Janelle Monáe to Receive Equality Award from The Center in New York

Janelle Monáe to Receive Equality Award from The Center in New York

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Annual event celebrates women’s achievements and lesbian, bisexual and transgender women making a difference

Janelle Monáe/The Center
Janelle Monáe/The Center

In a celebration of artistry, activism and advocacy, New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) will honor international recording artist Janelle Monáe with its Equality Award at the 18th Annual Women’s Event on Saturday, November 7 at Capitale in New York City. Hundreds of guests will join The Center to applaud Monáe’s support in the fight for LGBT equality, and to recognize the contributions of legendary producer Barbara Gaines, who worked for David Letterman for 35 years, and Citi Managing Director Lisa Davis. The program will also pay special tribute to Edie Windsor, of the landmark Supreme Court marriage equality case United States v. Windsor, for the historic role she has played in the fight for marriage equality.

The Center will honor Monáe with its Equality Award, acknowledging her immense talent, dedication to artistic expression and commitment to achieving equality for the LGBT community. Monáe has always been an advocate of female empowerment, gender equality and LGBT rights.

In recognition of Gaines’ leadership in the LBT community, The Center will present her with its Trailblazer Award. In her 19 years as a producer for Late Show with David Letterman, Gaines received 14 Emmy nominations and won five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002).

The Center will also present its Corporate Impact Award to Davis. Davis is Citi’s Global Head of Enterprise Services within Treasury and Trade Solutions and is responsible for the delivery of best-in-class enterprise platforms in billing, core banking and client relationship management. In addition to her responsibilities, Davis led the Citi PRIDE Network NYC Chapter as Co-Chair from 2011-2014 and now leads a Citi Women Emerging Talent program focused on identifying and growing the next generation of women leaders.

Women’s Event raises significant funds for The Center’s innovative programming. Over the next year, The Center will launch LGBT-SAINT, a substance use treatment intervention specifically designed for LGBTQ youth ages 13 to 27. The Center will also introduce T:FIRE, a new program of support and empowerment that tackles poverty in the transgender community. In addition to these new initiatives, The Center is currently developing programming specifically for women to tackle economic attainment, a substantive issue that particularly impacts LBT women.

Established in 1983, The Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center celebrates diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity. Each year, The Center welcomes more than 300,000 visits to their building in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan from people who engage in our life-changing and life-saving activities. To learn more about The Center, please visit gaycenter.org.

To purchase tickets please visit gaycenter.org/womensevent; tickets start at $325.

Follow The Center on Twitter @LGBTCenterNYC.

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