The Courage Awards are an annual gala created to honor outstanding individuals whose work uplifts LGBTQ and HIV-affected community members and has made a profound impact on all our lives.

Our event will take place in Manhattan at Tribeca Rooftop, with a VIP reception from 6-7PM and event from 7-10PM. Come enjoy an open bar, walking dinner, mingle, and dance!


Ways to Support

Meet your 2023 Honorees

Cameron Esposito

Stand-up Comic, Actor, Writer, & 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.

Qween Jean

Black Trans Activist & NYC-based 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.

Our Lady J

Emmy-nominated Writer & Producer, 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.

& NYC LGBTQ+ Gathering Spaces

Our gathering spaces are essential to our community and identities. From our bars and dancefloors to spiritual spaces and community centers, gathering spaces for LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected folks in NYC are where we experience the most joy, the most safety, the most embodied in ourselves.


Your Support has Impact

Supporting LGBTQ+ New Yorkers

21,000+ reached through public advocacy and community engagement efforts across the 5 boroughs.

24/7 Hotline Support for Survivors

3,100 hotline inquiries received last year in English and Spanish.

Building Safety Nationwide

We’ve connected with more than 400 LGBTQ+ organizations and groups nationwide through our LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces campaign.