TO HONOR JOEL KIM BOOSTER, FRAN DRESCHER, LAITH ASHLEY, AND
PRIDE 365 AT THE INAUGURAL INTERPRIDE GLOBAL GALA ON APRIL 29
InterPride Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary with Inaugural
Global Gala Hosted by Jai Rodriguez with Special Performances
by Deborah Cox and Coco Montrese
the non-profit organization that licenses the iconic WorldPride™
brand, announced today that it will honor Joel Kim Booster,
Fran Drescher, Laith Ashley, and Pride 365 at the inaugural
InterPride Global Gala for their collective efforts in bringing
LGBTQ+ issues into the cultural consciousness. The inaugural
InterPride Global Gala, hosted at the Avalon Hollywood Theater
and Bardot Lounge on April 29, 2023, will bring together LGBTQ+
icons and activists to celebrate InterPride’s 40 years of activism
and education. Tickets for the fundraiser gala can be purchased
“InterPride's inaugural Global Gala celebrates 40 years of bringing
visibility to LGBTQ+ communities across the globe. This year,
we're acknowledging community icons, allies, and activists who
represent the spirit of InterPride – bringing LGBTQ+ issues
to the forefront by living authentically,” shared InterPride
Co-Presidents Natalie Thompson and Hadi Damien. “Joel Kim Booster,
Fran Drescher, Laith Ashley, and Pride 365 are being recognized
for having gone above and beyond by providing immeasurable support
to the community throughout their careers.”
Joel Kim Booster
Kim Booster, best known for writing, producing, and starring
in Fire Island, will be honored with the InterPride
Spotlight Award for bringing the AAPI LGBTQ+ community into
the spotlight and increasing visibility. Joel is a Los Angeles-based
stand-up comedian, writer, and actor who was named one of TIME100’s
Next 2022 as an emerging advocate and creative and was simultaneously
named one of Variety’s Screenwriters to Watch. He has been recognized
as one of The Queer Young Comics Redefining American Humor by
the New York Times and recently starred in the Apple
TV+ hit comedy Loot. He will next be seen in season 2
of Loot, premiering later this year.
icon, actor, and ally Fran Drescher will be honored with
the InterPride Ally Award for her support of the LGBTQ+
community. Fran is best known for her portrayal of the beloved
Fran Fine in the hit television series The Nanny, which
she starred in, created and executive produced. The series also
garnered her two Golden Globe and two Emmy Award nominations.
As an accomplished author, Fran penned the two-time New York
Times best-selling book Enter Whining and received
the prestigious NCCS Writer’s Award for her autobiographical
New York Times bestseller Cancer Schmancer in
which she bravely shares her personal journey through her battle
with cancer. As Founder, President and Visionary of her non-profit,
The Cancer Schmancer Movement, she focuses on three prongs to
fight the disease: Early Detection, Prevention, and Advocacy.
Some of CSM’s accomplishments include Fran Vans, which provide
free mammograms to low-income women who are underserved or uninsured,
the Detox Your Home Program educates American families on how
to reduce their risk through healthy living and WTF (We The
Future), which educates, motivates and empowers young people
for a call to action with the CSM agenda. In September of 2021,
Fran was elected national president of SAG-AFTRA, the largest
entertainment labor union in the world and a proud member of
the AFL-CIO. She is known as an outspoken defender of civil
liberties, diversity, and inclusion. A long-time champion for
LGBTQIA+ civil liberties, Fran has been honored with the Human
Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award and the Stonewall
and Liberty Bell Awards for her advocacy and activism.
will honor Laith Ashley with the InterPride Trailblazer
Award for his work in raising awareness around issues facing
the transgender community throughout his career and beyond.
Laith is a celebrated singer-songwriter, model, actor, and activist
who launched his career with a campaign for Barneys New York
in February 2014. In 2017, he was the first transgender man
to be featured in a Diesel clothing campaign and in 2020 became
one of the faces of the Abercrombie FIERCE campaign-- cultivating
a successful modeling career. Laith released trans masculine
anthem 'Like Me' in 2018 and in 2023, he served as the male
lead in Taylor Swift’s “Lavender Haze” music video.
LGBTQ+ organization Pride
365 will be honored with the InterPride Champion
Award for its efforts in protecting LGBTQ+ workers around
the world. InterPride’s global partner, Pride 365 inspires organizations
to meet the highest standards of inclusion, culture and equality
all year round. The organization is at the forefront of creating
a world where everyone can be their true and authentic selves
and is made up of certified partners who make a public pledge
on how they will improve the lives of the LGBTQ+ community in
the workplace and contribute to the community in the wider society.
The InterPride Global Gala will be emceed by Emmy Award winner
Jai Rodriguez and will feature special performances by Deborah
Cox and Coco Montrese with DJ Nica Ricci spinning as DJ throughout
the evening. The evening will be full of music, dance, and stories
in honor of the organization’s efforts to advance the global
Pride movement and bring social and cultural equity to communities
across the globe.
For decades, InterPride has worked to achieve legal, social,
and cultural equity, and to contribute to the visibility and
inclusion of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities
and expressions, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) communities
through the global Pride movement. The organization does this
by helping connect, grow, and support Pride platforms globally.
Following a successful WorldPride™ in Sydney, Australia, the
organization will continue its mission in connecting the LGBTQIA+
community with the next WorldPride™ in Washington, DC in 2025,
followed by WorldPride™ Amsterdam in 2026. InterPride’s global
presence provides safe spaces and resources for the LGBTQIA+
community to thrive.
The InterPride Global Gala is being produced by Los Angeles-based
live event and entertainment agency JJLA.
Tickets for the Gala can be purchased at the link HERE.
To learn more about Gala Sponsorship opportunities please visit
the link HERE.
InterPride brings together Pride organizations from around the
world, as well as regional, national, and local Pride networks,
therefore contributing to the global coordination of Pride efforts.
InterPride has over 375 member organizations in over 70 countries.
Its work impacts millions worldwide through our members. InterPride
is also the owner and licensor of the WorldPride™ brand, and
The Global Voices of Pride Podcast, the official podcast powered