May 14 - Media Invitation to Exclusive LGBTIQ Gala

 27 April 2018

Media contact: Rashima Kwatra 917-859-7555

Celebration of Courage ’18,
LGBTIQ Gala at Chelsea Piers

Hosted by Karamo Brown,
from Netflix’s Queer Eye

Media RSVP / Registration requested by 11 May 2017.

Individual Interviews available upon request to

Celebration of Courage 2018, the annual celebration sponsored by Outright Action International honoring courageous LGBTIQ human rights defenders.

Host:  Karamo Brown - Actor, Activist, and Culture Expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye


  • Felipa De Souza Awardee: Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFEMENA), received by Founder, Georges Azzi
  • OutStanding Award Awardee: Lois Whitman - Renowned children’s human rights activist

Monday, May 14, 2018
Event: 6:00pm to 9:00pm -- PRESS BRIEFING 5:00-5:30PM

Pier 59, Chelsea Piers · 23rd Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY 10011


On the global stage, last year alone we saw the worst crackdown on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) communities worldwide. All over the world hundreds of LGBTIQ people were arrested, harassed, persecuted, and some even killed. Amidst the horrors and backlash against LGBTIQ people all around the world, it is imperative to highlight the the astounding resilience of this community and the stories that often go untold.

Hear from Georges Azzi who can comment on how the Arabic media has been a driver of homophobia and inciting government crackdowns against LGBTIQ people. The work Azzi and AFEMENA leads aims to sensitize journalists and establish a professional bar of reporting objectively on LGBTIQ issues that are perceived as highly sensitive in the region.  

Speak to Karamo Brown who has a passion for global LGBTIQ rights, and as the Culture Expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye, which has just been renewed for a second season.