A Celebration of Courage: 2007 Introduction

A Celebration of Courage is the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)'s signature bicoastal fundraising event honoring human rights activists, held annually in San Francisco and New York City.

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Manhattan Penthouse
80 Fifth Avenue (at 14th St.)

Master of Ceremonies - Lisa Kron
Tony nominated actress and writer of the acclaimed Broadway play, Well

Honorary Chairperson - Suvir Saran
Suvir is a New Delhi-born chef, teacher and cookbook author.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2007

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Clift Hotel
495 Geary Street

Master of Ceremonies - Jewelle Gomez
Writer and activist and author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories.

Honorary Chairperson - Kavita N. Ramdas
Kavita is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Fund for Women.

Felipa de Souza Award

The Felipa de Souza Award is presented to courageous individuals and organizations working for the fundamental human rights of all people since 1994, the award is designed to bring about public recognition to grassroots activists in their struggle for human rights and offers a $5,000 stipend.

Blue Diamond Society (Nepal)

The Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal's only organization for sexual minorities, was founded in 2001. In June 2004, in response to increasing incidents of police brutality against LGBT people, BDS organized the first public demonstration to support human rights for sexual minorities. Two months later, in another incident, Nepalese police arrested and jailed 39 LGBT activists. Immediately afterward, BDS spearheaded a national and international campaign to secure the release of the detainees.

Sponsor Levels

  • Lead Sponsor ($25,000+)
  • Presenting Sponsor ($10,000 to $24,999)
  • Underwriting Sponsor ($5,000 to $9,999)
  • Benefactor Sponsor ($2,500 to $4,999)
  • Supporting Sponsor ($1,000 to $2,499)
  • Advocate Sponsor ($500 to $999)
  • Friend Sponsor ($250 to $499)

Tickets are $125 per person for the cocktail reception and awards presentation


Please direct all IGLHRC press inquiries to Hossein Alizadeh, IGLHRC’s Communications Coordinator, at 212.430.6016 or halizadeh@iglhrc.org.

For more information about A Celebration of Courage 2007, please call the Development Department at 212-430-6054 or events@iglhrc.org