This Sunday, GLAAD’s Alexandra Bolles will be awarded at PFLAG Queens’ Annual Awards Reception and Luncheon celebrating the work of LGBTQ advocates in the greater New York City area.
The luncheon and fundraiser highlights and honors the impact of local advocates and supports PFLAG's work advocating for the LGBTQ community. Tickets for the luncheon, held on Sunday, February 5 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Riccardo's Restaurant in Astoria, Queens, are available through PFLAG Queens.
PFLAG Queens will award Alexandra, GLAAD's Senior Strategist – Campaigns & External Engagement, the 12th annual Brenda Howard Award in recognition of Alexandra’s work for the bisexual community through GLAAD.
The late Brenda Howard was a New York City native and a notable advocate for the bisexual community, which makes up the majority of the LGBTQ community. A fixture in the queer community and a figurehead for the movement for LGBTQ equity, Howard earned the nickname "the Mother of Pride" after coordinating what are considered to be the first “Pride” events--the 1970 Christopher Street Liberation Day March and another rally in remembrance of the Stonewall uprising one year earlier. As the bisexual community in New York continued to grow and mobilize in the 1980s, Howard founded the New York Area Bisexual Network to coordinate resources for regional bi+ individuals, and continued to work with numerous organizations to liberate and support the bisexual community.
Alexandra is recognized for spearheading GLAAD's bisexual advocacy work: notably, co-founding the online #BiWeek campaign at GLAAD; participating in and helping coordinate groundbreaking White House policy briefings for bisexual advocacy leaders; and creating resources for media reporting on the LGBTQ* community, including her guide "In Focus: Reporting on the Bisexual Community." Alexandra is also recognized for her management of projects including Spirit Day and the Southern Stories Summer Tour, and her work to amplify diverse voices among the LGBTQ* community.
Alongside Alexandra, PFLAG will recognize Alan Reiff with the 24th annual Morty Manford Award, which recognizes LGBTQ advocacy work that exemplifies the spirit of the late Morty Manford, a visible and positive LGBTQ role model. Alan Reiff is the Secretary of the Executive Board of Queens Pride, as well as a professor and middle school ESL coordinator, and has worked notably on a national and global level with pride organizations. Additionally, Out Rockaway will be awarded the 20th annual Carmel Tavadia Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding work to support true family values. PFLAG will celebrate Out Rockaway's work to create a safe community space for LGBTQ individuals in the Rockaways, as well as to increase LGBTQ visibility through their participation in pride parades.
The PFLAG Queens Awards Reception and Luncheon promises to be a meaningful celebration of the impactful work of New York City LGBTQ advocates both locally and nationally. Purchase forms for tickets to the event can be found on PFLAG Queens' website, and more information about the event can be found by contacting PFLAG at 718-858-9678. You can also check out the Facebook event.