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When: Monday, May 16, 2016
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations

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

This year's Celebration of Courage was inside the exclusive Delegates Dining Room of the United Nations. We were joined by Alan Cumming and India's Crown Prince Manvedra Singh Gohil to honor the fearless work of Arus Pelangi, one of Indonesia’s leading LGBTI organizations, as well as present our 2016 Human Rights Awards.

Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with majestic views of the East River and the newly renovated United Nations headquarters, and listen to a special performance from Broadway's number one musical, Fun Home.

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Hosted By:

Alan Cumming
Actor, artist and activist

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Special Guest:

Indian Crown Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil
The Lakshya Trust, an HIV and LGBTIQ rights charity (featured recently in the Huffington Post).

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Felipa De Souza Awardee:
Arus Pelangi, National Federation of LGBTI Communities in Indonesia

Despite calls, even by government officials, for executions and public censorship of LGBTIQ voices, Arus Pelangi has stood up for the rights of Indonesians. As our strong partner in the world's 4th most populous nation, Arus Pelangi serves as a national organization leading the queer community to safety and security as they support human rights in the face of continual homophobia, transphobia, and religious extremism.

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OutSpoken Award: UN Free & Equal Campaign

Working tirelessly to promote human rights for LGBT people globally, the United Nation’s Free and Equal Campaign supports global initiatives that ensure visibility for our community.

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Special Recognition Award: Randy Berry, First ever U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI People

Visiting advocates in 42 countries during his first year, Special Envoy Randy Berry has set an ideal model for engaging activists and effectively championing human rights for LGBTI people around the world. Taking on this role as the first of its kind anywhere, we celebrate and honor Randy for his dedication and perseverance in our shared mission.

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Special Recognition Award: Dan Bross, Microsoft

Dan Bross has served as a major advocate for including LGBT issues at the World Economic Forum, ensuring that countries must face up to the economic costs of excluding - and discriminating - against LGBT people. His work raising the issue of human rights for LGBT people also began in his work to support the eradication of HIV/AIDS around the world.

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Presenter: Carson Kressley

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Special Guest: Omar Sharif Jr.

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Performance: Gabriella Pizzolo, Fun Home’s “small Alison" from Broadway’s “Best Musical”

Tickets: $250

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Past Participants

past celebrities who participated in coc

Clockwise: Moises Kaufman (Photo: Lolita Lens); Alan Cumming (Photo: Star Black); Bishop Desmond Tutu with the late Paula Ettelbrick (Photo: Steve Fisch); Cynthia Nixon (Photo: Shreen Asem); Juliana Huxtable (Photo: Lolita Lens); Jeff Sharlet (Photo: Star Black), Edie Windsor (Photo: Donna F. Aceto); Christine Quinn (Photo: Syd London); Maulik Pancholy (Photo: Syd London); Michel Sidibé, Bebe Zahara Benet, and Kenneth Cole (Photo: Star Black); Tammi Baldwin (Photo: Syd London); Stacy Ann Chin (Photo: Syd London) Rachel Maddow (Photo: courtesy MSNBC)

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