The oldest and largest LGBTI legal group in the US celebrated LGBTI rights advocates at the 2019 National Liberty Awards.
Lambda Legal hosted this year’s award show at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City on Thursday (9 May).
🎉Good evening New York City! We’re here at the @chelseapiersNYC celebrating our annual National Liberty Awards Dinner. Follow along for some highlights from this amazing evening.🍾 #WeAreHere #LibertyAwards 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/DXrBCC1sCb
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) May 9, 2019
The evening honored Kate Kendell, the former Executive Director of National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Baker McKenzie, a partner for both LGBTI youth advocates and the Lambda Legal Youth in Out-of-Home CareProject.
The two were praised for their years of commitment in working to further LGBTI rights in the US, Instinct Magazine reports.
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) May 10, 2019
Comedian Dana Goldberg was on hand to provide some laughs for attendees, followed by a performance from pop singer VINCINT.
Other guests included Jeffrey Marsh, Javier Munoz, Yuval David, along with three of Ru Paul’s Drag Race alumni, Peppermint, Yuhua Hamasaki and Alexis Michelle.
DJ Pamela Katz provided music for the after party.
Still thinking about how special it was to be an honored guest of the annual #LibertyAwards by @lambdalegal! I was joined by my #Dragsisters @AlexisLives, @YuhuaHamasaki & singer @VINCINT_ as we celebrated the successes from work done on behalf of our incredible #LGBTQIA family! pic.twitter.com/7B2mJf3U5Y
— Peppermint (@Peppermint247) May 10, 2019
Working for LGBTI rights
This year’s National Liberty Awards also provided the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the hosts.
Lambda Legal have great deals of respect from fellow LGBTI rights activists and supporters in the US.
The nonprofit organization accepts pro bono work select cases. They have worked on some of the most high profile cases affecting the LGBTI community and people living with HIV.
Proud beyond proud to be part of a Firm honored by @LambdaLegal for our work for LGBTQ children and youth experiencing homelessness with Jaclyn Pampel last night in NYC. especially from two of our heroes @ShearAvory and @CurreyCook pic.twitter.com/2W62trBtYW
— angela vigil (@angelacoinvigil) May 10, 2019
Lambda Legal’s recent cases include challenging Trump administration rules on healthcare which discriminate against women and LGBTI people, and fighting a proposal which would have allowed faith-based adoption agencies in Tennessee to reject same-sex parents on the grounds of religious beliefs.
The group does not receive any government funding, and relies on donations to fund their work.