Photo: Photographed by Kevin Tachman
Time and again, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has proven itself a force to be reckoned with. Not only does it offer a host of support services and wellness programs to the community, but, as shown last night, it can even convince a pack of New York’s most dapper partygoers to step out for a fundraiser on a chilly, snowy Sunday evening. Kola House hosted the festivities, with all ticket proceeds going toward The Center’s ongoing programs. “It came together really quickly, but I think it’s a success,” said The Center’s executive director Glennda Testone.
The guest list was a cool range of The Center’s supporters, from RJ King and Pippa Cohen, to Instagram stars Paolo Fanoli and Paul Margolin. Chelsea Leyland deejayed, and it didn’t hurt that Baja East boys-about-town John Targon and Scott Studenberg were on the host committee. They turned more than a few heads when they strolled into the party with models Ophélie Guillermand, Riley Montana, and Duckie Thot on their arms—all decked out in Baja East, of course. “It’s like, for the first time ever, I didn’t have to think about what I was going to wear to the party,” said Studenberg. The weather outside was frightful, but his cream-color layers of cashmere seemed pretty delightful. “I love a Sunday night party,” said Targon. “Everyone’s in a better mood, almost. I love making a Sunday feel like a Wednesday.”
Targon made a good point—the crowd seemed to be in the holiday spirit as they posed for festive group pictures in a photo booth, compared holiday plans, and caught up over the usual rounds of gossip and party fodder. But make no mistake about it. It wasn’t just another party that brought these people out on a Sunday night. It was their unity behind a common cause, The Center’s mission. “There are so many amazing people that have passed through and supported The Center lately,” Testone told us. “I think it’s because people are fired up with what’s been going on in politics. It’s really inspiring.”