village gay bar, Pieces.
It is the position of Queer Rising that in New York City today, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers have the right to safely walk around their city or show public affection without fear of violence.
"With the coming out of openly gay NBA player Jason Collins, gay people can play basketball to thousands of fans inside Madison Square Garden, but they still can't hold hands safely outside it without being taunted or physically attacked," says Queer Rising member, Brandon Cuicchi.
The attackers of the May 5 incident have yet to be found, though video of the suspects has circulated the internet. Authorities are asking anyone who recognizes the suspects in this video http://www.ibtimes.com/gay-bashing-knicks-fans-exposed-video-police-investigating-hate-crime-outside-madison-square-garden
to call 800-577-TIPS
On April 2nd
, Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2013
brings together fashion's most fabulous for a dazzling evening of cocktails, a silent auction, and haute couture on the runway. Join the leading International Fashion and Luxury companies as they come together with New York City’s charitable and social communities to benefit four of the most worthy non-profit organizations that improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community.
Past years' auctions have included luxurious cadeaux by Prada, Gucci, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Etro and more. The beneficiaries these year are Lamda Legal, The Hetrick Martin Institute, The AIDS Community Research Initiative of America Tuesday, April 2, 2013 • on the Intrepid, • Pier 86 @ 46th Street, NYC.
For tickets visit www.jeffreyfashioncares.org/tickets.html
THE BLACK PARTY EXPO swaggers back to Roseland Ballroom on Friday, March 23, with a weekend long series of events including the first annual HARD FASHION SHOW on Friday night 3/23 at 9PM - featuring fashions from Adrian Alicea, Priape, Matthew Camp, Nick Stryker, Mio and the Black Party Collection - all modeled by Cocky Boys. Singer Billie Ray Martin will perform simultaneously. All proceeds to benefit The NYC LGBT Center
FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013 from 9PM, at the ROSELAND BALLROOM at 239 West 52nd Street.
HARD FASHION SHOW • featuring Billie Ray Martin in Concert at 9PM, and Sharon Needles Hosts THE HOOKIES at 11PM
Have you heard?Anderson Cooper
will receive the Vito Russo Award
at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York
on March 16th
.. And you could be there to see his special honor. For your chance to win, simply make a gift to GLAAD at www.glaad.org/win
The lucky winner and a guest will receive the ultimate VIP treatment at the GLAAD Media Awards, including round-trip airfare on Delta Air Lines to NYC, hotel accommodations, and tickets to the GLAAD Media Awards and after-party.
By supporting GLAAD with a contribution of $15 or more, you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to New York to join Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America, and more at the GLAAD Media Awards. A winner will be announced on March 13th,
so make your contribution today.
Good luck and I hope to see you on March 16th.Herndon Graddick • GLAAD President
A rare showing of a controversial 70’s gay artist’s most decadent illustrated seriesTHE SAINT AT LARGE
and THE CENTER
in assoc. with LESLIE LOHMAN & FOLSOM STREET EAST
present ART + SIN II
and REX: SEX FREAK CIRCUS
to benefit the Center in NYC.
“No artist scares guys the way REX’s work scares guys. It’s the basic difference between simple erotic entertainment and art. With [art], your way of seeing begins to change
.” - Jack Fritscher, Son Of Drummer 1978
(New York, NY) - The Saint At Large
, New York’s preeminent gay party producers, and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
present a one-night-only exhibition and benefit cocktail reception featuring the rarely seen REX: SEX FREAK CIRCUS
series. A night of controversial art, the charitable event is the presenters’ second annual collaboration of ART + SIN
During the heyday of New York’s leather scene, gay erotic artist REX was to illustration what Mapplethorpe was to photography. Known for his meticulous pointillist style, REX established his place as one of the pioneering masters of sexually explicit art in the 1960s and 70s when his work appeared in such landmark gay publications as Drummer, The Advocate, Straight To Hell and Honcho. His poster art and t-shirt designs for New York City’s The Mineshaft, have become icons for the sexual freedom of a pre-AIDS world.
Among his contemporaries, REX’s work continues to stand out for its challenging content and remains the enfant terrible
of that seminal generation:
“Rex expresses the psyche of the leather culture far deeper than Arnett, the Hun, Domino, Etienne, Martin of Holland or Tom of Finland. Those artists are each singular and great, but safely gay. REX is distinguished because he goes beyond gay and dares to draw images of marginal and perverse sexual urges we may not ever want to admit to, but that we often cum to,”
Perhaps none of his work better embodies this relentless ability to challenge, confront and even scare the viewer than his “Sex Freak Circus
” series. This notorious 12-piece collection was completed over a four-year period beginning in 1988 with each drawing taking between four to six months. The series, in its entirety, has been exhibited only once – for a special single night show at the Copacabana Nightclub on East 60th Street in 1992. In 1994, several pieces were exhibited in a REX show at Leslie-Lohman Gallery in Soho and again in a group show at the Hudson Gallery in 1996. Since then they have not been viewed publicly.
“The Sex Freak Circus series’ connection with this year’s BPX: Black Party Expo’s Dirty Carnival
theme and the fact that we’ve commissioned this year’s THE SAINT AT LARGE PRESENTS RITES XXXIV: BLACK PARTY poster invite from REX – 30 years after he was commissioned to create1983’s poster invite – make the artist and this series a particularly relevant choice to anchor this year’s ART + SIN,” states Mike Peyton
, Black Party producer and principal organizer of the exhibition.
“This is our second time collaborating with The Saint At Large on an exhibition and we’re excited to bring relevant artwork to our community that they wouldn’t be able to see anywhere else. Working with the Black Party helps broaden awareness of the Center’s cultural programming; it also benefits the Center financially from the donation of all the proceeds,” states the Center’s Director of Cultural Programs, Paul Menard
.Thursday, March 7, 2013, Cocktail Reception 7:00 – 9:30 pm
at THE CENTER: 208 West 13th Street
Tickets: $25 @ www.gaycenter.org/
and at the door. Dress: Fetish wear encouraged.
February 20, 2013(L to R) Joe Moran, Communications and Technology Director, Gregory Lewis, Executive Director, Jama Shelton, LMSW, Forty to None Project DirectorCYNDI LAUPER’S TRUE COLORS FUND NAMES JAMA SHELTON AS DIRECTOR OF ITS FORTY TO NONE PROJECTSelects leading expert and practitioner to address the needs of homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.
NEW YORK – True Colors Fund co-founder Cyndi Lauper and executive director Gregory Lewis announced the appointment of Jama Shelton as the new director of the fund’s Forty to None Project. Launched in June 2012, the Forty to None Project is the first and only national organization focused solely on bringing an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness. The creation of the project director position is part of the True Colors Fund’s expanded commitment to giving a voice to the nearly forty percent of the 1.6 million homeless youth who identify as gay or transgender—and marks the first position of its kind on the national level.
Shelton, who will assume her new responsibilities on March 1st, is a nationally recognized expert and leader on the issue of gay and transgender youth homelessness. During her 9-year tenure at the Ali Forney Center in New York City, she played an integral role in the building of the most expansive housing program in the nation for gay and transgender youth. She is a professor at both Hunter College and the NYU School of Social Work, and has developed and conducted extensive training for service providers around the country. Shelton is a leading authority on the unique needs of transgender and gender non-conforming youth experiencing homelessness, which is the topic of her dissertation research. She is currently finishing her PhD in Social Welfare at the CUNY Graduate Center and is expecting to graduate in May.
“I’m honored by the confidence that Cyndi and Gregory have shown in my ability to lead the Forty to None Project. In my years doing this work, I have learned that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender homeless youth have very specific needs. As the first director for the Forty to None Project, my work will focus on making sure that those young people’s needs are met, and that they have a voice that is sorely missing in society today,” she added.
On behalf of True Colors Fund, Lauper and Lewis said, “We’re ecstatic to have someone of Jama’s stature and vast expertise join the True Colors Fund and play such an integral role in moving our work forward. We are confident that under Jama’s leadership the Forty to None Project will continue to transform the conversation around this issue and make significant strides in ensuring that no young person is ever homeless again because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Jeff Krehely, the incoming chief foundation officer of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and a co-chair of the Forty to None Project advisory board, said, “I could not be happier that Jama is joining the Forty to None Project. Her expertise – both her years of work with LGBT homeless kids and her academic record – will bring new energy and power to a community that is too often neglected.”
Shelton is the newest hire in an expanded leadership team at the True Colors Fund who bring more than thirty-five years of combined experience in non-profit management and innovation. Her wide array of experience will play a vital role in fulfilling the initial five year strategic plan for the Forty to None Project, which primarily focuses its efforts on ending gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness by educating and engaging the public, advocating within government and media, creating empowering experiences for these young people, facilitating leading research, and aiding service providers in building their capacity and creating an inclusive environment within their agencies.
The True Colors Fund was recently awarded a 3-year $75,000 grant to directly support this position by The Palette Fund. “Our partnership with the True Colors Fund continues to highlight how The Palette Fund loves to work: identifying forward-thinking leaders, supporting their efforts to create something new, and staying the course so that lasting transformation occurs. The hiring of Jama to lead the newly developed Forty to None Project does exactly that and we look forward to working together in this important area for years to come,” stated Terrence Meck, Co-Founder & President, The Palette Fund.
A young person who Jama has worked with shared the following upon learning of her appointment: “I remember when she pulled me aside and told me to basically work on me. It’s like she knew the hardship I endured while growing up that lead to the actions I was performing on a day-to-day basis. I know that she will help this program to be a success while changing lives at the same time. Some have the gift to sing – Jama has this gift to motivate and change!”
for Jama’s full biography and photo.
True Colors Fund was co-founded by Cyndi Lauper to inspire and engage everyone, especially straight people, to become active participants in the advancement of equality for all and to raise awareness about and bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness. For more information please visit www.truecolorsfund.org
- the trio of JC Cassis
, Rony G,
and infamous drag queen Mimi Imfurst
from Ru Paul's Drag Race are
bringing to you their single "Hologram". The trio have dominated the national and international stage for a decade and worked with many of the big stars in show biz such as Lady Gaga, Mya, C&C Music Factory, Salt-N-Pepa, Joan Rivers and more. XELLE is produced by longtime hit-maker Zach Adam
, who also directed the "Hologram" music movie.
XELLE will premiere "Hologram," the longest running "choose your own adventure" music movie, on Tuesday, March 5, 2013
at 6:30p.m. at the Norwood on 241 West 14th Street
in NYC. The movie will followed by a Q&A.
Some of the guests celebrities will include Janeane Garofolo (Reality Bites, Romy, Michele's High School Reunion), Kevin Allison (MTV's The State), Kerri Kenney-Silver (Reno 911!), Joshua McKinley (Project Runway), Michael Musto (The Village Voice), Mike Ruiz (RuPaul's Drag Race), and Martha Wash (The Weather Girls).
For more information or to RSVP visit www.xellemusic.com
The We Are Family Foundation® (WAFF)
, a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary songwriter and producer, Nile Rodgers
, will honor Adam Lambert
with the Unity Award
at its annual Celebration Gala
, on Thursday, January 31, 2013
, at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City
. The evening will be hosted by actress Rosie Perez
, co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” and will include a concert featuring Adam Lambert
, Nile Rodgers & CHIC
and special guests, Taylor Dayne
, Grandmaster Melle Mel
, Kathy Sledge, Sam Sparro
and Russell Peters
The event, which was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy, will celebrate extraordinary global citizens like Adam Lambert
and fellow honorees, Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D.
Reservoir Capital Group founder Daniel H. Stern.Adam Lambert
will receive the Unity Award. After appearing on the eighth season of “American Idol,” Lambert skyrocketed to fame, earning a Grammy nomination for his hit single, “Whataya Want From Me,” and becoming the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to debut at Number One on the Billboard chart with his most recent album, Trespassing
. Lambert has channeled his fame into raising awareness about issues close to his heart, advocating on behalf of LGBT causes The Trevor Project, Equality California, and GLAAD, as well as for charity organizations MusiCares, charity:water and DonorsChoose.org
. Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D.
, Executive Director of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation, will receive the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, named in honor of her late son, 13-year-old poet and peacemaker, Mattie J.T. Stepanek, for her significant contribution toward promoting a peaceful society. Previous recipients of this award include Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Quincy Jones, Paul Simon and Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu.Daniel H. Stern
, founder of Reservoir Capital Group, will be honored with the Visionary Award for his extraordinary local and global philanthropic contributions. Previous recipients of the Visionary Award include Tommy Hilfiger; Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitar and Susan and David Rockefeller Jr.
“The We Are Family Foundation was born as a result of 9/11, after which I asked the question, ‘Can we organize for peace half as effectively as others do for hate?’” says Nile Rodgers, Founder & Chairman of the We Are Family Foundation. “My song, ‘We Are Family,’ was the inspiration to bring people together, celebrate our differences and share ideas across borders in order to solve some of the bigger problems facing our world. We are inspired by each of our honorees this year because their dedication and passion to making the world a better place are their lifelong missions.”
The funds raised at this year’s Celebration Gala will support WAFF’s mission and existing programs including Three Dot Dash, WAFF’s signature program, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teens to share their stories and inspire millions.
To purchase tickets, or to make a contribution to the We Are Family Foundation, please visit wearefamilyfoundation.org
. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Arrivals and reception begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013
followed at 7:30 p.m. by an awards ceremony, dinner and concert at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom located at 311 West 34th Street in New York City. Concert Only ticket holders arrival time is 8:15 p.m.About We Are Family Foundation
The We Are Family Foundation® (WAFF) is a New York City based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that inspire and educate the next generation about respect, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity – while striving to solve some of our biggest global problems at the same time. Since its inception in 2002, WAFF, founded by legendary songwriter/musician/producer Nile Rodgers, has created Three Dot Dash, a Global Teen Leader initiative that has empowered exceptional teens from 36 countries on six continents working together to alleviate issues related to basic human needs; created worldwide curricula that is currently used on six continents; produced TEDxTeen, an annual conference that gives extraordinary teens an educational platform to share their work, tell their stories and inspire others; built a global coalition of more than 75 organizations; created and distributed the award-winning PSA and early childhood educational DVD program, “We Are Family: A Musical Message for All,” to more than 60,000 schools and youth programs internationally; built 17 new schools, providing an education to more than 3,500 boys and
girls in Mali and Malawi, Africa, Nepal and Nicaragua. To date, WAFF has made a positive impact on 15 million+ people worldwide.
Multi-platinum-selling vocal group The Tenors, will kick off the new year with back to back concerts at The Cutting Room on Monday, January, 14th and 15th in New York City. The group, formerly known as The Canadian Tenors, is made up of Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters, Remigio Pereira and Victor Micallef. The guys just finished up a whirl-wind holiday season beginning with a performance at the L.A. Live/NBC 4 Los Angeles Holiday Tree Lighting at Nokia Plaza with Barry Manilow, Cody Simpson, and others. The singers also, joined actors Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, and Hollywood’s brightest stars and executives to help Los Angeles Confidential Magazine celebrate 10 years in print and were the featured musical guests of the evening. Earlier in the season, The Tenors performed at the 11th Annual Celebration of Dreams Gala, which honored Katy Perry, among others.
The group will release their highly anticipated second studio album, LEAD WITH YOUR HEART, on January 15, 2013, via a U.S. deal with multi-Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster, Chairman of Verve Music Group. The group has already garnered a brilliant response in their native Canada, where LEAD WITH YOUR HEART powered to Top 3 on the Top Current Album Chart (behind Taylor Swift and Rod Stewart),
Monday, January 14th and Tuesday, January 15th 8:00pm at The Cutting Room • 44 East 32nd Street (Between Madison and Park Avenue South)
Dear friends and supporters – I am writing with a heavy heart to inform you that due to unsafe weather, the 2012 Emery Awards scheduled for Monday, October 29 is CANCELLED.
As the single largest fundraising event for HMI, this was not an easy decision to make, and we are heartbroken that the amazing evening we had planned will not go on but we must remain focused on the safety of our young people, our volunteers, our staff and of course YOU.
Hurricane Sandy’s impact is expected to be at its worst on Monday evening. The State of New York and New York City have issued a state of emergency and will begin shutting down public transportation beginning at 7pm Sunday evening lasting through the expected storm surge on Monday night.
Please take all necessary precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe. You can find the most up-to-date information about the storm and public safety alerts online at http://www.nyc.gov
HMI deeply appreciates your support for the 2012 Emery Awards and we will certainly follow up with you in the coming weeks with more information.
Hetrick-Martin InstituteAs of now, the 2012 Emery Awards will go on as scheduled! We will send you information if the weather changes those plans. Otherwise get your tickets today and join our amazing celebrity line-up and support the youth of HMI!