Over 800 guests gathered last nite on Pier 60 in New York to celebrate Family Equality Council’s 10th Annual Night at the Pier Gala. Attendees enjoyed a night of entertainment and moving stories, and raised close to $1 million for Family Equality Council’s critical work on behalf of LGBTQ families.
Family Equality Council honored Scott Ellis and Sergio Trujillo, two leading professionals on Broadway who are gay parents and have raised the visibility of LGBTQ families and explored gay parenthood through their work on stage. Ellis and Trujillo were joined by their husbands on stage to accept the award, presented by Kelli O’Hara & the legendary Chita Rivera.
“I’m incredibly honored to receive this award from an organization that has been fighting for LGBTQ families for 40 years,” said Scott Ellis. “Family Equality Council’s work is critically important in helping ensure all LGBTQ people are able to realize the dream of becoming parents.”
“Receiving this award from Family Equality Council is deeply meaningful to me,” said Sergio Trujillo. “As a gay parent living in a wonderfully-affirming community here in New York City, I applaud Family Equality Council’s work to support LGBTQ families in communities across the country.”
All photos by: ANDREW WERNER PHOTOGRAPHY
Psychologist and author Dr. Kim Bergman received the 2019 Hostetter-Habib Family Award in recognition of her decades of work to make family formation a reality for thousands of LGBTQ people. Bergman was introduced by Andy Cohen, and the award was presented by her wife Natalie Bergman and daughters Abby and Jenna.
“I’m truly honored to receive the Hostetter-Habib Family Award,” said Kim Bergman. “My life’s work to help LGBTQ people realize the dream of parenthood is one shared by Family Equality Council, and look forward to many more years working together to help LGBTQ families across the country grow and thrive.”
“We are delighted to have honored Scott Ellis and Sergio Trujillo for their visibility on Broadway and for leading the way as gay parents during this time of growth in LGBTQ parenting. We are also proud to have honored Kim Bergman, for her decades-long track record supporting prospective LGBTQ parents,” said The Rev. Stan J. Sloan, CEO of Family Equality Council. “Once again, our New York community came out and joined those who traveled to attend, showing their generous support of Family Equality Council’s work on behalf of LGBTQ families nationwide. Today we get back to work in the fight for lived and legal equality.”
Guests at Night at the Pierwere also treated to performances from cast members from the Broadway musicals Tootsie, PROM, Cher, and Ain’t Too Proud.
If you couldn’t attend but would like to celebrate the honorees and support Family Equality Council’s work, make a donation here: www.nightatthepier.com/donate
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About Family Equality Council
Family Equality Council advances legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. Family Equality Council believes every LGBTQ person should have the right and opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, regardless of who they are or where they live. Learn more at familyequality.org.