Ackerman Institute’s Gender and Family Project hosts a “Night of A Thousand Genders”!
On Monday, December 2, 2013, the Ackerman Institute’s Gender and Family Project hosted an incredible call for action and support of gender variant and gender non-conforming youth in its first ever “Night of A Thousand Genders” celebration at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater!
Jean Malpas, the Director of the Gender and Family Project, did not mince words when he spoke about the struggle that LGBT kids face in their lives. “Half of LGBT kids still experience negative reactions when they come out at home. 25-40% of homeless youth in NYC are LGBT identified and a quarter of these homeless youth are on the street because they have been kicked out of their homes. We know that family acceptance is a key protective factor. It dramatically decreases chances of mental health issues, school drop-out, substance abuse and suicide. It’s just the best prevention we know of.”
Jean and his production team (which included Manhattan Theater Club producer, Lisa McNulty, Tralen Doler, Ackerman Institute’s Adriana Londono, Topos Graphic’s Roy Rub, video producer Reda Cheraffadine, and committee chair Jane Rennert-Miller) worked tirelessly for the past year to create not only an evening to remember but to give every family with gender non-conforming children a chance to accessible care, love, and opportunities.
Sponsored by Logo TV and Delta Airlines, the event garnered the support of a host of celebrities and became a veritable who’s who of the LGBT community. Grammy Award winning composer Stephen Schwartz (of Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked) acted as Honorary Chair for the Night while acclaimed composer-lyricist Lance Horne served as Musical Director.
|Jean Malpas, Jane Rennert-Miller, and Roy Rub|
|Tralen Doler, Jean Malpas, Lisa McNulty|
|Lance Horne and Jean Malpas|
|Joan Rivers and Jean Malpas|
|Our Lady J|
|Justin Vivian Bond|