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Justin Vivian Bond, Telly Leung & More Set for A NIGHT OF A THOUSAND GENDERS at Joe's Pub, 12/2; Olympia Dukakis to Host

The Gender & Family Project will present its first annual benefit, A Night of A Thousand Genders, an evening of cocktails followed by a very special one-night-only cabaret performance celebrating the beauty and resilience of gender nonconforming youth and their families on Monday, December 2, 2013 from 6:30-9pm at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street).

The first annual A Night of a Thousand Genders will be hosted by Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress Olympia Dukakis ("Moonstruck", "Tales of the City") and will feature performances by Tony nominee Justin VivIan Bond ("Shortbus", Kiki and Herb: Alive on Broadway), Telly Leung ("Glee", Godspell), Our Lady J ("Picture of a Man") with musical direction by Emmy-winning composer Lance Horne. Other performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The event is co-sponsored by Delta Air Lines, Logo TV and the Ackerman Institute for the Family with Stephen Schwartz (Wicked,Godspell, Pippin) as Event Honorary Chair and Jane Miller Rennert as Event Chair.

A Night of a Thousand Genders begins with cocktails at 6:30PM with the benefit performance beginning at approximately 7:30PM. All proceeds from this annual event will support The Gender and Family Project's mission to raise awareness about the critical need for more services supporting families of gender nonconforming youth, at home and in schools, as well as expanding its staff and scope of these services in the greater New York area and beyond.

Individual tickets for A Night of a Thousand Genders start at $45 and include a pre-cabaret cocktail and performance seating. $150 and $250 tickets include priority performance seating. Tables are also available at $1,000. Tickets can be purchased at

Jean Malpas, Director, Gender & Family Project: "New York City can do better for its gender nonconforming youth. The best kind of protection for transgender and gender nonconforming kids is to be accepted and celebrated by their families and caregivers. The Gender & Family Project is here on the ground to support these families and communities. We are dedicated to helping NYC schools become the safe and gender inclusive environments all children need."

Justin VivIan Bond: "I am thrilled to be able to lend my support to Gender & Family Project Benefit. Growing up trans would have been less difficult for me and so much easier on my family if we'd had an organization such as this to turn to for help."

Our Lady J: "The Gender & Family Project holds the key to our future by providing gender nonconforming youth with the support they need to rise above the historic adversities and challenges our community faces on a day to day basis."

About the Gender & Family Project: The Gender & Family Project empowers families of gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents by offering affirmative clinical services, professional training and community building. GFP also promotes gender inclusivity as a form of social justice in all the systems involved in the life of the family.

About Ackerman Institute for the Family: Since 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family has achieved international prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative models of family therapy, professional training, and community programs for families facing major life challenges. One of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health, Ackerman is dedicated to helping families at all stages of family life.

To learn more about the Gender & Family project or to purchase tickets to A Night of a Thousand Genders please visit

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