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NYC: LGBT All-GALA Dinner, Readings & Film Clip at People-We have the Whole Restaurant!
written by Natasha, 7/26/13 5:00am
edited by Natasha, 4/4/14 6:40pm

Please join us for an LGBT All-GALA Dinner & Readings at People (Pan-Asian), for an hour of passed appetizers (to 7:30 pm), readings by Donna Minkowitz (Yale '85), Joel Derfner plus a film clip and a buffet dinner. Cost $30 (advance), $40 at the door.

Please join us for an All-GALA Dinner, Readings and Film Clip at People -- We have the Whole Restaurant for the event!

People serves Pan-Asian food.  We will have an hour of passed appetizers, two readings, a film clip from an upcoming documentary plus a buffet dinner.

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 - 9:00 pm.  
Passed appetizers 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
Program upstairs at 7:30 pm
Buffet dinner served downstairs about 8:30 pm, followed by coffee & light dessert

Program: We will have 2 readings and a film clip.  The artists will be available afterwards for questions and dinner with the group.

1. Yale GALA's own Donna Minkowitz (Yale '85) will read from her new book Growing up Golem: How I Survived My Mother, Brooklyn and Some Really Bad Dates.

2. Harvard / NYU’s Joel Derfner will read from his new book Lawfully Wedded Husband: How My Gay Marriage Will Save the American Family.

3. And Elegance Bratton (Columbia) will show clips from the upcoming documentary Pier Kids: the Life (early 2015 release, ), about 3 gay and transgendered kids who were kicked out of their homes for their sexuality and have become, like Elegance once was, homeless on Christopher Street.  Elegance was previously a photograher and filmmaker for the US Marine Corps, documenting humanitarian aid work in Southeast Asia.  

Cost: $30 in advance through PayPal, $40 cash at the door.

Includes appetizers, dinner and coffee with a light dessert.  Cash bar. 
(Princeton students with ID pay $20 at the door. FFR/Princeton BTGALA donates $10/student)

RSVP Appreciated: 
To prepay at the $30 discounted rate, visit

The $30 pre-paid rate is available through noon on Wednesday, April 9th.
The cost to pay at the door is $40.  


People is at 163 Allen Street, NYC.

Thanks to Shawn Cowls of FFR/Princeton BTGALA for organizing this event!
Co-hosted by Yale GALA and HGLC (Harvard's LGBT Caucus). 

More info:

We are very excited to have author Donna Minkowitz (Yale GALA)!  She will be reading from her memoir "Growing up Golem: How I Survived My Mother, Brooklyn and Some Really Bad Dates," which Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Terry Bisson called "rich and wild, dark and funny, fearless as her legendary journalism and as scary as a fairy tale." Minkowitz won a Lambda Literary Award for her first memoir, Ferocious Romance, about her experience covering the Christian right. A columnist on LGBT politics and culture for the Village Voice for eight years, Minkowitz has also written for the New York Times Book Review, Salon, The Advocate, and New York magazine. She once disguised herself as a sixteen-year-old right-wing evangelical boy to write about the Promise Keepers for Ms. According to director Kimberly Peirce, an article she wrote in the Village Voice was the inspiration for the movie Boys Don't Cry."

We're also excited to have author Joel Derfner (Harvard / NYU)! He will be reading from his new book "Lawfully Wedded Husband: How My Gay Marriage Will Save the American Family." Joel is a writer, composer, knitter, step aerobics instructor, and (former) go-go boy in NYC.  He is the author of "Gay Haiku" and "Swish; My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever" (forthcoming 2008). He also composed the score to "Blood Drive" (book and lyrics by Tony-Award winning bookwriter Rachel Sheinkin), which has been produced by the Bridewell Theater in London, and the score to "Terezin" (book by Peter Ullian, lyrics by Len Schiff), for the Village Theater in Seattle. He has written songs for shows by the 52nd Street Project, the Prospect Theater Company, and the Washington Shakespeare Company. He is an alumnus of the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at New York University, where he is now on the faculty, and a Harvard alum.  

And as a special treat, Elegance Bratton (Columbia) will be showing clips from Pier Kids: The Life ( a documentary he's been making the past three years. The film follows Elegance over the course of three years as he filmed three gay and transgender youth of color who, after being kicked out of their home for their sexuality, have become, like Elegance once was, homeless on the same street the Gay Rights Movement began so long ago. The film will be released in early 2015. Before studying at Columbia, Elegance was a photographer and filmmaker for the United States Marine Corps documenting humanitarian aid work in Southeast Asia. 


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