We are so excited to honor the tireless work of these community leaders, activists, and legends in our community.
Sherry Vine, is a drag legend with almost 30 years under her sequined belt. Sherry tours the world with her all live singing, hilarious comedy shows, starred and wrote the variety show, She’s Living for This (now on Hulu), can be seen in numerous movies and TV shows, is a founding member of Theatre Couture, and is a YouTube sensation where her video parodies have been viewed over 18,000,000 times.
Tom Duane, became the first openly gay and openly HIV+ member of the NYC Council in 1991. At the time he also became the first candidate for public office in the nation elected who ran a campaign while being open about an HIV positive status. In 1998, Tom became the first openly gay New York State Senator and the state legislature’s first openly HIV positive member. Local Law 49, spearheaded by City Council Member Duane 30 years ago, provided for mandated services for men and women living with HIV/AIDS in New York City. Senator Duane has successfully spearheaded many important bills during his legislative career, including introducing New York’s Marriage Equality Act in 2001 and championing it until its passage and enactment in 2011.
Elena Mosley, is the director of Operation Unite, New York, Inc. for twenty-seven years and thirteen years as one of Columbia County’s Civil Service Commissioners. Mrs. Mosley’s advocacy for equality can be summed up in her efforts to support students going to college, increase cultural awareness, community service, civic engagement and expression through the arts.