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Community Health Awards

November 13, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Honoring the leaders and trailblazers in the fields of LGBT Health and Wellness, the Community Health Awards consistently draws hundreds of Callen-Lorde’s strongest friends and supporters. The evening includes a cocktail reception, banquet, awards presentation, entertainment, and inspirational speeches from community leaders.

Past honorees include former Surgeon General Dr. Jocelyn Elders; Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning playwright and activist Tony Kushner; tennis star and health advocate Martina Navratilova; Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director of the CDC’s Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention; actress and advocate Cynthia Nixon; Martin Markowitz, MD, of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center; law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP for their work in overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); President, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Susan Somerville, RN; Physicians Research Network; and New York City Councilmembers Corey Johnson and Ritchie Torres; Division Head of Adolescent Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago & Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Robert Garofalo; Chris Mosier, athlete, coach, educator, and the founder of TransAthlete.com; Honorable Gustavo Rivera; & nationally recognized activist in the LGBTQ, women’s and children’s rights movements, Joy Tomchin.

Join us on November 13! 

Meet this year’s honorees:

Kaz Mitchell is the Director of Circle of Voices, a non-profit Womyn of African Descent and Womyn of Color organization that produce multi-cultural events of an artistic nature as nourishment for the human spirit. She is the former Chair of our Community Advisory Board, as Chair she proved to have a strong commitment to the health of lesbians of color in New York and ensuring that all patients have access to women’s health care. Kaz has served on the Board of Directors for Black Pride NYC, Brooklyn Pride, and founding board for the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Equality Card Project and Co-Chair of the Economic Development on the LGBT Advisory Committee. She is the moderator of “Digging Up Da Sistah Roots” an annual tribute since 2011, recognizing the contributions of Black Lesbians and Allies that have worked towards extending the alienable civil and human rights of LGBTQ same gender loving community members which is hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. Kaz received a citation as a LGBTQ Community Leader during the Brooklyn Borough President’s Brooklyn Pride Celebration in 2014!

Pictured: Chase Strangio Photo: ACLU/Molly Kaplan ©2014 ACLU All Right Reserved

Chase Strangio is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU's LGBT & HIV Project. He was counsel for Chelsea Manning in her lawsuit against the Department of Defense for denial of health care related to gender transition and was part of the team that organized around her commutation. He has also worked on lawsuits challenging North Carolina's infamous anti-trans laws, HB2 and HB142, and on Gavin Grimm's trans rights case before the United States Supreme Court. He is currently part of the legal team at the ACLU challenging President Trump's ban on open military service by transgender individuals. In his free time he organizes around ending cash bail and hangs out with his kid. Chase is a graduate of Grinnell College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Richard Haymes is the Former Associate Executive Director of Community Health Project and a co-founder of our Health Outreach To Teens Program (HOTT). His work with CHP blazed a trail and helped set the stage to help make Callen-Lorde the global leader in LGBTQ healthcare. As the associate executive director, Haymes was a critical part of the capital campaign to help build our flagship clinic on West 18th Street. He worked closely with the architectural team and the staff to broaden the scope of health and mental health services the new licensed facility could provide. Haymes led the staff and board through the naming process for the new health facility, and in the spring of 1998, the Michael Callen-Audre Lorde Community Health Center officially opened. Haymes and Rick O’Keefe, MD designed a unique healthcare model targeting homeless & runaway LGBTQ youth, unable to survive in school or foster care, and unsafe in heterosexually identified youth shelters. Their model was simple but revolutionary. This program would eventually become the Health Outreach To Teens Program.

Hosted by: Shakina Nayfack

Originally from Southern California, Shakina enjoys an eclectic career as a performer, director, writer, producer, and social activist. She plays Lola on the Hulu comedy series Difficult People and is the founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory (www.mtf.nyc) where she has supported the development of over 100 new musicals, including an autobiographical rock musical about her gender confirmation, Manifest Pussy. Shakina is a proud recipient of a Lilly Award recognizing the remarkable contributions to the American Theatre made by women, the Theatre Resources Unlimited Humanitarian Award, The Drama League Directors Project Musical Directing Fellowship, and Beatrice Terry Fellowship for women playwright/directors.


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APICHA Community Health Center
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John W. Baumgarten Architect, P.C.
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Jay Laudato & Tom Watson
Navin C. Mehta, MD
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November 13, 2017
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Tribeca 360
10 Desbrosses St
New York, NY 10013 United States
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