Point Foundation (Point), the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit, honored celebrity photographer Nigel Barker with the Point Courage Award and The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. with the Point Inspiration Award on Monday, April 15.
Point Honors New York was attended by celebrities, champions of the LGBTQ community, as well as recipients of the prestigious scholarship. Actor, singer, chef and E! News Correspondent David Burtka who was the host for the evening.
Celebrity guests included Emmy and Tony Award winner and star of “Dallas” Judith Light; star of “How I Met Your Mother” Neil Patrick Harris; author and award winning star of “The Breakfast Club” Ally Sheedy; civil rights activist and best-selling author David Mixner; MSNBC News Anchor Thomas Roberts; star of “In Between Men” Margot Bingham; Emmy Award nominated and star of “Mad Men” Cara Buono; Award winning WPIX News Anchor Tamsen Fadal; and actress, radio DJ and television personality Alani (La La) Anthony. Performances by Andy Kelso and Timothy Ware of Broadway’s Kinky Boots were a part of the evening of cocktails and dinner, which also featureed current Point Scholars and Point Alumni.
“Building a more inclusive and equitable society comes by finding common bonds with allies, and Nigel Barker is a courageous straight ally of the LGBTQ community,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and CEO of Point Foundation. “In all of Nigel’s philanthropic efforts – combating HIV/AIDS, focusing on the people of Haiti or saving wildlife – he brings attention to people fighting for empowerment. Currently Nigel is focusing his lens on a key figure in LGBTQ rights advocacy and a great friend of Point: David Mixner. We are honored both men were honored at our New York Point Honors event.”
World Liberty TV’s LGBT team was on hand to interview Mr. Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and CEO of Point Foundation.