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Empire State Pride Agenda’s Fall Dinner, Emery Awards and more…


Nov 1 is the 11th Annual Women’s Event, taking place on Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers. This year’s festivities will include cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, dancing and music by DJ Karin Ward. The program will honor three women in the media, and promises to have cast members from The L Word in the audience as the event salutes the show in its sixth and final season.

The Anti-Violence Project is hosting its annual Courage Awards at Espace on the 27th. The event will benefit AVP and the awards will honor Mercedes-Benz USA and Willow House, organizations that have worked towards reducing violence in the LGBT community. AVP works to educate the larger community about violence against and within the LGBT community, including domestic violence as well as failure of the criminal legal system.

This year the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Fall Dinner will take place on the 20th at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. Whoopi Goldberg emcees, and Governor David Paterson delivers the keynote speech. The dinner will benefit ESPA and will honor Ralph Lauren with the 2008 Douglas W. Jones Leadership award. ESPA works towards equality and justice for LGBT New Yorkers and this dinner will celebrate its accomplishments in the past year.

On the 26th join SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) for their 25th Annual Fall Frolic, a women’s dance, which offers women of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to get together and dance to music from all eras, or at least from the ‘40s through current times. This “Fall Frolic” will take place at Opera, formerly known as China Club, and will feature a red dots for those available as a dance partner, a raffle with a cash prize and a performance by the Youth Pride Chorus. Proceeds from ticket and raffle sales will benefit SAGE, and in previous years this event has been hailed as the best dance event for mature women in NYC.


Beginning Nov 6 is the Brooklyn Rocks Music Festival and Battle of the Bands, which takes place on six nights, through the 15th, and features the hottest new unsigned bands. One of our favorite groups is Jen Urban and the Box, who are playing on the 7th.

Tickets are not sold at the door for the GLAAD Out Auction, which takes place on the 23rd of November, so don’t delay if you want to place your bids on gorgeous Chagall pieces or Ritts images. The honorary host committee includes Alan Cumming and Edward Albee. Art submissions are being considered until the 15th of this month and donations for gift bags are still being accepted. This is a good chance to promote yourself and support out artists, so check out for more details.

Also coming up are the Hetrick-Martin’s Emery Awards on Nov 11, which will be held at Cipriani on 42nd St. Ticket prices are hefty, starting at $500, but the cause is worth supporting if you can. There are lots of ways to do so, from purchasing a CD of covers from the Hedwig soundtrack to volunteering at the institute. You can find out all the details at

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