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SAPPHIRE ANNIVERSARY GALA & Community Excellence Awards


MAY 25, 2023

6:00-9:00 PM

TRIBECA ROOFTOP at 2 Desbrosses Street

Join us on May 25th at Tribeca Rooftop as we celebrate LGBT Bar NY's 45th anniversary at our Foundation's Annual Gala! The evening will offer dinner, drinks, dancing, and a rooftop space with 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. Help us raise a toast to our community's accomplishments and prepare for the challenges that are to come!

The Annual Gala supports the charitable and educational activities of the LGBT Bar NY Foundation, including our pro bono legal clinicsLGBT Law Notes, Law Student Career FairJudicial Fellowship Program, and a host of additional activities benefiting the LGBTQ+ legal community and the public.

This Year's Community Vision Awardee

As part of the Annual Gala, LGBT Bar NY presents its Community Vision Awards to honor individuals and organizations for their distinguished record of service to our community.  This year, we are thrilled to announce our Community Vision Awardee, Governor Kathy Hochul.


Kathy Hochul is the 57th and first female Governor of New York State. She began her career in public service on her local Town Board, before serving as Erie County Clerk and as a Member of Congress for New York’s 26th Congressional District.

As Lieutenant Governor, she chaired the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils, and served as co-chair of the State’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, Women’s Suffrage Commission, and Child Care Availability Task Force.

Since being sworn into office in 2021, Governor Hochul has led by establishing a bold vision for New York’s future. Governor Hochul has spearheaded comprehensive poli-cies and initiatives to help New Yorkers and their families, while building an economy that is stronger and more inclusive than before. Governor Hochul is making historic in-vestments in the people, places, and things to make that happen – from healthcare workers, small businesses, and working families to infrastructure, education, and work-force development. And in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s reckless decisions to strip away abortion rights and strike down commonsense gun regulations, Governor Hochul led the charge in Albany to protect reproductive health care and strengthen gun safety laws, ensuring New York continues to stand as a beacon of hope and free-dom for the rest of the nation.

Governor Hochul was born and raised in Western New York. She and her husband, Bill Hochul, are the proud parents of two children and one granddaughter.

This Year's Community Excellence Awardees