Last Thursday was the IFD Spring Fundraiser, hosted once again by the wonderfully accommodating Casa de Costa. A big thanks to our Host Committee for getting such a great turnout, Dirty Sugar Photography for adding so much fun with their pop-up photo booth, El Dorado Rum, Tito’s Vodka, and Brooklyn Brewery for sponsoring the event, and of course, the event photographer Christopher Gagliardi. The fundraiser was to help us with our next Community Spotlight, which will focus on the Elder LGBTQ Community. We still need more support to make it happen, so anything you can give will go a long way. Make a tax-deductible donation today. Continue Reading to check out the photos.
PHOTOS: NYC Spring Fundraiser
by Brandon Hines
Closeted Gay Athlete In Small Town Finds Hope in Will & Grace. “That Show Saved My Life.”
My name is Brandon Hines. I’m from Dublin, Georgia. When I was about, I would say 10 or so years old, I was very masc
Queer Woman Honors Friend’s Life By Coming Out And Living Fearlessly.
My name is Jina and I’m from Marietta, Georgia. When I was growing up in Marietta, which is this majority white conse
by Darshan Shah
“If My Personality Is Multifaceted, Why Can’t My Experiences Be?” Queer South Asian Embraces How He Doesn’t Fit Perfectly Anywhere.
Hi, I’m Darshan Shah. I’m from Lake Mary, Florida. It was my sophomore year at the University of Florida. New to co
After Coming Out to Filipino Immigrant Parents, Gay Man Learns to Stop Seeking Approval From Others.
I’m Justin Senense, and I’m from Abilene, Texas. I was raised under three pillars. I would say for a Filipino family, it was always food, then it was family, and then iI think in that moment with Elizabeth, the word anak shifted for me. I recognize I was always that son. And that being gay, loving a man, being something that my parents still had ...
“You’re My Child. I Want To Be There.” Iowa Mom Accompanies Daughter to Thailand for Gender-Confirming Surgery.
My name is Daye and I’m from Clear Lake, Iowa. Growing up in the country, back home, I always knew that I was different. And I remember at one point when I was 10, actuallyI couldn’t put it off any longer and I was living in Washington, DC at the time and I remember having so much nervous energy that I actually left my house and was pacing arou...
Gay Woman Leaves Gendered Uniforms & Homophobic Colleagues Behind for a More Welcoming Workplace.
I’m Leoni Terblanche from Pretoria, South Africa. Ever since I remember when I was a child, my mom put me in dresses, until age six, where I started making my own decisionsI was able to thrive discovering this beautiful, diverse and inclusive culture that we have over here. I met with my beautiful wife that I married. I was able to find jobs that I l...