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Photo Coverage: Family Equality Council Honors PRISCILLA

Family Equality Council, America's foremost national advocate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) families, held the organization's annual New York City awards dinner last night, Monday, April 25, 2011 at Pier 60 in New York.

This year's honorees included Lisa Cholodenko, screenwriter/director of the Oscar-nominated movie, "The Kids Are All Right"; the cast of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Musical on Broadway"; and Mary T. Keane, a local foster care, adoption, and youth advocate.
Special guest Zach Wahls, whose speech defending marriage equality in Iowa made him a YouTube sensation, will serve as an awards presenter. 

"It's an honor for me to be a part of this event that celebrates the experiences and lives of those LGBT families raising children," said Cholodenko. "Part of the message of my film is that this is not a fringe element in our society, but instead a robust and healthy community of parents, children, husbands, wives, and partners. This event is just one indication that this community is strong and growing."

BroadwayWorld was on hand to celebrate with the Priscilla cast and capture their performance.

For more information, visit www.familyequality.org/pier.

Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Coverage: Family Equality Council Honors PRISCILLA

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At a young age Monica Simoes became a fan of the stage forever. She always dreamt of being a part of theatrical magic. However, those dreams seemed thwarted by her inability to carry a note and her two left feet. Yet, that minor speed bump didn't stop her. She has melded her passion for theatre and her photographic skill to capture the essence of Broadway. Monica is currently a student at Parsons the New School for Design. She hopes to continue enjoying all that Broadway has to offer through the viewfinder of her camera.