New York, NY - On Monday, March 23 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street), actress Cynthia Nixon (above) will be hosting The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project’s second annual “A Night of a Thousand Genders” benefit. This special one-night-only cabaret evening celebrating the beauty and resilience of gender expansive youth and their families will feature performances by Drama Desk nominee Lindsay Mendez (Wicked), American Singer/Songwriter Joe Stevens (“Last Man Standing”), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots), and Youth Pride Chorus, with Music Direction by Emmy Award-winning composer Lance Horne. Also, as special award will be given to the family of Jazz Jennings, a 14 year old transgender girl, activist and honorary co-founder of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation. For more information, go to nightofathousandgenders.com.
Philadelphia, PA - Where better than the “Birthplace of America” to celebrate five decades of LGBT political progress? Indeed, this week Visit Philadelphia announced a yearlong lineup of festivities to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement. Events include an exhibition of unpublished works and other items from Oscar Wilde at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia (through April 26); a photo history of the vibrant and Legendary “house ball” culture popular with African-America, Latino and transgender communities on display at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (June 12 - August 16); the Fourth of July wreath-laying ceremony at the Gay Rights Demonstration Historical Marker (photo above); and, much, much, more. Details can be found at lgbt50.org and at visitphilly.com.
New York, NY - If a cage match battling hard-bodied Easter bunnies (see above) to win cash, candy and prizes sounds like so much fun you may just Peep your pants, then the second annual GAY NIGHT @ FULL BUNNY CONTACT is for you. On Friday, April 3, carnival attendees can let the fur fly with adrenaline-inducing fun like the “Ride the Rabid Rabbit” mechanical bunny, a “Temper Tantrum Contest”, the “Bunny Warrior Joust”, target practice using a giant yellow marshmallow candy, and a “Psychotic Bunny Fortune Teller” who screams your fortune at you. Top it all off at the food stations and on-site bar. Admission is $20 and up and takes place 107 Suffolk Street on the Lower East Side. The full weekend schedule can be seen at FullBunnyContact.com.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - “Vallarta Pride”, which takes place from May 17 - 24, has announced a number of additions to this year’s program including an Andrew Christian fashion show, an International Film Festival, an appearance by Spanish transgender pop singer La Prohibida, and Orange is the New Black actress, Lea DeLaria as Grand Marshall. Visit vallarapride.com for complete details.
And, if you needed more reason to celebrate, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board will be hosting a sweepstakes where winners will be treated to top-notch accommodations, specials dinners and once-in-a-lifetime activities. For complete details and to enter, go here.