Gay City News Impact Awards by VillageCareMAX

November 9, 2022, 6:00 pm, ET

Russo's on the Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens, NY 11414

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Gay City News and Schneps media will be hosting the seventh annual Gay City News Impact Awards Presented by VillageCareMAX honoring individuals who have made a difference in the queer community in New York City and beyond. The event is a celebration of their achievements, talent, strength, vision and heart.The annual event recognizes dozens of LGBTQ leaders as well as allies — from grassroots activists to national executives — across a range of fields such as advocacy, the arts, business, entertainment, literature, and more.

To nominate or learn more about sponsorship please Contact Amanda Tarley, Gay City News Events Director.
[email protected]  or call 718 249 9640


Adam Brecht

Wolfgang Busch

Art From The Heart LLC

Savannah Lauren CRC

Community Healthcare Network

Chris Cabrera


Leslie Cagan

Social Justice & Peace Organizer & Author

Apicha Community Health Center

The Asian and Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV-AIDS (APICHA)

William Colón

New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG)

Michael Conwill

The Stonewall Chorale

Kenneth Courtney Jr

Courtney Creative PR and Consulting

Robert Croonquist

Youth Arts New York

Mark Finley

The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS)

Mauricio Fino

Friend's Tavern & Viva La Heights Bar

Ben Garcia

The American LGBTQ+ Museum

Jon Robert Del Giorno

Pitta Bishop & Del Giorno LLC

Denise Hinds

Good Shepherd Services

Roderick L. Jones

Goddard Riverside & The Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center

John Kaliabakos

Village Apothecary

Fred Karger

First openly gay major-party candidate for President

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

Burt Lazarin

Identity House & Community Board 4

Evie Litwok

Witness to Mass Incarceration

Barbara J. Love

Author & Activist/Veteran Feminists of America

Sir Shefik Macauley


Velsanel Veguilla aka Sophya Medina

Hispanic AIDS Forum - Latino Pride Center and Drag Queen

Desmond Napoles

Be Amazing NYC

Leandro E. Rodriguez Ramos

Latino Commission on AIDS

Félix Rodríguez

Clandestino Productions Inc.

Paul Schindler

Gay City News

Tom Shanahan

Thomas D. Shanahan, P.C. - Sober Active NYC

Charles Hughes & Richard Solomon

Lambda Lounge & Lambda Vodka

Sean Strub

Ralph Wilson

Live Out Loud

Michael Zegarski

The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS)


Gay City News Impact Awards

Great job! It was a great event.

Jeffrey LeFrancois

Executive Director
Meatpacking District Management Association

Gay City News Impact Award

This event was always great and we’re so happy to be part of it, but last night you really pulled out all the stops. The red carpet, the awesome video, the music, the incredible venue, the food and drink, the smooth and efficient flow… all noticed and all impressive.

Keith Klein

Chief Creative Office
MSA Marketing

Gay City News Impact Awards

Thank you for hosting an amazing event, well executed and quite impactful indeed!! Cheers to Team Schneps!! Awesome photos lasting memories for sure.

Ralph C. Bumbaca

Senior Vice President
TD Bank

Gay City News Impact Awards

Thank you so much! Congratulations on organizing such a great event! We appreciate the opportunity to work in partnership with Schneps Media and Gay City News, and we’re so delighted that you honored Reggie for all the great work he does in the community.

Teri Wade

Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Amida Care

Gay City News Impact Awards

THANK YOU! It was a room packed with love.

Floyd Rumohr

Brooklyn Community Pride Center


5:00 pm ET

VIP Honoree Networking Hour

VIP Hour for Honorees have an opportunity to meet one another and network with sponsors before the rest of the guests arrive. Drinks and Hors D’oeuvres will be served. Photographer will be taking pictures to be featured in print and digital editions.

6:00 pm ET

Guests arrive

Guests arrive to meet, celebrate and connect with our honorees and sponsors. Drinks and food will be served as all attendees meet and connect.

7:00 pm ET

Award presentation

A high energy, fun award ceremony where honorees are presented their Award.

Matt Tracy, Editor in Chief, Gay City News

8:00 pm ET

Raffles are Announced

100% of the evening's raffle proceeds go to a local cause.

8:30 pm ET

Event Concludes



TD Bank

Breed Evolution

Apicha Community Health Center

East Midtown Partnership

Miss Jessie's Original

Village Apothecary

Get In Touch

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General Inquiries

Schneps Events Team

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Sponsorship Inquiries

Schneps Events Team

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