A Night of A Thousand Genders

Gender & Family Project Night of 1000 Genders 2018 Save the Date

Support transgender youth and families at The Gender & Family Project’s Sixth Annual Night of A Thousand Genders, an inspiring evening of performances and solidarity. Join us on Monday, April 8th 2019 at 6pm at the Edison Ballroom, NYC.

For questions about tickets, tables, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jane Rennert at 212.879.4900 ext. 156 or JRennert@ackerman.org

A Night of a Thousand Genders

Monday, April 8, 2019
The Edison Ballroom
240 W 47th St.
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Honorees

Honorees:

Aron Janssen
GFP Service Award

Aron Janssen, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the founder of the Gender and Sexuality Service at the NYU Child Study Center. The service, launched in 2011, was the first program within a department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry dedicated to gender affirming care. As director, Dr. Janssen spearheaded and oversaw its remarkable growth in serving hundreds of families, training over 2,000 medical and mental health providers, and supporting and pushing for public advocacy on the local, national and international levels.

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What started with one provider has now expanded to a network of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, surgeons, speech therapists and more, all with the cohesive mission of serving the needs of transgender and gender diverse youth. Leaving a tremendous team in place, Dr. Janssen will now be taking a new role at Northwestern University as the Vice Chair of Child Psychiatry at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Janssen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his M.D. from the University of Colorado. Prior to joining the NYU Child Study Center, he completed his general psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at NYU/Bellevue. Over the past 8 years, Dr. Janssen has served as the clinical director of the Gender and Sexuality Service, the co-director of the pediatric consultation-liaison service and as the chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Council at NYU Langone Health. He is an associate editor for Transgender Health, and on the working group for the WPATH Standards of Care. He has published and presented on transgender youth nationally, internationally and on television. His most recent book, Affirmative Mental Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth was published in 2018.

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
Gender Inclusivity Ally Award

Corey Johnson - Night of 1000 Genders 2019Corey Johnson was first elected to the City Council in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017 to represent Council District 3, which includes the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, the Meatpacking District, the Theater District, the Garment District, and more neighborhoods along Manhattan’s West Side. Corey was elected by his peers to serve as Council Speaker in 2018, making him the first openly gay, HIV+ man to hold the position.

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Raised in a union household where his mother, a homeless services provider, and his father, a Teamster, instilled in him the values of community service and political engagement, Corey came to national attention in 1999 when, as the captain of his high school football team, he took the courageous step of coming out publicly as gay. Corey’s actions landed him on the front page of the New York Times and he began telling his story to audiences of young people across the country. Soon after he would serve as chairperson of Manhattan’s Community Board 4, becoming the youngest person to chair a community board in the five boroughs.

Corey has earned a reputation as a tenacious advocate for all New Yorkers and as a leader who builds consensus to get things done at City Hall. In his first year as Speaker he lead the council in passing 165 of pieces of legislation, making 2018 one of the most active and productive starts to a council session. Under Corey’s leadership the Council passed some of the strictest sexual harassment prevention legislation in the country, expanded services for homeless and runaway youth, created a $3.8 million dollar LGBT Community Services and Trans Equity Program, and expanded protections for non-binary New Yorker’s by allowing for self-selection of a third gender option on birth certificates.


Jodie Patterson
Family Award

Jodie Patterson Jodie Patterson is a social activist, entrepreneur, and writer. She has been lauded for her activist work by Hillary Clinton, The Advocate, Family Circle, Essence, Cosmopolitan, and Yahoo!, among others. She sits on the board of a number of gender/family/human rights organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, and is a sought-after public speaker addressing a wide range of audiences about identity, gender, beauty, and entrepreneurship.

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Patterson was appointed by the United Nations as a Champion of Change and, perhaps most impressively, she is a former circus acrobat who performed in the Big Apple Circus. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she co-parents her five children with love, education, and family solidarity.


Dee TrannyBear and Deja Smith
Honorary Co-Chairs

Dee TrannyBear and Deeja Smith Night of 1000 Genders 2019

DDPRO is a concierge Hair, Makeup, and Image Consulting firm led by Dee TrannyBear and Deja “The Lady Deja” Smith. DDPRO’s aesthetic lies at the intersection of fashion, art, gender and performance; all of which continually influence this dynamic team. The company’s perspective is informed by the co-founders trans, ethnic and national identities. Deja, a descendant of American slavery, and Dee a recent American émigré of Italian descent from Germany, work together to attain the great “American Dream.”

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DDPRO integrates complex social and political themes to produce art with the goal of changing the narrative surrounding marginalized people, serving the queer community and shifting the beauty paradigm towards an authentically inclusive and affirming media.

DDPRO’s client roster is a mélange of unique individuals and game changers. These artists include, but certainly not limited to, actor/activist Laverne Cox, internationally acclaimed visual artist Kehinde Wiley and performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon.

Recent endeavors have led to crossover opportunities for the brand outside the world of makeup and hair styling. In May of 2018, Dee Trannybear represented the beauty of non-conformity as a model for the NYC PRIDE campaign. In September of the same year, Dee also served as a model for the 5th annual Dapper Q fashion show at the Brooklyn Museum. In addition, Deja was awarded the 2018 Callen-Lorde Community Health Center Transcendence Award for advocacy through her artivism for the TLGBQ+ community. Furthermore, Deja and Dee have also moderated and spoken on several panels regarding gender, violence, equity and equality for the Phluid Project, Dance/USA and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP).

DDPRO was thrilled to end the year in collaboration with Fluide Beauty on their “Chosen Family” holiday campaign. Equally exciting was starting 2019 with the self-produced “They Power” 10 page spread in Gay Times Magazine.


Asia Kate Dillon
Honorary Co-Chair

Asia Kate Dillon is a performer, writer and director residing in New York City. Recently cast in the role of Taylor, a non-binary gender identifying character in Showtime’s Billions, Dillon is the first non-binary gender identifying actor to ever be cast in a major television series. In addition to Billions, they* can be seen playing Brandy Epps in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

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Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, Dillon studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, graduating from the Studio Program. They then returned to Ithaca to complete the Meisner training program at The Actor’s Workshop of Ithaca (Dillon began during their junior year of high school at age sixteen, the youngest student ever admitted to the class). As an active alumni Dillon not only acted with the theater company, but also served as a teaching assistant and stage manager.

In 2011 Dillon took on the titular role of Rachel Corrie in My Name is Rachel Corrie. This role required Dillon to memorize over thirty monologues and play over seven alternate characters over the course of the one person show, which received rave reviews calling Dillon “absolutely magnetic.”

Dillon returned to New York City and was chosen from nearly one thousand actors to participate in a Workshop at The Flea Theater in Manhattan of fifty new plays by Tony and Academy award nominated and winning playwrights and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. This was followed by a featured role as Lucifer in The Mysteries, also directed by Iskandar. Following The Mysteries, Dillon traveled to Washington, D.C. to perform in The Tempest at The Shakespeare Theatre Company.

These strong performances led to television roles in Orange Is the New Black, Master of None, Younger and Billions. Dillon played the role of Albert Cashier in Good Men Wanted at Dixon Place, which would later host US – an evening of storytelling followed by a talkback, of which Dillon is the creator, curator and director. US puts a magnifying glass to racism in the United States using original and found text, audio and video footage to drive the #BlackLivesMatter conversation forward. In early 2016, they co-founded MIRROR/FIRE productions and currently serve as a Producing Director of the company.

For up to the minute information on Asia Kate Dillon please follow them on social media: @AsiaKateDillon on Twitter and @heeeysia on Instagram.

*Asia Kate Dillon uses the singular they pronoun for non-binary gender identification.


Tyler Ford
Honorary Co-Chair

Tyler Ford Night of 1000 Genders 2019Tyler Ford is an award-winning nonbinary advocate, writer, and speaker whose creative and critical writing on queer and trans identity inspires, comforts, and challenges a diverse spectrum of audiences. The former deputy editor of Condé Nast’s LGBTQ+ platform, them., and grand marshal of NYC Pride 2018, Ford’s sphere of influence is wide, reaching hundreds of thousands of people and helping LGBTQ+ folks feel more equipped to express themselves with confidence.


Adam Rippon
Honorary Co-Chair

Adam RipponAdam Rippon, Artist. Athlete. Activist. Adam Rippon is a combination of all three. One of the most dramatic figure skaters on the planet, Adam won the hearts of America and the world at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Known for his refreshing candor and wit, his rise to fame on the global stage has provided him with a platform to speak out in support of LGBTQ rights and the freedom to be oneself. His passion and charm have made him an inspiration to young and old alike and he has quickly become a role model and icon to millions.

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Named to the TIME 100 List of Most Influential People, Adam was one of just five honorees to toast at the star-studded gala. He was also named to AdWeek’s 100 Most Creative as one of 13 Celebrities Who Are Making Pop Culture More Innovative, Inclusive and Interesting, Forbes 30 Under 30; Bleacher Report’s Power 50: 2018’s Most Influential People in Sports Culture and OUT Magazine’s Power 50: The Most Influential Voices in LGBTQ America.

He has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with their Visibility Award, has supported the GLAAD Ambassadors Program through an online fundraising campaign, hosted the Trevor Project’s 20th anniversary gala, TrevorLIVE which raised more than $2 million (a record) and received a Proclamation from the NYC City Council LGBTQ Caucus in recognition of his ongoing advocacy work. He was most recently honored at the Matthew Shepard Foundation Annual Gala and received the 2018 Sports Hero Award from Attitude Magazine.

The oldest of six children from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Adam rose through the skating ranks, claiming the world junior title twice before winning the U.S. men’s title in 2016. He was named to his first Olympic team in 2018 at the age of 28.

Adam also made the bold decision to come out publicly in October 2015 in an interview with SKATING magazine which led him to become the first openly gay athlete to represent the United States in Olympic competition.

He has been featured on the covers of the New York Times Style section, ESPN’s Body Issue, The Washington Post Magazine, The Guardian’s G2 and OUT Magazine and celebrated in the pages of InStyle, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, People Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Paper, Elle, Cosmo and many more. His easy conversational style and sense of self have landed him appearances on TODAY, Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, The View and Live with Kelly and Ryan among others.

He has worked as a special correspondent for Good Morning America conducting celebrity interviews and covering red carpet events, traveled to Laramie, Wyoming to meet with LGBTQ youth for a feature on ABC’s Nightline and made his live theater debut in a benefit reading of The Laramie Project. He was a judge on the inaugural season of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) Juniors, after having won the DWTS: Athletes Mirrorball Trophy in May, had a cameo appearance on Will & Grace; and was a guest on Samantha Bee’s Christmas on I.C.E. holiday special. His memoir, Beautiful on the Outside, will be out on September 24, 2019 and is currently available for pre-order.


Geena Rocero
Honorary Co-Chair

Geena RoceroGeena Rocero, born and raised in Manila, Philippines, is a Model, Public Speaker, Producer, Trans Rights Advocate and co-host of the 2017 Webby Awards honoree TV Show ASPIREist, broadcasted on HLN/CNN.

On March 31, 2014, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero came out as transgender at the annual TED Conference, her viral talk has since been viewed more than 4 million times and translated in 32 languages. Geena is the founder of Gender Proud, a media production company that tells stories on what it means to be trans and gender non-conforming.

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She, with Gender Proud Productions produced and presented  “Beautiful As I Want to Be” on LogoTV highlighting trans youth, and received the 2016 GLAAD media Award. Gender Proud also produced “Willing and Able”, a 2017 GLAAD Media nominated web series about transgender employment with Fusion TV and worked with Fusion/Univision to produce a TV documentary about transgender athletes, “No League of Their Own” and won 2017 Association of LGBTQ Journalists Best in Health and Fitness Coverage.

Most recently, she co-executive produced the 2018 GLAAD Media awards nominated “Made To Model” a documentary on 9 Pioneers and Emerging trans model in collaboration with LogoTV, MTV and VH1.

Geena has spoken at the White House, World Economic Forum, United Nations, State Department, Fortune 500 Companies and been featured on E’s I am Cait, Magazine Cover of Candy Magazine, Vanity Fair: Trans America, Marriott’s #LoveTravels Campaign and CoverGirl Cosmetics #GirlsCan Campaign. She was on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar India.

On September 2018, published by Simon and Schuster, she contributed a chapter in the NY Times Bestseller book “American like Me” by with actress America Ferrera with contributors like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjani and many others.

She’s a board member of NY LGBT Center and An Ambassador for The Stonewall Inn. She has been featured in media publications such as CNN, Al Jazeera America, MSNBC, Today Show, NHK World Channel, HuffPost Live, New York Magazine, Mashable, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Elle, Entertainment Weekly, People, Variety, Take Part, The Advocate, MTV and others.


Bevy Smith
Honorary Co-Chair

Quintessential Harlem girl and life-long New Yorker Bevy Smith is the host of Sirius XM’s “Bevelations” on Radio Andy and since it’s debut in September 2017, she has been a Co-Host on “Page Six TV”. Bevy also shared her style insight on BET’s “Wendy’s Style Squad,” and for three seasons was showcased as moderator of Bravo TV’s revolutionary “Fashion Queens.”

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Once a wildly successful luxury fashion publishing exec, Bevy shifted her professional goals to pursue “Dinner With Bevy,” a social event connecting VIPs in fashion, style, entertainment and media at chic intimate dinner settings. The New York Times described Bevy as a “socialite and noted hostess.”
A beloved motivational speaker, brand ambassador and pop culture aficionado, Bevy is a frequent guest on an array of TV shows, including “The View,” “Good Morning America,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “The Real,” “Dr. Oz,” “CBS Morning Show” and “Access Hollywood.”

In addition to Bevy’s TV appearances, Smith has been an annual guest speaker at the National Urban League Conference; moderator for HBO panels at ABFF (American Black Film Festival); a presenter at both the SESAC Pop Music Awards and Alliance for Women in Media Luncheon, a guest speaker at the Urban League of Louisiana Women in Business Challenge and hosted “Unlocking your Superpower Through Vision Boarding” at the 2017 PowHERful Foundation’s New York City Enrichment Conference.
Bevy is never too busy to give back. For the past three years, she has hosted “Fashion for Action,” an annual fundraiser for Housing Works, a New York-based thrift store chain and advocacy group that helps find appropriate housing for people living with HIV and AIDS. In 2017, Smith was the recipient of Soledad O’Brien’s PowHERful Foundation’s Entrepenuer award and was also recently named Community Champion of AIDS Organization Harlem United. Additionally, Bevy is on the board of Cool Culture, a charity devoted to raising awareness among under-privileged children.

 

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Hosts & Performers

Performers:

Lance Horne
Musical Director

Lance Horne - Night of 1000 Genders 2019Lance Horne is a composer-lyricist who has performed alongside, composed, and/or provided arrangements for Alan Cumming, Liza Minnelli, Carol Channing, Kristin Chenoweth, Ricki Lake, Pink Martini, the von Trapps, Jake Shears/Scissor Sisters, Justin Bond, Sandra Bernhard, Ben Folds, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer/Dresden Dolls, Boston Pops, and toured the world with Meow Meow. He has performed for President Obama, the First Lady, and Queen Elizabeth.

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Lance has conducted return engagements at Sydney Opera House and international tours of Handel’s Messiah Rocks and Jekyll & Hyde. He co-music directed/co-arranged Prometheus Bound by Steven Sater and Serj Tankian and Cabaret starring Amanda Palmer, both at American Repertory Theatre. He contributed original material and arrangements to Vegas! The Show currently playing at Planet Hollywood Casino in Vegas, music directed the Sater/Sheik Alice by Heart for the National Theater in London, and provided the vocal arrangements for the Broadway production of Little Women. His debut album First Things Last released on Yellow Sound Label with concurrent concerts at Lincoln Center and on the West End. TV includes theme for The Ricki Lake Show (Fox) and multiple Macy’s Thanksgiving Parades (NBC). Lance received a daytime Emmy for Best Original Song; the Jonathan Larson Award; a Bistro Award for producing Alan Cumming’s album, I Bought a Blue Car Today; the ASCAP Foundation Jamie DeRoy Award for Emerging Songwriter; and an Interlochen Ovation Award. Lance is a Steinway Artist with BM, MM in Composition, at The Juilliard School.


Peppermint
Performer

PeppermintPeppermint made history as the First open Transwoman to originate a leading role on Broadway in the GoGo’s musical, Head Over Heels, was honored at Conde Nast’s First Annual “Queeroes” Awards, earned her place on Variety’s prestigious “New Power of New York” list, was named as one of Out magazine’s “OUT100” portfolio of the most influential LGBTQ people of the year and now New York Attorney General, Latitia James recognized her with an award for her work with the LGBTQ community.

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Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race know her as top 2 finalist from Season 9. An established entertainer and recording artist; she regularly performs to sold out crowds around the world. Albums include Hardcore Glamour, Servin’ It Up, Sugar & Spiked and Black Pepper available on iTunes and Google Play. Cast recording of the Go Go’s Musical, Head Over Heels is available on iTunes now.


Tonewall
Performer

Tonewall is the premier pop a cappella band of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Polished and charismatic, Tonewall performs uplifting anthems, classic tunes, and sexy hits from today’s artists—all with the unparalleled precision that is the hallmark of contemporary a cappella.

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They’ve performed everywhere from Yankee Stadium to City Hall, winning awards and accolades along the way. Tonewall’s message of diversity, inclusivity, body positivity and the need for all of us to stand up to advocate for social justice resonates in their profound commitment to the LGBTQ community.


Jaimie Wilson
Performer

Jaimie Wilson Night of 1000 Genders 2019Jaimie Wilson, also known as T-Boy, is one of the top influencers and artists in the LGBT community. His social media presence took off after sharing his female to male transition journey. In the process of transition he lost his family in Michigan and he almost lost his singing voice. In 2017 Jaimie received the Spirt of Matthew Award from the Matthew Shepard Foundation for his bravery in telling his transition story and for inspiring other families toward acceptance.

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In 2018 Jaimie released an original SELF duet, Everything is New, using pre and post transition vocals, which debuted during New York Fashion Week where he walked for designer Marco Marco.

Jaimie’s song We Won’t Be Erased was a musical response to the anti-trans memo from the Trump administration that was leaked to the press in October 2018. Billboard debuted the song and it has become an inspiration to the community who seek to live authentically.


After-Party:

DJ T-Boy
DJ

DJ T-BoyT-Boy is an LGBTQ DJ, performance artist and military veteran, originally from Miami, Fl. Star of documentary, Black Velvet, a feature length documentary by first time director Tobias Daniels, explores the life of one African American LGBTQ singer/rapper, T-Boy, as he struggles to survive in New York, his past in the pre “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Navy, and his niche fan base in Germany.


Mila Jam
After Party Performer

Mila Jam

NYC pop recording artivist & transgender superstar, Mila Jam fills every room with talent, personality & undeniable style.

A legendary YouTube Sensation turned original pop artist, Mila is known around the world for her unforgettable stage performances & one of a kind music videos.

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Mila has toured internationally with the Broadway musical RENT; performed alongside James Brown, Mark Ronson, Laverne Cox, Travis Wall, Jody Watley, Lady Kier(Deee-Lite) & Natasha Bedingfield. Appearances include the BBC’s The Lilly Allen Show, MTV & MTV NEWS with special features on The Hugffington Post, MTV.com, OUT.com & Perezhilton.com. She is the Odyssey Nightlife Awards Breakthrough Artist (2015), the GLAM Nightlife Awards Best Video & Dance Artist (2013) and the talk show host of an original YouTube Talk Show Series titled ‘I’m From Driftwood’.


Dee TrannyBear and Deja Smith
After Party Hosts

Dee TrannyBear and Deeja Smith Night of 1000 Genders 2019

DDPRO is a concierge Hair, Makeup, and Image Consulting firm led by Dee TrannyBear and Deja “The Lady Deja” Smith. DDPRO’s aesthetic lies at the intersection of fashion, art, gender and performance; all of which continually influence this dynamic team. The company’s perspective is informed by the co-founders trans, ethnic and national identities. Deja, a descendant of American slavery, and Dee a recent American émigré of Italian descent from Germany, work together to attain the great “American Dream.”

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DDPRO integrates complex social and political themes to produce art with the goal of changing the narrative surrounding marginalized people, serving the queer community and shifting the beauty paradigm towards an authentically inclusive and affirming media.

DDPRO’s client roster is a mélange of unique individuals and game changers. These artists include, but certainly not limited to, actor/activist Laverne Cox, internationally acclaimed visual artist Kehinde Wiley and performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon.

Recent endeavors have led to crossover opportunities for the brand outside the world of makeup and hair styling. In May of 2018, Dee Trannybear represented the beauty of non-conformity as a model for the NYC PRIDE campaign. In September of the same year, Dee also served as a model for the 5th annual Dapper Q fashion show at the Brooklyn Museum. In addition, Deja was awarded the 2018 Callen-Lorde Community Health Center Transcendence Award for advocacy through her artivism for the TLGBQ+ community. Furthermore, Deja and Dee have also moderated and spoken on several panels regarding gender, violence, equity and equality for the Phluid Project, Dance/USA and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP).

DDPRO was thrilled to end the year in collaboration with Fluide Beauty on their “Chosen Family” holiday campaign. Equally exciting was starting 2019 with the self-produced “They Power” 10 page spread in Gay Times Magazine.

 

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Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors:

Bank of America, Sponsor of Ackerman Institute's Gender & Family Project

 


Champion Sponsors:

Isabel Rose & Jeff Fagan Foundation, Sponsor of Ackerman Institute's Gender & Family Project

 

Alessandra Gouldner & Boyd Johnson

 


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