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.



Spring Fever
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Project Farmhouse, Union Square

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; 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.
Honorees to be announced soon! Sponsorship and tickets will go on sale in early January!

Rainbow Run
Spring 2019
New York, NY

Join us for the 4th 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!


June 2019
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; 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.


Hamptons Tea Dance
Summer 2019

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


Summer 2018
Fire Island Pines

Come Splash! Party 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. See you next summer!


Project Farmhouse, Union Square, NYC

Our annual celebration of transgender and gender non-binary communities in support of our pioneering Transgender Health Program.In 2018, we  honored Deja Smith and recognize her efforts to promote affirming environments for TGNB people and combating discrimination of these communities, alongside Jacob Tobia for being a fierce leader and brave advocate in elevating the conversations on acceptance and inclusion. Transcendence recognizes individuals, groups and organizations that have made substantial contributions toward fostering the visibility and wellness of transgender and gender non-binary communities.

Past honorees include world renowned DJ Lina; writer, speaker and media personality Tyler Ford; artist, poet, and performer, Juliana Huxtable; photographer, writer and publisher, Amos Mac; actress, model, writer, and activist Hari Nef; and the bklyn boihood collective for their work in building community and self-empowerment for transmasculine people of color.


Community Health Awards
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.