Film by Rashaad Ernesto Green ’00 about Transgender Teen A Hit At Sundance

Gun Hill Road, a film written and directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green ’00, premiered to a sold-out crowd and standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

Set on the titular Bronx thoroughfare, Gun Hill Road is about the struggles of a sensitive, transgender teen (Harmony Santana), his patriarchal father (Esai Morales) and supportive but passive mother (Judy Reyes). Learn more about the film on its website,, and more about Green here.

Intercollegiate Ivy LGBTQ Happy Hour in Boston

WHEN: Thursday, February 17, 5-8 PM

WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe, 22-24 Clinton St., Boston, MA

Join us for an evening of relaxing fun at the Hard Rock Cafe! Free pool on their brand new pool tables and complimentary hors d’oeuvres — say no more. Buy one/get one free appetizers for anyone who would like to order food outside of the complimentary offerings.

For more information , click here.

All Out Bundle Up – An Intercollegiate LGBTQ Happy Hour

Co-hosted by DGALA, Brown TBGALA, PennGALA and Yale GALA

WHEN: Wednesday, February 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Vlora, 545 Boylston St., Boston, MA

COST: No cover. Pay for your own beverages and food. Some free appetizers will be provided courtesy of Vlora.

RSVP: Requested, but not required, by Feb. 16. RSVP now.

We invite all of our Ivy League, Seven Sisters, MIT, NYU, Stanford, Tufts, & Amherst LGBT friends. Alumni, faculty, staff, and students that are over 21 are welcome.

Thanks to our hosts, Bill Barnert of Brown TBGALA, Shounak Simlai & Jesse Beach of DGALA, Donna Albino of Mount Holyoke Lyon’s Pride, Bill Burdick of PennGALA, and Zen Chuang of Yale GALA.

10th Annual Lambda Legal “Freedom to Marry” Event in Chicago

WHEN: Tuesday, February 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
WHERE: The National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL

For the last ten years, Lambda Legal has hosted the “Freedom to Marry” Gala. After this year’s passage of the Illinois Civil Unions Bill, the tenth anniversary of Freedom to Marry is sure to be an energetic celebration.

There will be food, cake-cutting, entertainment, and liquor. Freedom to Marry 2011 is a free event and open to the public. This year guests will also be invited to participate in a secret Valentine game. Guests can pick up a number from our Cupid station. If another guest wants to say hello, or send a nice message over, there will be valentines available that Cupid will be delivering throughout the night.

To RSVP for the event: 1) Contact Simon Aronoff at Lambda Legal either by email or at (312) 663-4413 ext. 327, AND 2) email William Boulware ’90 so that he can give you the scoop on where to meet the DGALA group.

Brian Ellner ’92 Works for Marriage Equality

Brian Ellner ’92 is currently running the HRC’s Campaign for New York Marriage. The goal: to “win marriage equality quickly in New York and provide much needed momentum to the federal marriage lawusuits and other state efforts.”

He’s also launched New Yorkers for Marriage Equality, which is filiming 30 second spots with iconic New Yorkers stating “I’m a New Yorker and I Support Marriage Equality” followed by a personal sentence or two on why (the videos are being filmed by Break Thru Films, a production company belonging to Annie Sundberg ’92). Thus far, Barbara Bush, Mira Sorvino, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Fran Drescher, Ethan Hawke, Moby, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Meloni, Tom Colicchio, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kenneth Cole, Bobby Kennedy Jr., Reverend Al Sharpton, John Slattery, Joan Rivers, Julianna Margulies, Sam Waterston, Edward Norton, Amanda Peet, David Chang, Andre Balazs, Daphne Ruben-Vega, Mayor David Dinkins, Mayor Ed Koch and Mark Ruffalo have signed on to participate.

For more information, or to watch the videos that have been released to date, visit