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2024 Celebration of Courage

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Type

In-Person

Celebration of Courage is Outright International’s annual awards and gala. It is an evening of inspiration and community in support of human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere. Celebration of Courage highlights Outright’s achievements and elevates and advances activists and our allies leading the charge to gain equal rights for LGBTIQ people in their countries and around the world.

Outright’s 28th annual Celebration of Courage will take place in New York City at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers on Monday, June 3, 2024, from 6:00 to 10:30 pm ET.

Program

Outright’s Celebration of Courage audience attracts LGBTIQ individuals and allies who care about rights and equality. Celebration of Courage welcomes some of the best and the brightest from the civil society, media, politics, business, and finance sectors. These stakeholders are Outright’s top-level supporters and who are among the world’s and New York City’s most influential philanthropists, industry, and civic leaders. Many guests have international connections and are deeply attuned to world affairs.

Guests of Outright’s Celebration of Courage will join a Welcome Reception at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York City, on a glass-enclosed terrace with an outdoor veranda access overlooking the Hudson River and enjoy a panoramic view of the Garden State, enjoying a picturesque summer sunset. During the Welcome Reception, guests will be able to network and bid online via mobile device on items featured in the event’s Silent Auction.

Transitioning into the Dinner & Program sections of the evening, guests exit the outdoor veranda and enter the dining room. Outright Board Directors and staff will welcome guests to dinner. Following dinner, Outright will present the recipients of the Felipa de Souza Award, the Outstanding Award and the Outspoken Award. In the spirit of giving, during this time, guests will also be invited to participate in a Live Auction and Paddle Raise to raise critical support for Outright’s lifesaving work. Following dinner and the awards, guests will be invited to attend a Closing Reception.

Event Schedule (PM, ET)
  • 6:00 to 7:00: Welcome Reception, Silent Auction (indoor and outdoor, weather permitting)
  • 7:00 to 9:00: Seated Dinner, Program, Live Auction and Live Ask (indoor)
  • 9:00 to 10:30: Closing Reception, Silent Auction (indoor and outdoor, weather permitting)

 

Host Committee

Maria Sjödin NY, USA · Roxanna Carrillo NY, USA · Gigi Chao Hong Kong · Louise Chernin WA, USA · Martin Dunn NY, USA · Cynthia Alison Fortlage London, UK · John Heilman CA, USA · Jeff Holland London, UK · Fabrice Houdart NY, USA · Hosh Ibrahim London, UK · Micheal Ighodaro DC, USA · Lanaya Irvin NY, USA · Selam Kebrom DC, USA · Camille Massey NY, USA · Jeff Natter WA, USA · Pedro Pina London, UK · Jennifer C. Pizer CA, USA · Suzanne Rotondo PA, USA · Russell Roybal CA, USA · Suki Sandhu OBE London, UK · Aalap Shah NY, USA · Kathy Teo Singapore · Elliot Vaughn London, UK

 

Awards

  • The Felipa de Souza Award recognizes the courage and activism of grassroots groups and individuals to survive and thrive in the face of incredible odds and tremendous challenges.
  • The Outspoken Award recognizes LGBTIQ groups or individuals, and allies, that contribute to advanced awareness and equality for LGBTIQ people.
  • The Outstanding Award pays tribute to special individuals, companies, and/or organizations who have significantly advanced human rights for LGBTIQ people.

 

2024 Honorees

Felipa de Souza Award: Mitini Nepal

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Mitini Nepal (MN) was established in 2006 with a vision to build a peaceful, prosperous society where sexual and gender minorities’ communities can live with self-esteem and dignity while enjoying human rights without any discrimination, violence, assault, and fear. It was established by the Nepalese lesbian couple, Laxmi Ghalan & Meera Bajracharya, in 2002 when homosexuality was not decriminalized. The core function of Mitini Nepal is to bring awareness to the general public through rights-based advocacy within a traditional society to the general public by positively changing attitudes toward gender and sexual minorities.

Outstanding Award: Adobe Foundation

 

The Adobe Foundation creates positive change through support for creative and digital literacy, social equity and opportunity, and active engagement in the communities where we live and work. The Adobe Foundation is a private foundation created and funded by Adobe Inc.

Special Guests

Laxmi Ghalan (they/them),

Founder and President of Mitini Nepal

Sarita K.C. (she/her),

Executive Director of Mitini Nepal

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Amy White (she/her),

Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Adobe & Executive Director, Adobe Foundation

Questions about Celebration of Courage? Please contact:

Chandler Bazemore (he/him)
Senior Development Manager
Outright International
216 East 45th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10017  USA
Office: +1 (212) 430-6057
Email: CBazemore@OutrightInternational.org

Sponsorship

 

Levels

Diamond: $100,000 | Platinum: $50,000 | Gold: $30,000 | Silver: $25,000 | Bronze: $10,000 | Copper: $5,000 

 

    Diamond
    Platinium
    Gold
    Silver
    Bronze
    Copper

    Sponsorship Levels (USD)

    Diamond: $100,000 | Platinum: $50,000 | Gold: $30,000 | Silver: $25,000 | Bronze: $10,000 | Copper: $5,000

     

     Sponsorship Benefits 

    For more information on how to sponsor Celebration of Courage, please contact:

    Elise Colomer-Cheadle (she/her)
    Director of Development
    Outright International
    216 East 45th Street, 17th Floor
    New York, NY 10017  USA
    Mobile: +1 (917) 225-1288
    Email: EColomer@OutrightInternational.org

    Tables

      Become a TABLE CAPTAIN of Celebration of Courage

      Table Captain Levels (USD) - Diplomat: $25,000 | Ambassador: $10,000 | Attaché: $6,500

      *The non-tax-deductible portion of each ticket is $310 per ticket. 

      Table Captains

      • Michelle Blankenship
      • Martin Dunn
      • John Heilman
      • Kevin Jennings & Thomas Fitzgerald  
      • Suzanne Rotondo
      • Russell Roybal
      • Suki Sandhu

       

      To become a table captain, please contact our Senior Development Manager Chandler Bazemore (he/him).

      Diplomat $25,000

       

      Benefit
      Description
       
      Diplomat $25,000
      Hospitality

      All-inclusive tickets

       

      One (1) UVIP table, 10 tickets

       

      Placement for dinner

       

      Yes, Premiere

       

      Premium wine or champagne at table 

       

      Yes

       

      Access to VIP cocktail reception 

       

      Yes

       

      Partial sponsorship of advocate table 

       

      Yes

      Advertising & Promotion

      Onstage acknowledgment during the event 

       

      Yes

       

      Name on event e-invitations; event website

       

      Yes, Premiere placement 

       

      Name on event signage 

       

      Yes, Premiere placement 

       

      Name on event program/menu (Commitment deadline: April 30, 2024, 11:59pm ET) 

       

      Yes, Premiere placement 

       

      Name inclusion in on-screen slide at event (Commitment deadline: May 15, 2024, 11:59pm ET) 

       

      Yes, Premium placement

       

      Acknowledgment as event Table Captain on social media (LI, FB, Twitter, Insta) 

       

      Pre- and post-event posts (1, Premiere placement, all platforms)

       

      Listing on Outright’s event web page as event Table Captain

       

      Yes

       

      Listing in Outright’s 2024 Annual Report as a Supporter (level commensurate with total giving) 

       

      Yes

      Ambassador $10,000

       

      Benefit
      Description
       
      Ambassador $10,000
      Hospitality

      All-inclusive tickets

       

      One (1) UVIP table, 10 tickets

       

      Placement for dinner

       

      Yes, Prominent

       

      Premium wine or champagne at table 

       

      Yes

       

      Access to VIP cocktail reception 

       

      Yes

       

      Partial sponsorship of advocate table 

       

      Yes

      Advertising & Promotion

      Onstage acknowledgment during the event 

       

      Yes

       

      Name on event e-invitations; event website

       

      Yes, Prominent placement 

       

      Name on event signage 

       

      Yes, Prominent placement 

       

      Name on event program/menu (Commitment deadline: April 30, 2024, 11:59pm ET) 

       

      No

       

      Name inclusion in on-screen slide at event (Commitment deadline: May 15, 2024, 11:59pm ET) 

       

      Yes, Prominent placement

       

      Acknowledgment as event Table Captain on social media (LI, FB, Twitter, Insta) 

       

      Pre- and post-event posts (1, Prominent placement, all platforms)

       

      Listing on Outright’s event web page as event Table Captain

       

      Yes

       

      Listing in Outright’s 2024 Annual Report as a Supporter (level commensurate with total giving) 

       

      Yes

      Attaché $6,500

       

      Benefit
      Description
       
      Attaché $6,500
      Hospitality

      All-inclusive tickets

       

      One (1) table, 10 tickets

       

      Placement for dinner

       

      Yes

       

      Premium wine or champagne at table 

       

      No

       

      Access to VIP cocktail reception 

       

      Yes

       

      Partial sponsorship of advocate table 

       

      No

      Advertising & Promotion

      Onstage acknowledgment during the event 

       

      Yes

       

      Name on event e-invitations; event website

       

      Yes

       

      Name on event signage 

       

      Yes

       

      Name on event program/menu (Commitment deadline: April 30, 2024, 11:59pm ET) 

       

      No

       

      Name inclusion in on-screen slide at event (Commitment deadline: May 15, 2024, 11:59pm ET) 

       

      Yes

       

      Acknowledgment as event Table Captain on social media (LI, FB, Twitter, Insta) 

       

      Pre- and post-event posts (1, LI, FB)

       

      Listing on Outright’s event web page as event Table Captain

       

      Yes

       

      Listing in Outright’s 2024 Annual Report as a Supporter (level commensurate with total giving) 

       

      Yes

      Auction

      A charity auction is a fundraising event in which guests bid to win auction items and packages. The highest bid wins the item, and the host charity receives the proceeds. Auction item donors may receive a charitable deduction for the item donated (check with your accountant), and the branding benefits listed below. Outright reserves the discretion to place items in either auction.

        Outright’s Celebration of Courage Live and Silent Auctions are highly anticipated annual activations. The Live Auction is run at the event during dinner by a renown auctioneer. The silent auction is hosted online on Givergy.

        Hundreds of guests will interact with your corporate brand and item onsite, and thousands of stakeholders will see your brand and item via digital promotions through the event’s multichannel marketing campaign (web, social media, email, event digital program, auction item catalogue, blog). We invite you to participate in the Celebration of Courage Live and Silent Auctions:

        • To qualify for placement in the Live Auction, item must have a fair market value of $5,000 or higher
        • To qualify for the Silent Auction, item must have a fair market value of $350 to $4,999
        • Outright reserves the discretion to place items in either auction

        To be announced soon.

        • Balenciaga
        • Care With Pride
        • Cedar Lakes Estate
        • Critical Role Foundation
        • Eargasm
        • Kohen Educational Services
        • MillerKnoll
        • Ooni

        More to come!

         

        AUCTION DONOR BENEFITS

        • Brand and product visibility with 500+ tastemakers at the event through stage presentation, event signage, and auction station signage, and platform
        • Name and/or logo inclusion in event promotions, including final invitation, via email, social media 
        • Listing on Celebration of Courage event web page, Auction page
        • Full-screen ad at the event, Auction section (Commitment deadline: April 15, 2024, 11:59pm ET; artwork deadline: April 30) 
        • Listing in the 2024 Outright Annual Report as Supporter (at a level commensurate with the item’s market value or cumulative giving)

        Questions about participating in Celebration of Courage auctions? Please contact:

        Andrew Schlager (he/him)
        Corporate and Development Associate
        Outright International
        216 East 45th Street, 17th Floor
        New York, NY 10017  USA
        Office: +1 (212) 430-6057
        Email: ASchlager@OutrightInternational.org

        Unable to attend Celebration of Courage? Make a donation.

        PLEASE SUPPORT OUTRIGHT WITH A DONATION to accelerate our work around the world! Donations are 100% tax-deductible in accordance with US IRS regulations. If your institution provides matches, you may be able to double or triple your impact!

        Questions about donating to Outright? Please contact: 

        Cäcille Ealy (she/her)
        Development Officer
        Outright International
        216 East 45th Street, 17th Floor
        New York, NY 10017  USA
        Office: +1 (212) 430-6057
        Email: CEaly@OutrightInternational.org

         

        Information and FAQs

          • 1994 Felipa de Souza Award, Juan Pablo Ordoñez, Colombia; ABIGALE, South Africa; Lepa Mladjenovic, Belgrade
          • 1995 Felipa de Souza Award, The Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Group (TGLRC), Australia; Anjaree, Thailand; Luiz Mott, Brazil
          • 1996 No Presentation
          • 1997 Felipa de Souza Award, Demet Demir, Turkey; Genc Xhelaj, Albania; The Sister Namibia Collective, Namibia; Wilfredo Valencia Palacios, El Salvador (Honorable Mention)
          • 1998 Felipa de Souza Award, Ciculo Cultural Gay (CCG), Mexico; Dr. Tal Jarus-Hakak, Israel; Dédé Oetomo, Indonesia; Nancy Cárdenas (1934-1994), Mexico (Honorary Posthumous Award); Carlos Jáuregui (1958-1996), Argentina (Honorary Posthumous Award)
          • 1999 Felipa de Souza Award, Aung Myo Min, Burma; Prudence Mabele, South Africa; Kiri Kiri and Chingu Sai, Korea; Simon Nkoli (1957-1996), South Africa (Honorary Posthumous Award)
          • 2000 Felipa de Souza Award, Dejan Nebrigic (1970-1999), Serbia (Honorary Posthumous Award); Ditshwanelo - The Botswana Centre for Human Rights, Botswana;
Intersex Society of North America (ISNA), USA; William Hernandez, El Salvador
          • 2001 Felipa de Souza Award, Companions on a Journey and Women’s Support Group, Sri Lanka; Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, Jamaica; All-Sexuals and Gays, Jamaica; Luis Gauthier (1950-2000), Chile (Honorary Posthumous Award)
          • 2002 Felipa de Souza Award, Elizabeth Calvet, Brazil (Honorary Posthumous Award); Marta Lucia Tamayo Rincon, Marta Lucia Alvarez Giraldo and Alba Nelly Montoya, Colombia; Cui Zi En, Chian Maher Sabry, Egypt
          • 2003 Felipa de Souza Award, Lohana Berkins, Argentina
          • 2004 Felipa de Souza Award, Gender/Sexuality Rights Association of Taiwan
          • 2005 Felipa de Souza Award, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ); OutSpoken Award: The Honorable Mary Robinson, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and 7th President of Ireland; Special Recognition Award: Julie Dorf, Founder, OutRight Action International, USA
          • 2006 Felipa de Souza Award, Rauda Morcos, Palestine; Special Recognition Award, Andrew Tobias, USA, Paul Albert, USA
          • 2007 Felipa de Souza Award, Blue Diamond Society, Nepal
          • 2008 Felipa de Souza Award, Iranian Queer Organization, Iran; Andres Ignacio Rivera Duarte, Chile; OutSpoken Award, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa;
Special Recognition Award, IBM Corporation, USA
          • 2009 Felipa de Souza Award, Helem, USA;
Special Recognition Award, Microsoft, USA
          • 2010 Felipa de Souza Award, Colombia Diversa, Colombia; OutSpoken Award, Michel Sidibé, Former UNAIDS Executive Director, Mali; Special Recognition Award, Representative Barney Frank, USA
          • 2011 Felipa de Souza Award, The LGBT Centre Mongolia; Special Recognition Award, Jeff Sharlet, USA
          • 2012 Felipa de Souza Award, Judge Karan Atala, Chile; Special Recognition Award, Senator Tammy Baldwin, USA
          • 2013 Felipa de Souza Award, Yasemin Oz, Esq., Turkey; OutSpoken Award, Dr. Binnaz Toprak, Turkey; Special Recognition Award, Dorothy Sander, USA
          • 2014 Felipa de Souza Award, Gay Japan News, Japan; KRYSS, Malaysia; O, Pakistan; Rainbow Rights, Philippines; Women’s Support Group, Sri Lanka; Special Recognition Award, Todd Larson, Former Senior LGBT Coordinator, USAID, USA
          • 2015 Felipa de Souza Award, Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Zimbabwe
          • 2016 Felipa de Souza Award, Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India
          • 2017 Felipa de Souza Award, Caleb Orozco, Belize; OutSpoken Award, Logo TV, USA; Special Recognition Award, Blanche Wiesen Cook, USA
          • 2018 Felipa de Souza Award, Georges Azzi, ADE Executive Director, Lebanon; OutStanding Award, Lois Whitman, USA
          • 2019 Felipa de Souza Award, Rikki Nathanson, USA; OutStanding Award, Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak, USA;
OutSpoken Award, Cast & Crew of Transparent, USA
          • 2020-2021 No Presentation
          • 2022 Felipa de Souza Award, Gloria Careaga, Feminist Lesbian & Academic Activist;  OutSpoken Award, Brent Miller, Senior Director, Global LGBTIQ+ Equality at P&G; Outstanding Award, Nadya Tolokonnikova, Artist & Activist, Co-Founder of Pussy Riot, UkraineDAO & UnicornDAO 
          • 2023 Felipa de Souza Award, Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE); Outspoken Award, Queer Cast of the Paramount+ Original Series Star Trek: Discovery; Outstanding Award, Google.org

            Location

            • Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers (between 19th & 20th Streets) New York, NY 10011 U.S.A. (MAP)

            Directions

            • Subway: A/C/E/F trains (blue line): 23rd Street stop · 1/2 trains (red line): 18th Street stop
            • Bus Routes: M23 – West 23rd Street & 11th Avenue stop 
            • Parking: North River Parking Garage 

             

            Forthcoming

            Each ticket holder understands and agrees that all tickets purchased are final sale and are not eligible for return, exchange, or transfer. The The event will occur rain or shine but in the rare event that the CDC and or New York State prohibits the event because of extremely severe weather, or if an event is postponed due to changes within local and state orders, you will be contacted with an exchange date(s) for the event. Outright will not issue any refunds for health-related concerns, inclement weather, etc., but will work with each individual or institution to identify mutually agreed upon benefits and/or, in unique circumstances left to Outright’s discretion, credits of equal value.

            In the event of a canceled event, Outright will issue a refund of the ticket price paid upon request of the ticket purchaser. In no event will delivery charges or any other amounts be refunded. If a refund is issued, it will be issued using the same method of payment that was used to purchase the tickets. Outright will not be liable for travel or any other expenses incurred by the ticket purchaser or anyone else in connection with a canceled or postponed event.

            Outright reserves the right, without refund of any amount paid, to refuse admission to, or eject, any person whose conduct management deems disorderly, who uses vulgar or abusive language and/or who fails to comply with venue rules. Breach of terms or rules will terminate your license to attend the event without refund. A ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the ticket’s face amount. A ticket is not redeemable for cash.

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