Category Archives: Benefits

9th Annual New York Gay Football League Bachelor Auction November 21


Thursday, November 21, the New York Gay Football League will host its Ninth Annual Bachelor Auction at XL Nightclub (512 W. 42nd St) at 7pm.  Proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit the GLSEN Sports Project.   

About the New York
Gay Football League
New York Gay Football League seeks to promote the positive social and
athletic enjoyment of flag football. Through our league, our events and
most importantly our players, we also seek to foster and augment the
self-respect and to engender respect and understanding from the gay
community. While particular emphasis is placed on these specific goals,
it is a fundamental principle of the NYGFL that all activities, social
and athletic, are conducted to be inclusive in nature and that no
individual shall be excluded from participating on the basis of sexual
orientation, gender, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin,
political beliefs, athletic ability or physical challenge.

About the GLSEN Sports Project

the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project is an education and advocacy program
focused on addressing LGBT issues in K-12 school-based athletic and
physical education programs. The Sport Project’s mission is to assist
K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical
education climate that is based on the core principles of respect,
safety and equal access for all students, teachers and coaches
regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression and
integrating these efforts into overall school plans to ensure a safe,
respectful school climate and culture. For more information, go to:

HEAL THIS WAY by Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters November 12th

  Gaga’s Little Monsters’ 

       Heal This Way 
Charity Book Launch 
Tuesday November 12, 2013

Benefiting The Trevor Project

Tracey B. Wilson to Host Star Studded Little Monster Celebration with Launch of Heal This Way: A Love Story.

Appearances by special guests: TBA

Presentation by 

The Trevor Project and more!

WHAT: Lady Gaga’s fans share their feelings on coming out and bullying in new book ‘Heal
This Way: A Love Story’ published, compiled by a selection of Lady
Gaga’s fans aka Little Monsters, who share their emotions about coming
out, bullying, suicide and the need for acceptance. 

With photographs by Born This Way
tour photographer Tracey B. Wilson. The book was originally planned as a
‘get well’ to Gaga after she was forced to pull out of her 2013 tour
due to a hip injury. All proceeds from the launch party benefit The Trevor Project
in supporting LGBT youth on an anit-bullying platform. Our goal is to inspire, encourage,
and motivate LGBT youth , uplift the human spirit, build confidence, and raise awareness on the effects of bullying>

More info:


WHEN:              Tuesday, November 12th  7pm


WHERE:            Manhattan Ballroom – 2nd fl

                          29 West 36th Street        New York, NY 10018  


Ronnie Kroell will Walk 900 Miles from Chicago to new York City

  Ronnie Kroell and Elliot 
London, Co founders of THE FRIEND MOVEMENT will walk 921 miles, Chicago
to New  York


Kroell and London will walk 921 miles – over 37 days to raise awareness for increased bullying prevention efforts
across the country. 

 The walk, to coincide with National Bullying
Prevention Month, will begin on Saturday, Oct. 5 from The Bean in Millennium
Park in Chicago and end on Sunday, November 10 in New York City. Both men are
from Chicago, and decided to start their journey there.

London and Kroell  launched the FRIEND MOVEMENT, in response to the increasing number of suicides being committed
as a result of bullying.  Both men were subjected to bullying, and the
two  were inspired to establish the
movement in the wake of the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University
student who jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge in New York
three years ago after being severely cyber-bullied by his dormitory roommate.
And they have filmed a documentary, “Friend” about bullying which is
currently in final stages of production.

London said, ” It is so important for me to make this
film. Our goal is to showcase the struggles of present day teens, and adults
for that matter, being bullied with the technology that we have all embraced.”

“Tyler may have been a young gay man, but bullying does
not discriminate.” said film maker London. ” It affects people
of all races, ages, religions, genders, sexualities, socio-economic backgrounds
and more,” adds London.  “And the impact of bullying is
profound.  It can lead to a plethora of physical and psychological problems
that can be life-long, in addition to suicide, which, by the way, is the number
one cause of death among school and college students in the U.S.” 

Individuals can join FRIEND
MOVEMENT by visiting its indiegogo campaign
For a $20 donation, participants will receive a specially made FRIEND MOVEMENT
watch, as well as a purple ribbon that can be sent back, in a postage-paid
envelope provided by the movement, to The Tyler Clementi Foundation with a
personalized dedication to a friend or family member.  Each ribbon will be
placed on the site of the closing ceremony of the walk in New York City. 


SAVE New Yorks Gay Halloween Parade

New York City Village Halloween Parade, a not-for-profit arts
organization, today announced the launch of their Kickstarter Campaign,
set to go live on September 17th. The campaign will raise
monies in an effort to recover considerable financial losses from the
last minute cancellation of last year’s Parade due to Superstorm Sandy,
as well as provide financial backing to ensure that the Parade will
celebrate its 40th Anniversary this Halloween.


iconic event has provided an exuberant cacophony of lights, sounds and
magical visuals on Halloween night for the past 40 years, attracting
over 2 million people from across the globe at the 2011 Parade alone.
Last year’s cancellation was the first in the Parade’s history, marking a
milestone the organization never hoped to meet. In the face of
devastation and destruction, the Parade has always been there to lift
the spirits of the global community, having been the first major event
in New York after 9/11, welcoming thousands of Hurricane Katrina
refugees in 2005 and commissioning Haitian Carnival Puppets in 2010
after the earthquake in Haiti.


nothing compares to the tragic loss of life and home caused by Sandy,
the last minute cancellation proved to be a financial disaster for the
Parade, putting our

out over $50,000,” said Jeanne Fleming, Producer and Artistic Director.
“We have been hard at work to overcome the setbacks Hurricane Sandy
brought, but

we are asking the millions of people who have ever marched  in or
watched to parade to help us make certain the Parade lives on.”


Through the help of crowd funding via Kickstarter, the Parade will continue to entertain the public for a 40th
year with a special appearance of the Giant Spider by Master Puppeteer
Basil Twist on the Jefferson Market Library Clock Tower.  For more
information on how to become involved in the Kickstarter campaign to
save the New York City Village Halloween Parade, please visit or


+ Pool Will Become a Reality in New York’s Hudson River

It’s going to happen!  A  pool in the Hudson River! It started with a vision – not it’s going to become a reality!

Like a giant strainer dropped into the river, + POOL makes it possible
for everybody to swim in clean river water right here in NYC.
+ POOL started with a simple goal: instead of trying to clean the entire
river, what if you started by just cleaning a small piece of it?  
what if you could change how New Yorkers see their rivers, just by
giving them a chance to swim in it?


4th Annual Barclays Oasis Summer Benefit July 17th

Join the Ali Forney Center for their 4th Annual Barclays Oasis Summer Benefit hosted by Parker Posey and a special performance by Detox from RuPaul’s Drag Race
This year they are moving the party to the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers! The evening includes a very generous open bar for the entire evening hosted by Chopin Vodka, Corzo, & Barefoot Wine. Browse the extensive silent auction featuring hotel stays, spa packages, exclusive tickets and more! 

Tickets are going fast, don’t miss your chance to attend the summer’s hottest benefit in NYC!
All proceeds benefit NYC’s homeless LGBTQ youth.




Sting To Play Benefit Concerts for The Public Theater







Limited Number Of Free Tickets To Be Offered For Each Concert

100 Fan Club Members To Receive Free Tickets

To A Special Birthday Celebration Performance 

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced today that, for the first
and only time,
Sting will perform songs from his new album, The Last Ship, for 10 concerts to benefit The Public Theater in their intimate, 260-seat Anspacher Theater from
September 25 – October 9.
An evening of music and storytelling with one of the world’s most
prolific artists, these performances will offer unique insight into the
creative process of both his new album, to be released
September 24, and his forthcoming
play of the same name, premiering in 2014. All proceeds benefit The Public Theater and are tax deductible.

“Sting is one of the great artists of our time, a brilliant songwriter who is also a model of activist commitment,” said
Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “The Last Ship
is shaping up to be a masterpiece, both an elegy for and a celebration
of the working class life of the Newcastle shipyards. The Public is
honored to call Sting a friend and thrilled
to be hosting these benefit concerts.”


Sting added, “The
Public Theater, a New York institution committed to supporting all of
the city’s distinct communities, was a natural fit to perform this
material that is, at its core, about the importance of community.”


the spirit of The Public Theater’s ongoing mission of accessibility, a
limited number of free seats will be distributed the day of each
performance via a lottery system.  Entries will be taken between 5:30
and 6:00 p.m. each performance day, with a drawing beginning at 6:00 p.m. (All entrants must be present to win.)


also has a long tradition of hosting special events for members of his
official fan club. In addition to these 10 performances, 100
Fan Club members
will receive free tickets, selected via lottery, to attend a very
special concert in celebration of Sting’s birthday on Wednesday, October 2 at The Public Theater. For details, please visit


American Express ® Cardmembers can purchase advance tickets beginning on Wednesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. EST through Sunday, July 14 at 10 p.m. EST at
or 212-967-7555.


An exclusive pre-sale for Fan Club members will begin Saturday, July 13 at 12noon EST and conclude Sunday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Fan Club
members must purchase tickets by phone at 212-967-7555.


Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Sunday, July 14 at 10:01 p.m. EST at and beginning Monday, July 15 at 12noon
EST by phone or at the box office.


ticket prices range from $250-$2,500, with tickets at the top tier to
include VIP seating and a pre-show meet & greet with Sting. Tickets
are tax deductible
for US residents. All performances begin at 8:00 p.m.


New Yorks CENTER Garden Party 30 Kicks Off Pride Week at Pier 84

Annual Tasting Event Partners with ZAGAT to Celebrate Pride and
Support the LGBT Community Center Programs and Services
WHO Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
 Board of Directors and Executive Director Glennda Testone
invite you to Garden Party 30.
WHAT Garden Party brings you A Taste of Pride
curated by ZAGAT and featuring
presenting sponsor Prudential with 40
restaurants and culinary destinations
offering samples from their
delicious menus.
WHEN Monday, June 24, 2013
General Admission 6-10 p.m.
WHERE Hudson River Park’s Pier 84
West Side Highway at 44th Street
New York, NY
How to Purchase Tickets: Tickets are available at
MORE Friends and supporters of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
Community Center (the Center) will gather on June 24
for Garden Party 30,
the Center’s annual tasting event. Kick off Pride
Week with over 1,500
supporters and foodies at our new location on Pier
84. Garden Party is the
only LGBT tasting festival in the country.
Guests will watch the sun set over
the Hudson River while enjoying an
open bar and bidding on delicious dining
 packages in the silent auction.

Proceeds from Garden Party 30 support the Center’s life-enhancing and

 life-changing programs and services, and allow the Center to keep its

 doors open 365 days a year.


WIG NIGHT OUT comes to New York for POINT Foundation Benefit


Hold onto your wigs,
kids! The Supreme Wig Council invites you to wear your most outlandish
wig and come over to the Stonewall Inn for the inaugural Wig Night Out
New York to benefit Point Foundation.

What began three years
ago in Washington, DC as a small group of friends donning wigs and
donating to charity has blossomed into an innovative and quirky, annual
event. Now we’re taking the fun on the road and coming to New York on
June 15.

Wig Night Out promises regular Joes in street clothes and outlandish wigs, all in an effort to raise money for scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth.

The suggested donation is $10 and includes a complimentary cocktail.
100% of the proceeds benefit Point Foundation, the nation’s largest
scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Point
promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development
and community service training, and provides its scholars with the
financial ability to attend the nation’s foremost higher educational

Out of town? Wig in the shop? Out of Aquanet? No worries–you can still support WNO and Point Foundation. Just visit

Since 2011, Wig Night Out has raised nearly $20,000 for Point
Foundation, and we are thrilled to bring this fun event to New York! So
start pouring through that fabulous wig collection you’ve been
amassing, grab your checkbook, bring your pride, and meet us at the
Stonewall Inn on June 15! It’s going to be wigtastic!

For more information, visit us at


After Sandy-A Night of A Thousand Midlers at LIPS May 15th


Lips Restaurant, “The Ultimate in Drag Dining,” is proud to announce that on Wednesday, May 15th,
it will host a tribute
showcase for the legendary Bette Midler to benefit her charity, the New
York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non-profit organization, founded by
Midler, dedicated to restoring parks, gardens and open space in
underserved communities throughout New York City. 
A portion of the funds raised from the evening will be used towards the
NYRP’s “MillionTreesNYC” initiative which aims to plant and care for
one million new trees in NYC by 2017. Particularly after so many of the
city’s trees were destroyed in the wake of
Hurricane Sandy, this is a particularly meaningful cause that Lips
Restaurant is proud to be a part of.  

in attendance will receive the full star treatment as they walk the red
carpet upon arrival where they will be greeted by Joan Rivers look
alike, Jessie Volt, as she conducts
interviews and poses for paparazzi souvenir photos. Once inside, the
cocktail hour will feature cocktails by Absolut, Vueve Cliquot Champagne
and hors d’oeuvres provided by J Kings Foodservice. A silent auction
will be on site with items graciously donated
by Bette Midler including her 2012 Hulaween Costume, signed albums,
CD’s and memorabilia, a Florida vacation, Beauty Salon Experiences,
Restaurant gift certificates, Hulaween and Garden Party Event Tickets,
and more.

the cocktail hour, a three-course dinner will be served by the
legendary “drag” waitresses of Lips, culminating with a fabulous NYRP
tree cake created by TLC’s Cake Boss, Buddy
Valastro for dessert. The evening’s highlight, a “Night of a Thousand
Midler’s” tribute revue dedicated to the Divine Miss M, will be hosted
by drag sensation, Ginger Snapt and feature the world’s foremost Bette
Midler tribute artist, Donna Maxon, along with
the Ladies of Lips.

Tickets for the charitable evening are available online at,
by phone at 212-675-7710, or by mail at: LIPS RESTAURANT, 227 East 56th Street, NYC, NY 10022.


Broadway Bares SOLO STRIPS May 5th at XL Nightclub

Sunday, May 5,2013…….9 pm 

XL Nightclub
512 West 42nd Street, NYC

As the weather warms up, the clothes will come off 12 of the hottest
men from Broadway Bares when they strip down to raise money for Broadway
Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at Broadway Bares: Solo Strips.

Tickets for Solo Strips, a special, one-night-only evening of choreographed stripteases, are on sale now.
A limited number of reserved table seats are available for $40. General
admission standing tickets also are available for a $15 donation. Get tickets now.

This year’s Broadway Bares: Solo Strips dancers include Matt Anctil (La Cage Aux Folles, Broadway Bares 18-21), Patrick Boyd (Grease, Broadway Bares 17-19), James Brown III (Wicked, Broadway Bares 16, 18-20), Timothy Hughes (Chaplin, Broadway Bares 21), John Paul LaPorte (Broadway Bares 15-22) Patrick McCollum (Broadway Bares 16, 18-19), Peter Nelson (Cinderella, Broadway Bares 21-22), Daniel Robinson (Hairspray, Broadway Bares 17-19), Matthew Rossoff (Jesus Christ Superstar, Broadway Bares 18, 21) Billy Steeves (Broadway Bares 22), Dennis Stowe (Annie, Broadway Bares 9, 13-14, 16- 17, 19- 20) and Sheldon Tucker (Bring It On: The Musical, Broadway Bares 21-22).

Broadway Bares: Solo Strips will again be directed by Tony
Spinosa. Doors open one hour prior to the show. Reserved table seats
require an additional two-drink minimum.

Solo Strips is a return to the roots of Broadway Bares. In 1992, Jerry Mitchell, then a performer in The Will Rogers Follies,
organized a benefit burlesque show featuring himself and six friends
performing original strips at a bar for a $10 donation plus whatever
tips the audience gave the dancers. Mitchell, now a Tony Award-winning
director and choreographer, is executive producer of Broadway Bares,
which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Bares: Solo Strips is a sexy tease for Broadway Bares, one of BC/EFA’s annual signature events. This year’s racy, road trip-themed edition, Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America,
will feature 200 of New York’s most desirable dancers discovering – and
uncovering – amber waves and mountain majesties that only Broadway Bares
could find. This trip across the fruited plains of America will most
certainly be the stuff patriot dreams are made of. Special celebrity
guests will be announced at a later date.

Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America will be held Sunday, June 23 with two performances only at 9:30 pm & midnight at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Get tickets for Broadway Bares now.

The 2013 Bares season started in January with Broadway Bares: Winter Burlesque, which raised $35,428. The season continues with Solo Strips, then Broadway Bares: Fire Island on June 1 before concluding with Broadway Bares 23.

Meet this year’s Broadway Bares: Solo Strips dancers…..


Sneak Peak at New Yorks Broadway Bares 2013

From sea to shining sea, this year’s
Broadway Bares will crisscross the country in a racy, raucous road
trip, exploring the United States as the 23rd annual edition of the
immensely popular modern-day burlesque show arrives as Broadway Bares
23: United Strips of America.

This video offers an exclusive
behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway Bares photo shoot, hosted by this
year’s director, Nick Kenkel.

Produced by and benefiting
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Bares 23will arrive Sunday,
June 23, for two performances only — at 9:30 PM & Midnight — at
Roseland Ballroom in NYC.

In Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of
America, more than 200 of New York’s sexiest and most delectable
dancers will discover — and uncover — amber waves and mountain
majesties that only Broadway Bares could find. This trip across the
fruited plains of America will most certainly be the stuff patriot
dreams are made of. TICKETS ON SALE NOW.



    New York’s Center Dinner to honor DOMA Plaintiff Edie Windsor, April 11

    and supporters of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
    Community Center (the Center) will gather at Cipriani Wall Street on
    Thursday, April 11 to honor community leaders Edie Windsor, Terrence
    Meck and Neil Tallantire.
    Special guests Neil Patrick Harris and David
    will join the Center to recognize the remarkable work of these
    individuals, while helping the Center raise funds to support its
    life-changing and life-saving programs and services.

    accomplishments of all three honorees extend far beyond the
    organization: Edie Windsor, for her long-standing contributions and
    whose case went before the Supreme Court in late March to challenge the
    Defense of Marriage Act; Terrence Meck, Executive Director of the
    Palette Fund, which makes grants in support of queer youth, patient
    navigation, and nutrition and wellness; and Neil Tallantire, Senior Vice
    President, Diageo, for his leadership of Diageo’s philanthropic support
    of the LGBT community.

    “We’re fortunate this year to have such
    wonderful friends who stand up every day for fairness and equality for
    LGBT people,” said Glennda Testone, the Center’s Executive Director.
    “Years from now, history will remember Edie Windsor as a hero of the
    LGBT civil rights movement. Her long history with the Center and her
    contributions to the community overall inspired us not just to honor
    her, but also to name the award after Edie and her late wife Thea. From
    this year on, the Center will recognize outstanding activist individuals
    with the Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer Community Trailblazer Award.”

    Dinner Co-Chairs Timothy Chow and Greg Zaffiro join Testone and the
    Center’s Board of Directors in hosting the evening. The dinner will also
    celebrate two important milestones in the Center’s history: the 30th
    anniversary as the heart of the LGBT community in New York City, and the
    commencement of a transformational building enhancement project
    designed to expand on the vision of its founders and meet the needs of
    the community in the years to come. For more information on the Center’s
    renovation, visit

    WHO: Actor Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) and partner David Burtka; Windsor v. United States plaintiff Edith “Edie” Windsor; financial guru Suze Orman (“The Suze Show”); MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts; Broadway star Nick Adams; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center Executive Director Glennda Testone; and Event Co-Chairs Timothy Chow and Greg Zaffiro.

    WHAT: The Center Dinner, an annual gala fundraiser to support the Center’s vital programs and services

    WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 2013

    6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception/Silent Auction
    7:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards
    Cocktail Chic Attire

    WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street
    55 Wall Street
    New York, NY

    How to Purchase Tickets: Tickets are available at; tickets start at $500. 


    Anderson Cooper Honored in New York March 16, by GLAAD

    Anderson Cooper will be honored by GLAAD with Vito Russo Award, on March 16th, in New York City. 

    GLAAD  SAYS …Anderson Cooper has long been an advocate for the LGBT community. His
    wide range of subjects includes the bullying of LGBT youth, families
    supporting their transgender children, and the dangers of the so-called
    “ex-gay conversion therapy.” For his coverage of issues relevant to the
    LGBT community, Anderson Cooper has received seven GLAAD Media Award
    nominations, and has been awarded the trophy three times.

    sharing his own experiences as a gay man, Anderson has reminded millions
    of Americans that LGBT people are part of their everyday lives and an
    integral part of our cultural fabric,” said GLAAD President Herndon
    Graddick. “He continues to raise the bar and set a new standard for
    journalists everywhere, and I’m proud to call him a friend.”

    GLAAD’s  24th Gala in New York takes place March 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

    The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual
    or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference
    in promoting equality. Previous honorees include Ricky Martin, Rosie
    O’Donnell, and Elton John. The Award takes its name from legendary
    HIV/AIDS activist Vito Russo, who was also one of GLAAD’s founders.

    Good Morning America anchors Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott, and
    Sam Champion will host the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, presented
    locally by Delta Air Lines. The GLAAD Media Awards are presented
    nationally by Ketel One and Wells Fargo.  

    For ticket information visit:


    Broadway stars Nick Adams, Ashley Brown, Jessica Rush and Michael James Scott at XL March 11

    Broadway stars Nick Adams, Ashley Brown, Jessica Rush and Michael James Scott will appear in a special one night only benefit production of Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD on Monday, March 11 at 7PM at XL Cabaret (512 West 42nd St).  Directed by two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun, a portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to The Performing Arts Project. Nick Adams says, “To be able to give back to the next generation of artists is something I’m grateful to be a part of.”

    Jason Robert Brown’s SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is a
    series of songs, connected by the theme “the moment of decision.” The
    show employs four performers who do not play the same characters
    throughout the show, but have consistently developing character arcs.
    Composer Jason Robert Brown has said of his show, “It’s
    about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a
    choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.”

    Space is limited as its an intimate venue!  GET  TICKETS  NOW!


    Live Out Loud Kinky Boots and Harvey Fierstein March 20

     MARCH 20th!

    Join LIVE OUT LOUD for an exhilarating night at the theater benefiting Live Out Loud’s educational programs for LGBTQ youth!

    Kinky Boots is an uplifting show featuring music by Cyndi Lauper, book by Harvey Fierstein, and choreography by Jerry Mitchell

    Writer Harvey Fierstein and Kinky Boots actors will participate in a talkback after the show!

    from these premium tickets will benefit Live Out Loud’s educational
    programs that connect LGBTQ youth with LGBT role models.


    Tickets are limited and will sell out soon! Click here to buy your tickets now!


    Price: $150
    Seating: Orchestra
    Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
    Time: 8:00 PM

    Location: The Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th Street, New York, NY


    Broadway Bares Winter Burlesque at XL


     Is that poster stunning, or what??

    Sunday, January 27th,  shows at 9 &  11pm, Broadway Bares presents its Winter Burlesque show.
    This steamy theatrical striptease is sure to warm up the audience and
    benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

    More than 25 of Broadway Bares’ hottest dancers bringing you a striptease spectacular sure to cure the winter blues.       

    XL Nightclub 
    512 w. 42nd street   

    Doors will open at 8 pm for the 9 pm show.
    Doors will open at 10:30 pm for the 11 pm show.

    Reserved Table Seating for the 9 pm show is SOLD OUT.


    Sunday, June 23, 9:30 pm & Midnight
    Roseland Ballroom
    239 West 52nd Street, NYC


    New Yorks Gay Youth Center Gets Grant

     GREAT NEWS!  


    The Ali Forney Center (AFC) – the nation’s largest services and advocacy organization working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) runaway and homeless youth – is excited to announce that it has received a grant from the Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation. 

    The grant will go to fund a new Host Home Program, modeled after programs successfully
    implemented in other cities including Minneapolis and Chicago. In the program, adults will open their homes for up to one year to a limited number of the AFC’s youth, offering young people a chance to live day-to-day as part of a stable, LGBTQ-supportive household. Given a severe shortage of shelter beds in New York, the program has the potential to make a significant impact.

    The AFC has been researching a Host Home Program for over two years,
    visiting other organizations that have implemented such programs –
    including Minneapolis’ Avenues for Youth and Chicago’s uCan – to learn
    from their experiences and prepare to implement a counterpart in NYC.
    The pilot version of the program will introduce one full-time Host Home
    Coordinator who will lead implementation and community development. The
    program offers NYC residents the opportunity to open their homes and
    host a homeless LGBTQ youth for a period of up to one year. Both Host
    Home Providers and youth will be supported through the program, which
    will include training, counseling, and targeted goals. The AFC is
    looking to explore partnerships with community organizations, including
    the Brooklyn Community Pride Center and the LGBT Community Center in
    Manhattan. Individuals will be screened to ensure they meet the
    program’s eligibility criteria. Similarly, AFC’s care team will screen
    and offer specialized support to youth who enroll in the program, as
    participation is entirely voluntary.

    Said Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center: “With such
    a terrible dearth of shelter beds available for the estimated 1800
    homeless LGBT youth on the streets of New York each night, every bed is
    of vital importance. I am incredibly grateful to the MacFarlane
    Foundation for their generosity, which will allow loving adults to open
    their homes to our youth, many of whom lack any kind of family support.”

    Said Jessica MacFarlane of the MacFarlane Foundation: “The MacFarlane
    Foundation is thrilled to contribute to the Ali Forney Center’s Host
    Home Program. The Ali Forney Center is a leader in serving homeless
    LGBTQ youth, and they set a standard for other organizations to aspire
    to. This program will bridge the gap between the current housing offered
    by the Ali Forney Center and young clients’ living independently. The
    Foundation feels strongly about the importance of supporting the LGBTQ
    community and is pleased to support the Ali Forney Center.”

    The MacFarlane Foundation has issued its grant in order to help AFC pilot
    the Host Home Program to determine the program’s viability. The pilot
    will also allow AFC the opportunity to secure greater funding for the
    continuation of the program. This is the second new program AFC will be
    introducing in 2013. In the coming months AFC will expand the operation
    of its Drop-In Center in Harlem to offer 24/7 programming, the first of
    its kind in the nation for homeless LGBTQ youth.  

    About the Ali Forney Center

    The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was started in June of 2002 in response to the
    lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. The Center is
    committed to providing these young people with safe, dignified,
    nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can
    begin to put their lives back together. AFC is dedicated to promoting
    awareness of the plight of homeless LGBT youth in the United States with
    the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from
    government funders, foundations, and the LGBT community. For more
    information, see

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    UNDERWORLD VI: Broadway Understudies & MTWorkers DEC 10th


    DECEMBER 10, 2012 
     MTWorks is pleased to announce UNDERWORLD VI: Broadway Understudies & MTWorkers will be held Monday, December 10th at 7pm at The Triad NYC (158 West 72nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam).
     Nick Cearley (All Shook Up, And Then I Wrote a Song About It) from the duo The Skivvies returns to host, joined by Katrina Yaukey (War Horse, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Company, Cabaret).
    The annual benefit event headlines Broadway understudies performing their favorite songs and sharing their most intimate career changing stories. 
    This year under the musical direction of Mat Eisenstein (Newsies), the skillful Broadway performers will take the stage with MTWorks’ very own troop of seasoned actors from previous main stage shows. This year the theme is performing songs that didn’t quite “make the cut” on Broadway. 
     “What a show. All of them, the young and the not-so, all with stars in their eyes. But then, their audience was equally afflicted. It was worth it. Had a couple of stars in my own eyes”- Gene Paul, Theater Scene
    UNDERWORLD VI will include Broadway understudies Nick Cartell (Scandalous, Jesus Christ Superstar), Elizabeth DeRosa (Mary Poppins), KJ Hippensteel (The Book of Mormon), Amanda Lea LaVergne (Annie, Grease) and Billie Wildrick (Scandalous). With MTWorkers Carol Hickey (Barrier Island), Heather Massie (Flashbacks), Maureen O’Boyle (The Oath, Good Lonely People), David Stallings (A Home Across the Ocean), and Susan Wallack (Good Lonely People). 
     All proceeds from Underworld VI go to funding MTWorks current 2012-13 Season, which includes the 2013 National NewBorn Festival (February 2013 at the City College of New York) and a new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, adapted and directed by Glory Kadigan (March 2013 at the WorkShop Theater). 
     All tickets are $20 (+2 drink minimum, cash bar) and are available online at Tickets may also be purchased in-person at The Triad NYC half hour prior to Showtime, cash only. 
     Fore more information visit You can also visit for driving/subway information.

    Fire Island HALF SHARE show to Benefit Ali Forney Center

    Half-Share:  The Cocktail is always Half-Full!  AND NOW IT’S FREE!

     Misfit Boys Entertainment, LLC is thrilled to announce the worldwide premiere of a hilarious new gay comedy series, Half-Share, with 50% of profits to benefit the Ali Forney Center affected by hurricane Sandy.

    Try to imagine The Golden Girls summering on Fantasy Island if it were run by Patsy & Edina!  Then watch it for free!  Half-Share is a 30-minute sitcom shot on location in Fire Island Pines featuring an all-star cast of fabulous gay comics including Alec Mapa, Jack Plotnick, Jesse Archer and Sam Pancake!

    Hot on the heels of film festival success spanning three continents, Half-Share will debut its FREE worldwide streaming premiere at 10pm EST/7pm PST on Tuesday November 20th at &  

    Half-Share is also available immediately on Amazon Instant Video to rent ($1.99) or buy ($4.99 Instant/$14.99 DVD,

    Through December 31st, 50% of all net profits on DVD and Amazon Instant Video sales will be donated to the Ali Forney Center in NYC
    which provides homeless LGBT youth with shelter, food, and counseling.
     Sandy left their offices underwater and they are in desperate need of
    donations to continue their important work (