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.

Friday, June 1st, 2018
Central Park Zoo

SHOW YOUR ZOO COLORS! The unofficial kick off party of NYC Pride since 2001. Held at the iconic Central Park Zoo, ROAR draws nearly 1,000 supporters each year for an evening filled with activities for adults & families: live entertainment and music by NYC DJ Collaborative Occupy The Disco; open bar and special adults-only martini bar; delicious picnic buffet; private access to animal exhibits; children’s area with face painting, activities , and drag queen story time with Merrie Cherry, Special performance by Yuhua Hamasaki from season 10 of Rupaul’s Drag Race! More special guests to be announced soon! Visit www.callen-lorde.org/roar for sponsorship opportunities and tickets.


Untitled Queen presents: The Brooklyn Ball
June 8, 2018 9pm
Littlefield, Brooklyn, NY

Untitled Queen presents The Brooklyn Ball, a Brooklyn Pride charity look ball extravaganza benefiting Callen-Lorde as we ramp up to open our first Brooklyn location in 2019. This event is a fabulous mixer highlighting cultural leaders of color in the community with a photo installation, performances, fashions, and dance. The style theme this year is an homage to “To Wong Foo”, a glam strawberry social where we encourage outrageous and outlandish looks incorporating reds/pinks/fruits/strawberries. The Brooklyn Ball is followed by Horrorchata’s Be Cute as the official after-party! Click here for tickets

Hamptons Tea Dance
July 14, 2018 4pm
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. Visit https://hamptonsteadance.org for sponsorship opportunities!


August 25th,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 August 25th! Sponsorship opportunities and tickets will be available in May!


September 2018
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.

Transcendence 2017 honored world renowned DJ Lina & Tyler Ford for being  fierce leaders and tenacious advocates for LGBTQ communities.

Please check back in Spring 2018 for more updates on Transcendence 2018.


Community Health Awards
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Three Sixty Studios

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.

In 2017  we bestowed  Community Health Awards to Richard Haymes for his work with Community Health Project that blazed a trail for LGBTQ healthcare as we know it today, setting the stage to make Callen-Lorde the global leader in LGBTQ healthcare; Chase Strangio for his steadfast commitment to ensuring that transgender people are represented in courtrooms where decisions about their rights are being handed down and his impressive work with Sylvia Rivera Law Project and the ACLU; and Kaz Mitchell, the former Chair of our Community Advisory Board, for her strong commitment to the health of lesbians of color in New York and ensuring that all patients have access to women’s health care.

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.

Check back soon for 2018 dates!

Rainbow Run
Spring 2019
New York, NY
Join us for the 4tth annual Rainbow Run on — 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 the 2019 date!

Spring Fever
Spring 2019

Our annual women’s event, Spring Fever recognizes influential women while raising funds for the affirming and inclusive women’s health program at Callen-Lorde.  Past Spring Fever honorees include HuffPost’s Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen; comedian, activist, musician and actor Lea DeLaria; Executive Director of M•A•C AIDS Fund Nancy Mahon; marriage champion, the late Edie Windsor, performing artist and political activist, Staceyann Chin; novelist, playwright and AIDS Historian Sarah Schulman; and platform, collective, and women’s booking agency Discwoman.
Check back soon for the 2019 date!