Special Events

Our special events are an incredible way to support the health of New York’s LGBTQ communities while having a great time doing it! Whether you’ve attended our special events in the past or are new to the Callen-Lorde community we hope you’ll come out and join us. Our special events range from galas to pool parties, cocktail receptions and more – we have something for everyone!

For more information on any of our events including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact Sunil Persaud, Development Officer, at spersaud@callen-lorde.org or (212) 271-7263.



Thursday, September 28, 2017

New York, NY

Our annual celebration for trans and gender non-conforming communities, friends and allies, Transcendence honors leaders in the field of trans and gender non-conforming wellness and visibility. Past honorees include author, playwright and theorist Kate Bornstein; the team behind the groundbreaking work “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves”; President of the NYC Stonewall Democratic Club, Melissa Sklarz; photographer, writer and publisher, Amos Mac; artist, poet, and performer, Juliana Huxtable; actress, model, writer, and activist Hari Nef; and  bklyn boihood for their work in building community and self-empowerment for transmasculine people of color.

Join us this year on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Picture Ray Studio in Chelsea as we celebrate Transcendence 2017, honoring world renowned DJ Lina & Tyler Ford for being  fierce leaders and tenacious advocates for LGBTQ communities.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available and start at just $75 and help to support the work of our transgender health program as well as offset the ticket price for those who cannot afford to attend.General admission tickets will be on sale for $35 in late August. Join us!

Community Health Awards
Monday, November 13, 2017 – 6pm

Three Sixty, NYC – 10 Desbrosses Street

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; New York City Councilmember, 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, Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH; Team USA Duathlete, advocate and speaker, Chris Mosier; Senator District 33, New York State Senate, Honorable Gustavo Rivera; and Nationally recognized activist in the LGBT, women’s and children’s right movements & Co-Founder, Public Square Films, Joy A. Tomchin.

Rainbow Run
Spring 2018
New York, NY

Join us for the 2nd annual Rainbow Run on Saturday, April 1st — a spring 5K /10K supporting Callen-Lorde Community Health Center! A fun run/leisure walk, the Rainbow Run promotes health and wellness while supporting our life-saving mission.  Check back soon for our 2018 date!

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Spring Fever
Spring 2018
New York City

Our annual women’s event, Spring Fever recognizes influential women while raising funds for the women’s health program at Callen-Lorde. The 2017 honorees were novelist, playwright and AIDS historian Sarah Schulman, for her long history of activism bringing visibility to women’s and LGBTQ rights as well as the HIV crisis, alongside Discwoman for their efforts in creating platforms for empowerment, activism and community building among cis women, trans women and genderqueer people. Check back soon for our 2018 date and honorees! 


 June 2018 
Central Park Zoo

SHOW YOUR ZOO COLORS! Kick off Pride season with an evening of live entertainment, music, open bar & picnic buffet, and fun for everyone! Check back for 2018 date!


Hamptons Tea Dance

Summer 2018
Nova’s Ark Project, Bridgehampton, NY

An annual cocktail party at Nova’s Ark Project in the Hamptons, the Tea Dance benefits Callen-Lorde, Sage, and The Center. More information to come in Spring of 2018!


Summer 2018
Fire Island Pines

Splash 2017 drew over two hundred guest for summer cocktails to celebrate the life-saving work of Callen-Lorde. Come Splash! with us in on Summer 2018!  Check back in Spring 2018 for updates!