A Celebration of Courage 2010

Join us and our host Bebe Zahara Benet to honor those making a significant, lasting, and often heroic impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people worldwide.


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Felipa de Souza Award: Colombia Diversa: Colombian LGBT organization

Based in Bogotá, Colombia Diversa is an organization dedicated to securing LGBT human rights in Colombia. Working through a variety of political, social, cultural and political channels to improve the lives of LGBT individuals, Colombia Diversa has published reports and training materials for journalists, teachers, and government officials; created an online LGBT community; and implemented wide-ranging advocacy campaigns to achieve legislative change. Among Colombia Diversa's significant achievements are: the successful 2007 campaign, with the University of Los Andes, to recognize the marriage rights of same-sex couples by the Colombian Constitutional Court and the establishment of the first community center for LGBT people in Latin America in partnership with PROFAMILIA and Theatron.

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OUTSPOKEN Award: Michel Sidibe: Executive Director, UNAIDS
Michel Sidibé is the Executive Director of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Mr. Sidibé has spent more than 25 years in public service and began his career in global health and development in his native Mali. In 2001, Mr. Sidibé became the Director of Country and Regional support department for UNAIDS and in 2007 its Deputy Executive Director of Programmes and an Assistant Secretary-General of the UN. Under Sidibé's leadership UNAIDS has taken a leading role in challenging the criminalization of consensual adult same-sex sexual behavior and has called on all nations to remove laws and policies that discriminate against LGBT people and those affected by HIV/AIDS. For Sidibé, eliminating the stigma and discrimination faced by LGBT people is one of the necessary steps toward ending the AIDS crisis.

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Special Recognition Award: Barney Frank: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Barney Frank has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1981 and is one of Washington's most influential politicians as the chair of the powerful House Financial Services Committee. A supporter of IGLHRC's work from its inception, in 1992 Rep. Frank traveled to Russia to protest that country's sodomy law, which was subsequently repealed. For the last three decades, he has sponsored legislation and policies to improve the lives of LGBT people worldwide.


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BeBe Zahara Benet: Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 1)
BeBe Zahara Benet was recognized recently for her unique appearance on Rupaul's Drag Race. BeBe delights audiences across the United States by bringing a strong, bold, beautiful and entertaining character that honors and respects the feminine persona. As a recording artist, BeBe brings to the scene an eclectic sound that pulls from her roots in West Africa and merges them with traditional house, dance and pop standards.

Hors d'oeuvres, wine & beer · Silent Auction

New York

March 15, 2010, 6:00-8:30 pm
Rosenthal Penthouse, NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square South

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Performance by Staceyann Chin
Staceyann Chin, a Jamaican national residing in New York, has been an "out poet and political activist" since 1998. From the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows off-Broadway to poetry workshops in Denmark and London to co-writer and performer in the Tony-nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of things she has done to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence.

San Francisco

March 18, 2010, 6:00-8:30 pm
W Hotel
181 Third Street, San Francisco

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Performance by Amikaeyla Gaston
Proclaimed as one of the "purest contemporary voices" by National Public Radio, Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston embraces the best of many types of music. While the dazzling vocalist from the Washington, DC area draws on a dizzying array of influences – from bel canto to funk – her sensibility is pure jazz. Growing up in the Midwest and the South, she honors her lineage of African, Native American, Haitian and Cuban heritage by artfully weaving elements of each of these into her artistic designs.


George Ayala & Tri D. Do · Casey Atkins & Molly Brown · Al Ballesteros · Amie Bishop & Renee Holt · Linda Blackmore · Ally Bolour · Mark Bromley & David Salie · Margaret Cho · Michael Conway · Donna Daniels & Maia Ettinger · Julie Dorf, Jenni Olson, Sylvie Olson-Dorf & Hazel Olson-Dorf · Roger Doughty · Paula Ettelbrick · Jim Freeman · Susana Fried & Debra Liebowitz · Dipti Ghosh & Meggy Gotuaco · Dr. Marjorie Hill · Sel J. Hwahng · Bartholomew Ianantuoni · Surina Khan & Jennifer Terry · Scott King · Larry Kramer · Gara LaMarche · Tim Lane · Todd Larson Daniel Lee · Wendy Levy · Pamela Merchant & Kirby Sack · Jeffrey O'Malley · Roy Potts · Runa Saeki & Sharon Brooks · Dorothy Sander · Houman Sarshar · Marc Sokol · Lesley Weaver · Josh Wood


Lead Sponsor

Fred Eychaner

Underwriting Sponsor

Dorothy Sander

Benefactor Sponsors

Alvin Baum · Todd Larson · Runa Saeki & Sharon Brooks · Lois Whitman

Supporting Sponsors

Paul F. Albert · Al Ballesteros · Juan Battle & Michael Bennett · Ally Bolour · Sel J. Hwahng · Janice Kam & Hyeon Lee · Pamela Merchant & Kirby Sack · Houman Sarshar

Advocate Sponsors

Mark Black & Glen Leiner · Bob Dockendorff · Paula Ettelbrick · Frederick Hertz & Randolph Langenbach · M. Elaine Johnston · Tim Lane · Alberto Martin & Jerry Popolis · David Priest & Eric Hefstead · Paul Sack & Shirley Davis · Robert Smolin · Jeff Soukup & Jeff Anderson

Friend Sponsors

Bruce Cohen · Julie Dorf & Jenni Olson · Victor & Lorraine Honig · Richard Isay & Gordon Harrell · Sydney Levy · Wendy Levy · Roy Potts · Cris Stephen