The LGBTQ+ legal advocacy group Lambda Legal will honor Tony winner Billy Porter at its 50th anniversary gala, the Liberty Awards National Dinner, in June. Porter will be honored alongside legendary lesbian activist Urvashi Vaid, who passed away in 2022.
The 2023 Liberty Awards will be held June 8 at The Glasshouse. Following the ceremony, an after party will be hosted by Susanne Bartsch and Amanda Lepore, with music by DJ Amber Valentine. More than 1,000 attendees are expected to attend the event, which is the largest of Lambda's annual events advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community and for everyone living with HIV.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion alongside our national supporters and allies in New York, where Lambda Legal started 50 years ago,” said Kevin Jennings, CEO of Lambda Legal. “While we have made incredible strides in five decades, this anniversary comes at a time when that progress is under attack. More than 400 anti-LGBTQ+ bills, most targeting transgender youth, have been introduced by legislatures across the country. Through our history, Lambda Legal has been the leading force in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, and we will continue to advocate for a world where we can live free from discrimination. Together, we are unstoppable."