NEW YORK, NY – The Imperial Court of New York (ICNY), the state's most regal organization serving the LGBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS since 1986, will honor groundbreaking advocate Edith "Edie" Windsor with the Imperial Diamond Award at its 28th annual Night of A Thousand Gowns. The ball will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Saturday, March 29, 2014, and is presented by the ICNY membership and Their Most Imperial Sovereign Majesties Emperor XXII Wen-D Bouvier Pinkhouse and Empress XXVII Gracie Steeles.
The “outrageous” performer, Sandra Bernhard will headline our list of entertainers for the night which includes Martha Reeves from the Vandellas, international recording artist, Kelly King, 80’s girl group Exposé and the cast of Broadway's Pippin. In addition to being a lavishly regal celebration, the gala serves as fundraiser that contributes to ICNY's longstanding history of contributions to LGBT and AIDS service organizations.
We are proud to announce Quest Diagnostics as our Presenting Sponsor this year for the Gala. This year's event will benefit God's Love We Deliver and The True Colors Foundation.
The Imperial Diamond Award is ICNY's most prestigious way of recognizing a member of the greater community whose service to LGBT and HIV-related causes is exemplary. This year’s honoree is the formidable Edie Windsor!
Edie Windsor has been active in the movement for LGBT equality since the Stonewall Inn uprising of 1969. Her advocacy reached new heights in the summer of 2013 when she won United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court case that brought an end to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As a result of her landmark case, Section 3 of DOMA was found unconstitutional and loving gay couples' marriages throughout the country are now recognized by the federal government. To learn more about her, visit www.ediewindsor.com.
"Edie Windsor and the Imperial Court of New York are integral fixtures in LGBT community's history and advocacy," said Gary Cosgrove, President of the ICNY. "Edie's excitement for life, dedication to helping LGBT people thrive makes her the perfect recipient for this year's award. A demonstrated matriarch of the movement in her own right, Edie embodies the Imperial Diamond and Night of A Thousand Gowns."
In past years, Edie Windsor has received accolades including SAGE's Lifetime Achievement Award, the ACLU Medal of Liberty, the Marriage Equality New York City Council Award, and NYU'S Presidential Medal. She has also been recognized by the American Constitution Society as well as by Time Magazine as a finalist for "Person of the Year."
When told she would be honored, Edie said, “This fabulous and over-the-top event is one I have always wanted to attend. The Imperial Court has fun while raising money for serious issues that face the LGBT adults and youth who may be homeless, as well as people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in our city.”
Previous winners include political author and activist David Mixner, former Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn and celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz.
Additional sponsors include: Stoli, JetBlue Airways, Li-Lac Chocolates, Barefoot Wines and Best Ad Promo.
About the Imperial Court of New York: The Imperial Court of New York, a 501(c)3 corporation, is New York's most regal fundraising organization serving the LGBT community for the past 28 years. Part of a proud tradition, the Court has raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations including: ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America), the Ali Forney Center, amFAR,, Bailey House, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, LIFEbeat (Music Industry Fights AIDS), and Live Out Loud, , among many others. For more information, please visit: http://icny.org.