The Very Best of NYC Special Events

GLAAD Media Awards, St. Pat’s For All Parade, Winter Heat and more…

The GLAAD Media Awards’ New York ceremony will be held Mar 19 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. GLAAD will recognize and honor organizations and individual members of the media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community—with dozens of celebrities in tow.

The Center Dinner will honor lawyer, activist and Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy, a devoted Center board member since 2005. The venue is the Metropolitan Pavilion on Mar 21 to raise funds to support the Center’s diverse array of programs and services.

Feb 23 at the Lexington Avenue Armory, join host Carmen Marc Valvo and Sherri Shepherd for an unforgettable evening as Bailey House holds its 23rd Annual Bailey House Auction and Party. Known for its high-end art, designer furniture, and exotic vacations, this year will prove to be no exception. Don’t miss a night of cocktails, mingling and bidding wars, but most importantly, a night to take a stand against the spread of HIV/AIDS with your support of Bailey House’s housing programs and services.

On Mar 7, join the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission as the organization honors those making a significant, lasting and often heroic impact on the lives of LGBT individuals worldwide. Alan Cumming hosts A Celebration of Courage, an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a silent auction at Landmark on the Park. The Mongolian LGBT Centre and Jeff Sharlet are among the honorees.

Straight for Equality is PFLAG’s annual awards gala that honors our straight allies who are changing hearts and minds in their respective fields. Past honorees have included author Maya Angelou, entertainer Liza Minnelli, actress Sigourney Weaver, and NFL star Scott Fujita. On March 14, PFLAG honors a new set of powerful allies in New York City at the Third Annual Straight for Equality Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Check for updates on this year’s honorees.

If you champion LGBT civil rights and like to show your support by drinking martinis, put your money where your mouth is at Winter Heat, Empire State Pride Agenda’s signature women’s event. Glam it up with cocktails and dancing, and socialize with the movers and shakers in New York’s LGBT movement. DJ Tanner spins all night to celebrate the Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide LGBT civil rights and advocacy organization whose mission is to win equality and justice for LGBT New Yorkers and their families.It all goes down at Marquee Mar 23.

March comes in like a lion for the fifth smash year of The Broadway Beauty Pageant! This not-to-be-missed event, on Mar 21 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, benefits The Ali Forney Center, NYC’s primary housing resource for homeless LGBT youth. The contestants this year are Matt Anctil, La Cage aux Folles; Mikey Cusamano, Chicago; Ray Lee, Anything Goes; Brandon Rubendall, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; and James Tabeek, Mary Poppins.

The Fifth Ave Saint Patrick’s Day Parade may not want gays to march, but the luck of the Irish brings us other opportunities to show our colors for Saint Patty’s. Kick off the month with the 2011 St. Pat’s For All Benefit Concert at the Irish Arts Center on Mar 4. The event offers a fantastic concert and fundraiser for the St. Pat’s For All Parade, held two days later on Mar 6. St Pats for All 2011—New York’s most diverse St. Patrick’s day parade—is a generous coming together of business, community groups, unions, artists and musicians who, for a few hours, turn the streets of Sunnyside and Woodside, Queens, into a welcoming Ireland. Then, head to 5th Ave and 52nd St on Saint Patrick’s Day (Mar 17) for the Queers United Inclusive Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, in which Irish queers protest continued exclusion from the city’s big parade.

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