The Very Best of NYC Special Events

OUTAuction NYC, Women’s Event, Fashion Forward, Emery Awards, OP Reunion, OUTmusic Awards

GLAAD presents OUTAuction NYC, the ninth annual art event celebrating established and emerging artists Nov 24 at Metropolitan Pavilion. Previous auctions have included art by Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, Annie Leibovitz, Peter Max and many more. Since 2002 GLAAD has produced this annual fundraising event, part glamorous cocktail party and part art auction, to benefit the organization’s work to amplify the voices of the LGBT community.

Join hundreds of leading lesbians at the 13th annual Women’s Event, Nov 6 at Chelsea Piers’ Pier 60. Enjoy an evening of cocktails, dining, fabulous silent auction items, dancing and more at this yearly gala and premier women’s celebration benefitting the New York LGBT Community Center. This year the Center honors actress Cynthia Nixon, IBM’s Dr. Yvette C. Burton and community leader Joan Garry—three women with an unyielding commitment the growth and well-being of the LGBT community.

Fashonista Tim Gunn hosts GMHC’s annual Fashion Forward gala Nov 8 at Metropolitan Pavilion. Fashion Forward fuses three bold concepts: saluting the fashion industry’s longstanding commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, remembering the talented and gifted individuals of the fashion community, and bringing New York City together for one of the premier fashion events of the fall season.

Hetrick-Martin Institute presents the Emery Awards at Cipriani Wall Street Nov 9. The event provides an opportunity for friends of Hetrick-Martin to come together with new supporters and honor individuals and corporations who mirror Hetrick-Martin’s mission to support and nurture LGBT youth.

Don’t miss the culmination of Out Professionals’ 25th anniversary celebration: the first-ever OP Reunion on Nov 11. Meet and greet scores of  OP and OP.LYNX members for a special networking catch-up. Who just got a great new job and knows of another? Who’s new in town—or leaving town for a place you’ve always wanted to visit? Catch up with 25 years’ worth of memories and make a few new ones.

The Callen-Lorde Community Health Awards  honors Tony Kushner, Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the groundbreaking play Angels in America; The LGBT Caucus of the New York City Council (including Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmembers Danny Dromm, Rosie Mendez and Jimmy Van Bramer), for their tireless work to ensure the equal rights of New York’s LGBT communities; and the Rainbow Heights Club, for its work
providing sensitive affirming mental health services to the LGBT communities. The fancy fete takes place Nov 15 at Espace.

The OUTmusic Awards descend on New York’s elegant Town Hall Dec 1. The OMAs, the world’s only awards honoring LGBT musicians for excellence in the arts of recording, performance and championing human rights, will laud openly gay recording artists for their achievements and courage. Celebrity presenters will give the Lifetime Achievement Award to Melissa Etheridge, the Heritage Award to Village People cowboy Randy Jones, and the Icon Award  posthumously to disco legend Sylvester, among many more honorees. OUTMusic will also crown an Outstanding LGBT community leader with the Visionary Award. Tickets for the 2010 OMAs can be purchased at or at the door.

The Stonewall Community Foundation presents Revel, its signature younger donor cocktail party bringing together LGBT professionals and  their friends on Nov 17.

The 2010 Stonewall Honors cocktail reception/ awards program/dance party honors the contributions of leaders in New York’s LGBT community will be held at the Highline Ballroom Dec 2. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Community Foundation, 20 outstanding women will be recognized for their contributions to the LGBT rights movement.

Broadway gypsies, dancers and singers take center stage in the Gypsy Of The Year Competition Dec 6-7. This dazzling variety show is filled with lavish musical numbers, original skits and maybe a celebrity or two. It’s all to celebrate the end of six weeks of hard work fundraising in theaters on and off Broadway and across the country for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In its second decade, the competition has been cited as “the season’s most dazzling talent show,” thrilled thousands, and has become a holiday tradition for the entire Broadway community.

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