Media Advisory - Celebration of Courage 2017

2 May 2017

Media Advisory

Media contact: Rashima Kwatra 917-859-7555

Celebration of Courage 2017

Exclusive LGBTIQ Gala to be held at

United Nations Delegates Dining Room

Media RSVP / Registration required by 10 May 2017. Bio and Photos.

Individual Interviews available upon request to


Celebration of Courage 2017, the Annual Celebration sponsored by Outright Action international honoring Courageous LGBTIQ human rights defenders.


Host: Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. Performer and artist


  • Felipa De Souza Awardee: Caleb Orozco - The man who brought down the sodomy law in Belize
  • Outspoken Award: Logo TV
  • Special Recognition Awards: Blanche Wiesen Cook - Acclaimed biographer on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt

Special Guest

  • Tracey Norman - Trans model and pioneer


Monday, May 15, 2017

Event: 6:00pm to 9:00pm -- PRESS BRIEFING 5:00-5:30PM


Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations

U.N. Headquarters, Visitor’s Entrance, First Avenue & 45th Street, New York City


Amidst the global horrors happening to LGBTIQ people around the world, including the detention and torture of gay men in Chechnya and the arrest of 53 gay men in Nigeria, it is imperative to take stock of the advances we have made on LGBTIQ rights globally. Join us to celebrate Caleb Orozco, whose bravery brought down the sodomy laws in Belize. He has charted the path forward to what is understood as the start to the end of sodomy laws in the Caribbean.  

Winning this award is recognition that LGBTIQ advancements in one country has ripple effects that can change the world. I managed to bring down the sodomy law in Belize, but this verdict has the potential to advance LGBTIQ rights in the Caribbean and globally. Even when faced with personal risk and when odds are not in our favor, it is important to be courageous and stand up for what is right” ~ Caleb Orozco