The Courage Awards 2023

Join us Thursday, October 19th for the 2023 Courage Awards.

The in-person event will kick off at 6PM with a VIP Reception, followed by a walking dinner and cocktails at Tribeca Rooftop. All attendees will come together at 7pm for the presentation of the Courage Awards.

Your gift to Courage supports AVP in the work of lifting up LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Meet your 2023 Courage Honorees

Qween Jean, Black Trans Activist & Costume Designer

Qween Jean is an NYC-based costume designer who has fully committed her voice to the advocacy of marginalized communities, emphasizing Black Trans people. Qween founded the Black Trans Liberation organization in 2020, where she’s organized community events, protests, and mutual aid drives to denounce the actions of a disenfranchised system and call for an end to racism and white supremacy.

Cameron Esposito, Comedian, Actor, and Host

An LA-based standup comic, actor, writer, and host, Cameron has appeared all across television, in addition to her work as a nationally-touring headliner. Her 2018 special “Rape Jokes,” a standup special about sexual assault from a survivor’s perspective, raised crucial funds for RAINN. In 2020, she released “Save Yourself,” a memoir that tackles sexuality, gender and equality. This year, she was the face of the 2023 SKITTLES Pride Campaign in partnership with GLAAD, Audible, and her podcast, QUEERY.

Our Lady J, Writer/Producer and Singer/Songwriter

Lady J is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer, best-known for her writing on Pose and Transparent. Before television, she toured the world performing as a singer/songwriter, as well as a collaborative pianist and musical director for pop, theatre, and classical music. She holds the honor of being the first out trans woman to perform at Carnegie Hall, as well as the first out trans writer to be hired in a television writers’ room.

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Where: Tribeca Rooftop 2 Desbrosses St, New York, NY 10013

When: Thursday, October 19th, 6pm – 10pm (6pm VIP reception, 7pm general admission)

Want to know more about Courage? Check out our recap post from last year’s awards.

Interested in sponsoring the event? Please see our Courage partnership page here.

Can’t join us and want to make a donation?