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.


Community Health Awards
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Tribeca Rooftop, NYC

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 2018, as we bestowedhonors upon Jenna Wortham, Award-Winning Journalist for The New York Times; Karen Sauvigné, Longtime Callen-Lorde Supporter, and Former Board Chair; and Dr. Marci Bowers, Pioneer In The Field of Gender Confirmation Surgeries.

Past honorees include 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); New York City Council members 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; and Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project.

For sponsorship opportunities and tickets please visit www.callen-lorde.org/cha

Spring Fever

Spring 2020, New York City

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.  This year honored  writer, curator, and activist Kimberly Drew, alongside pioneering physician Lucy N. Painter, M.D.for their work in advancing the health, wellness and visibility of queer people and people of color. Spring Fever attracts powerful women, friends and allies to celebrate and support our affirming and inclusive women’s health program while honoring influential women who have positively impacted LGBTQ communities in New York and beyond. 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; longtime Callen-Lorde supporter and former board-chair Ellen Alpert; performing artist and political activist, Staceyann Chin; novelist, playwright and AIDS Historian Sarah Schulman; and platform, collective, and women’s booking agency Discwoman. More information to come soon!


Rainbow Run
Spring 2020, New York City

A spring 5K /10K run/walk supporting Callen-Lorde Community Health Center! This fun run/leisure walk promotes health and wellness while supporting our life-saving mission! Callen-Lorde is celebrating our 50th anniversary! TSince the days of Stonewall, Callen-Lorde has been transforming lives by providing a welcoming environment for LGBTQ communities to get quality care, free of judgment and regardless of ability to pay. More information to come!

Hamptons Tea Dance
Summer 2020

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and SAGE team up to continue the tradition of the Hamptons Tea Dance! More information to come!


Summer 2020
Fire Island Pines

Come Splash poolside with Callen-Lorde and friends! A pre-tea pool party in the Fire Island Pines, Splash is one of our favorite summer events as we get the chance to come together on the idyllic shores of the Pines to celebrate the work of Callen-Lorde. For more information on becoming a sponsor please call 212.271.7263 or email Sunil Persaud at spersaud@callen-lorde.org.


Fall 2020 

Our annual celebration for trans and non-binary community members and friends in support of our pioneering Transgender/Non-Binary Health Program, Transcendence honors leaders in TGNB wellness and visibility.

This year we honored advocate, writer, & model Devin-Norelle alongside actor & activist Indya Moore for being voices and champions that uplift and empower trans and non-binary communities, especially the communities that Callen-Lorde serves. Transcendence recognizes individuals, groups and organizations that have made substantial contributions toward fostering the visibility and wellness of TGNB communites. Past honorees include artist Deja Smith; author and producer Jacob Tobia; world renowned DJ Lina; writer, speaker and media personality Tyler Ford; artist, poet, and performer, Juliana Huxtable; photographer, writer and publisher, Amos Mac; and the bklyn boihood collective for their work in building community and self-empowerment for transmasculine people of color.