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Outright Celebration of Courage Event

By Charlotte Robinson, May 28, 2024

Outright International will honor the fabulously talented Billy Porter with the Outspoken Award at their upcoming 28th annual Celebration of Courage awards & gala on June 3rd in NYC. The organization’s Outspoken Award recognizes LGBTQ groups or individuals & allies that contribute to advanced awareness & equality for LGBTQ people. Billy Porter the Emmy, Grammy & Tony award-winning actor, singer, director, producer, composer, playwright & activist will be recognized for his unwavering advocacy & powerful voice across various movements. Porter has made significant contributions to the entertainment industry, earning accolades & acclaim for his remarkable talent & dedication to social causes. Porter stated, “Around the world, there are millions of LGBTIQ people who are unable to live their lives openly & safely. That is why I am honored to receive the Outspoken Award & join forces with Outright International to say enough is enough: enough with denying LGBTIQ people their basic dignity & humanity; enough with holding back my community’s right to live lives of joy & happiness. I will continue to speak out & stand with Outright until every LGBTIQ person in every corner of this planet knows they are loved & seen.” BeBe Zahara Benet will host the 2024 gala. Maria Sjödin, Outright International Executive Director concluded, “One of Outright International’s four pillars is Celebrate & even in the midst of adversity, we hold space at our gala and through our awards to commemorate the resilience & victories of a vibrant & brave LGBTIQ global movement. We celebrate LGBTIQ activists everywhere & we thank activists like Billy Porter & BeBe Zahara Benet for lending us their talents, voice & platform to help us keep pushing for change.” 

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