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"DARE TO BE": Gala Celebrating Immigrant Women, Trans, and GNC Leadership
Judson Memorial Church
New York, NY
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"DARE TO BE": Gala Celebrating Immigrant Women, Trans, and GNC Leadership
Saturday, July 13, 2019, 7PM

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square S, New York, NY, 10012
Wheelchair entrance at 243 Thomson St.

Ana Vera
Pamela Benitez

Cecilia Gentili
Alexis Torres Machado
Mori Samuels
Grecia Huesca Dominguez
Ballet Hermoso Amanecer

Ximena Ospina
Amanda Alcántara
Cecilia Gentili
Marleny del Cid
Tania Mattos
Dafne Murillo López

This year, we are celebrating those who dare to be. Women, trans, and gender non-conforming folks are at the forefront of the immigrants rights movement and yet so often our work is erased. We want to honor those who dare to be visible; those who fight for gender justice and immigrant justice; those who tear down binaries and borders.

Join us for a night of performances, speakers, and dancing. All tickets include dinner and open bar (21+). We will also be celebrating our most recent victory: the signing of the NY Dream Act into law. All proceeds benefit the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

All ages are welcome. Free admission for children 13 and under. Please reserve a free ticket if they require a seat.

Please contact us at if you would like to become a 2019 business or nonprofit sponsor.



CECILIA GENTILI started Transgender Equity Consulting and is on the steering committee of Decrim NY. Originally from Argentina, she previously served as the Director of Policy at GMHC and manager of the Transgender Health Program at Apicha. She is a board member for Transcend Legal and Translatina Network. She performs at storytelling and stand-up comedy events where she talks about her life experiences as a Latina transgender woman.

ALEXIS TORRES MACHADO, otherwise known as AyTieM, is a Newark based rapper and actor. His song "For My Immigrants" has been shared by major news outlets such as Now This and WNYC. Follow him on instagram @therealaytiem to check out his music.

GRECIA HUESCA DOMINGUEZ is a poet from Veracruz, Mexico and a proud New Yorker since 1999. She is currently a DACA recipient and a single mother to a 7-year-old. She is the founder of the Latinx Writers Collective, a collective that aims to provide community and writing resources to Latinx Writers.

MORI SAMUELS is a Jamaican woman who is passionate about writing poetry and baking. She is driven by the circumstances she has overcome and continues to use them as the parachute for her success.

BALLET HERMOSO AMANECER was created in early 2019. They are a cultural dance group showcasing traditional Mexican dances in New York City, with a vision to bring a little bit of Mexico to their audience through dance. They aim to build a space for folks to come together and celebrate their heritage through dance and community.


PAMELA BENITEZ of house YLC first of her name, Heir to nothing because of poverty, Queen of Memes and Sarcasm, Protector of snacks, the Mother of Turtles, the Khaleesi of the Great Concrete Sea, unafraid and unapologetic, and the breaker of iphone chargers

ANA VERA is a 16 year old youth organizer in New York.  She is a Core Member in-training at the New York State Youth Leadership Council and she hosted IYECON 2018. This year, she is back as the host for IYECON 2019! Ana was a participant of YLCs summer Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) in 2017. A year later, she went back to YEP 2018 as an alumni and facilitated a  workshop on story of self. Ana was part of the planning committee of our Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference. She also facilitated a workshop about Youth Organizing and was the host during IYECON 2019 . Other important facts about Ana that you must know is that she loves Pandas and likes to take naps. Her favorite Starbucks drink is a Pink Drink and she enjoys listening to Ariana Grande.


Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, New York, NY
New York, NY 10012
United States


Other > Charity
Other > Fundraisers
Social > LGBT

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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