They were glamorous, beautiful, high-camp and on a mission.
From the swanky uptown, to the grit of the Village and the swagger of Chelsea, the city that never sleeps has a vibrant transgender community here in the Big Apple -- with many trans-friendly venues and events. So too does the surrounding metro area, including the NY boroughs, New Jersey, and Connecticut. On these pages we bring you coverage of the people, the places, and events for the New York-Metro area!
After 35 years, there was bound to be a change in the event. But no one would have thought it would be stimulated by fire. The Pavilion that housed the downstairs club [that the girls filed into for free drinks -- after being introduced one by one off the ferry], the pizzaria, and everything else had burned down earlier in the year.
Presented by the Diversity Initiative and sponsored by Metro Source Magazine, Logo, Kadmon and the American Cancer Society (ACS), the inaugural Encore For Hope was held at Providence NYC. It was an evening of cocktails and performances to benefit the society’s efforts within the LGBT community. The eventing raised $31,000.
Despite Irene’s threat to party-crash, the event came off without a hitch. The LGBT community over the past half-century has overcome police brutality, social discrimination, politicalresistance, and periods of rather limited fashion options... so a little hurricane wasn’t anything to stop the LOFT Same-sex Wedding Expo!