Curve Honored at NCLR Gala
On Saturday, May 1st, the National Center For Lesbian Rights (NCLR) celebrated their 33rd Anniversary, despite rumors that the event would be canceled due to the economic climate.
Along with Wolfe Video, Curve magazine was awarded the Outstanding Community Partner award for 2010. Kate Kendall—executive director of NCLR—presented the award to our publisher Franco Stevens, who gave a brief, but heartfelt acceptance speech.
“It was an honor having Curve receive such a prestigious award on behalf of the community,” states Florinda Enriquez, Curve’s director of operations.
Among the star-studded guest list were Jane Lynch and her fiancée, Dr. Lara Embry, singer/songwriter Cris Williamson and Vickie Randall, the only female to ever be a part of Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show Band.
Constance McMillan, who was denied the right to attend her school’s prom, and Ceara Sturgis, who was denied the right to wear a tux at hers, (both from Mississippi) were also in attendance, along with Will Phillips—the 10-year-old West Fork Elementary School student from Arkansas who refused to say the United States Pledge of Allegiance because of the LGBT community’s lack of basic rights have under our government.
Musical performances by Cris Williamson and Vicki Randal helped round out the festivities, and the formal award ceremony was followed by a dinner and silent auction at the posh Marriott Marquis hotel, and then an NCLR anniversary party across the street at the City View Metreon.