Christian Borle & More Set for GLAAD's NIGHT OF A THOUSAND GOWNS, 4/6
On April 6, Their Most Imperial and Sovereign Majesties, Emperor XXI Ritz Kraka and Empress XXVI Witti Repartee, will present The Night of a Thousand Gowns- a dazzling display of regal glamour, an opportunity to celebrate the LGBT community, and in particular, the colorful cross-dressing segment of that community. In its twenty-seven year history the Imperial Court of New York has donated over 1.5 million dollars to worthy LGBT, HIV/AIDS and youth enrichment related causes. This year the Night of a Thousand Gowns expects 1,000 attendees to raise important funds for GLAAD and GHMC.
Atendees will include: Christian Borle (SMASH);Taylor Dane; GilBert Baker (LGBT advocate, creator of the rainbow flag) drag performer Chad Michaels (RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars); Alex McCord and Simon van Kampen (Real Housewives of NY); singer Karen Mason; actor Tony Sheldon; Mike Ruiz, Martin Berusch, (The A List);actor and advocate Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life, GLAAD); Dr. Marjorie Hill (GMHC); actor Daniel Patrick Ellis; singer Anthony Lee Medina; designer Chris March; singer Adam Barta;nightlife icon Amanda Lepore; actor Gerald McCullough; Reina; Chi Chi Valenti; DJ Johnny Dynell; singer Marty Thomas; NYC promoter Sir Mark Nelson; and Kitty Hiccups.
The 2013 Imperial Diamond Award will be presented that night to Elvis Duran, one of last year's Honorary Chars, and award winning host of the nationally syndicated Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, heard locally on Z100.
The Imperial Diamond Award is ICNY's most prestigious way of recognizing a member of the greater community whose service to LGBT and HIV related causes is exemplary. Previous winners include Political Author and Activist David Mixner, Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn and Celebrity Photographer Mike Ruiz.