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Lambda Legal National Liberty Awards

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 30: (L-R) Actors Lea DeLaria, Selenis Leyva and Abigail Savage of “Orange is the New Black” attend the Lambda Legal 2018 National Liberty Awards at Pier 60 on April 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Lambda Legal)

Last night in New York, Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBT legal organization, hosted the 2018 National Liberty Awards, honoring former Lambda Legal attorney and founder of Freedom to Marry, Evan Wolfson. The Liberty Awards National Dinner honors advocates, activists and allies in the fight for LGBT equality.

The event held at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers was hosted by Orange is the New Black actress, Lea DeLaria and featured presenter and fellow Orange cast mate, Selenis Leyva who spoke of the advancements of LGBT equality and the personal significance it has had on her and her sister, Marizol,  a transgender Latina model, cook and activist. Guests were treated to a special live performance by Nathan Lee Graham, as well as Kim Petras who kicked off the after-party and had guests on their feet.

Other notable guests in attendances included, John Cameron MitchellAbigail Savage, Justin Mikita, NYC Council Speaker Corey JohnsonRyan Tarpley, Jeffrey Marsh, Lambda Legal CEO Rachel B. Tiven and more.

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. Valerie was a veteran 17-year member, and one of the "chief organizers” of the prestigious and long running, TCA: Television Critics Association’s press tour. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers of the association. TCA press tours are “a must” for hundreds of TV critics twice a year, in Beverly Hills and in Pasadena.