Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will present the Congressman Gerry E. Studds Award to Congressman Barney Frank as Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline, Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach and State Treasurer Steve Grossman look on. A number of state senators and representatives and members of the Boston City Council will round out the “who’s who” of notable political figures expected at the event.
Comedian Kate Clinton will emcee the evening’s program, and Boston-based funk, soul and disco powerhouse Booty Vortex and Jim Clerkin, better known as, Gay Jim from the KISS 108 Matty in the Morning show, will round out the evening’s entertainment.
The Men’s Event program:
- 6 – 6:45 p.m. – VIP Reception in the Marriott’s 3rd floor atrium
- 6:30 p.m. – Ballroom doors open
- 7 p.m. – Pre-dinner program including welcome from Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino & live auction
- 7:30 p.m. – Dinner is served
- 8:30 p.m. – Post-dinner program including presentation of the Studds Award to Congressman Barney Frank
The Congressman Gerry E. Studds Award is given at The Men’s Event to honor individuals of integrity and selflessness who embody the spirit of service and provide positive leadership for the LGBT community. Congressman Studds represented southeastern Massachusetts in the U.S. Congress from 1973 to 1997 and became the first openly gay Member of Congress in 1983 when he proudly acknowledged his sexual orientation standing on the congressional floor. The Congressman Gerry E. Studds Award is given at each year’s Men’s Event in honor and memory of Studds, who passed away in October 2006.
The 2012 Men’s Event will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The Men’s Event is a black-tie fundraiser for Fenway Health that brings together more than 1,300 gay, transgender and bisexual men and their friends and supporters for a night of dinner and dancing. This year’s event is made possible thanks to the hard work of event chairs Jeff Dugan, Scott Kearnan and David Zimmerman, as well as the support of our generous corporate sponsors.
For more than forty years, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population. The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues. Fenway’s Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center cares for youth and young adults ages 12 to 29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else, including those who are LGBT or just figuring things out; homeless or living on the streets; struggling with substance use or abuse; sex workers; or living with HIV/AIDS.