N.Y. Scene October 2011: GLAAD Amplifier Awards, Ally Sheedy hosts Ali Forney Center Benefit, The Shondes at CMJ & NYC Halloween


N.Y. Scene is a monthly column that chronicles events of interest for lesbian and bi women in New York. Grace Chu has come out of lesbian scene retirement to navigate the vast and ever-evolving New York City scene, so you don’t have to.

GLAAD Amplifier Awards – October 4, 2011

Formerly called the GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising, The GLAAD Amplifier Awards feature and spotlight individuals and campaigns in advertising and marketing for positive representations of the LGBT community. Recipients this year include Google Chrome’s “The Web is What You Make of It: It Gets Better Project,” Absolut Vodka’s “Cocktail Cabaret” campaign, and American Airlines’ outdoor “Beach Towel” advertisements.

Among the ladies who walked the red carpet were two time Tony Award winning actress Christine Ebersole, out reality show star Tabatha Coffey, and Sonja Morgan

Christine Ebersole

Tabatha Coffey, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover

Sonja Morgan, Real Housewives of New York

Broadway star and The Voice contestant Frenchie Davis channeled the power of her pipes to close the awards show. The full list of awards recipients is here

Ally Sheedy hosts benefit for the Ali Forney Center, October 6, 2011

The Ali Forney Center, an organization that benefits homeless LGBT youth, was founded in June of 2002 in memory of murdered youth, Ali Forney. Forney, a gay teen, was forced to live on the New York streets in the 1990s. He aggressively lobbied the NYPD to investigate a series of unsolved murders of several of the homeless gay youth he had befriended. Sadly, in December of 1997, Forney himself was found murdered in Harlem. His murder was never solved.

On October 6, the Second Annual Dinner to benefit the Ali Forney Center was held at Studio 450 in Manhattan. Actress Ally Sheedy, known for her roles in critically acclaimed film High Art and several popular 80’s films such as The Breakfast Club, hosted the event. Sheedy has become an avid supporter of LGBT initiatives in the past two years. Her 17-year-old daughter Rebecca is an out lesbian, and she has said that the reason she supports organizations such as the the Ali Forney Center is because she feels “a personal pull.” 

L to R: Ally Sheedy and ANTM‘s Isis King

Celebrity photographer and Ali Forney Center honoree Mike Ruiz

To find out more about how you can help get LGBT youth off the streets and other unsafe environments into safe shelters, please visit the Ali Forney Center website.

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