Kelsey Louie, CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, with honorees Roberta Kaplan and Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as Matilda Cuomo, the governor’s mother and the widow of the late Governor Mario Cuomo.
Gay Men’s Health Crisis held its annual gala on October 2 at Cipriani Wall Street, an event at which Governor Andrew Cuomo was honored with the Larry Kramer Activist Award.
Honoree Joy Reid with the evening’s emcee, Judy Gold.
Other honorees included attorney Roberta Kaplan and MSNBC anchor Joy Reid. Kaplan, the board chair at GMHC, is probably best known for her representation of the late Edie Windsor, arguing Windsor’s case before the US Supreme Court, which resulted in the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. Kaplan is a founder of Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP.
Jeffrey S. Trachtman, a partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and Alphonso David, the new president of the Human Rights Campaign and a former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The evening’s emcee was comedian Judy Gold.
The House of Xtravaganza performs in honor of the late Hector Xtravaganza.
Dr. Larry Mass, one of the founders of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, who in 1981 published the first reports of a rare cancer afflicting gay men — the first signs of what came to be known as AIDS.
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson with his companion, Ernest J. Martin.