The executive director of a soup kitchen. A drag queen with a heavy charitable focus. An organization that is marking an anniversary of bringing a GLBT festival to the community. An openly gay mayor of one of Connecticut’s largest cities.
Each year, the New Haven Pride Center’s Dorothy Awards introduces honorees that are incredibly diverse, just like the community to which it belongs. But this year, the event’s ninth, may be the most diverse yet.
The event, hosted once again by Pride Center Founding Member Frank DeMayo, is a black-tie optional gala that includes dinner, dancing, silent auction and, of course, recognition of this year’s honorees. it will take place on Saturday, March 3 starting at 6 p.m.
Being honored this year are:
This year, the Pride Center is also recognizing 10 state legislators who co-sponsored a bill last year adding protections for gender identity and expression into state law, legally protecting the transgender community. Gov. Dannel Malloy signed the legislation into law in July; Connecticut was the 15th state to grant such protections. The legislators being honored are:
The event will also see a special performance by the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut, a 2010 Dorothy Awards recipient and a Diamond Sponsor of this year’s event. Metroline is an Emerald Sponsor. The evening’s music will be provided by Deborah Wang and the Fullsound Band.
This year’s event will take place once again at Fantasia, located at 404 Washington Avenue in North Haven. Tickets are $100 each, but an early bird price of $75 per ticket is a available for those who purchase their tickets before Feb. 1. Additional discounts are available for members of the Pride Center and for students.
For more information about the event or to order tickets, visit www.dorothyawards.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.