40th Anniversary Gala

New York, NY • November 13th, 2017

Astraea 40th Anniversary Gala

Join us in celebrating forty years of lesbian feminist activism on November 13th 2017, with an evening of art, music, food, and righteous community in New York City!

Together we will honor leaders from across the four decades whose commitment, passion, and work inspire others and meaningfully advance LGBTQI justice in our communities and around the world. Funds raised from this event will support Astraea’s mission to provide critical resources to LGBTQI grassroots activists and organizations across the globe.

The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts
172 Norfolk Street
New York, NY 10002
6:30pm - 9:30pm EST*

*After party featuring special guests including DJ Rimarkable to follow from 9:30pm to 12:30am. All regular and VIP gala tickets come with entry to the after party. Separate after party tickets are also available for those not attending the main gala for $75.

Celebrating the leaders, activists, and community organizers from across four decades who make our movement stronger.


Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization focused exclusively on advancing LGBTQI human rights in the U.S. and around the globe.

We are a multi-gendered, multi-racial, multi-identity organization that grew from a lesbian feminist vision, and are deeply committed to securing rights for all and upholding strong values such as self-determination, community empowerment, movement building, and connection across issues and generations.

Our 40-Year History

In 1977, a small group of indomitable women gathered around a kitchen table in New York City and said, “if there’s going to be a women’s movement that prioritizes the needs of lesbians and women of color, we’re going to have to fund it ourselves.” And that’s what they did.

I love Astraea and I'm proud to be a part of it. I believe it's in excellent hands and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes for its next 40 years.

Former Astraea Board Member


Ise Bosch Transformative Philanthropy Award

Ise Bosch

Kobi Conaway & Andrew Owen

Naomi Sobel

Visionary Activist Award

Katherine Acey

Indyra Mendoza

Joo-Hyun Kang

Tickets and Sponsorship

Tickets to the gala begin at $250. Opportunities to sponsor a ticket for activists who would not be able to attend without your support are also available. For more information, contact Sally Troncoso at 212.810.4155 or stroncoso@astraeafoundation.org.

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, click here. To find out more about placing tributes and advertising in our program, click here.
To purchase sponsorships or tickets online, use the button below.

Host Committee

Judene Walden*, co-chair

Cynthia Rothschild, co-chair


Katherine Acey

Carol Alpert

Bruce Cohen & Gabe Catone

Will Cordery* & Edgar Villanueva

Ryan Li Dahlstrom*

Donna Daniels, Ph.D.

Trishala Deb

Mesha & Jess Fogel

Katherine Franke & Janlori Goldman

Katherine Grainger

YK Hong

Amy Horowitz

Darla Kashian & Sam Grosby


Claire Lucas & Judy Dlugacz

Jarrett Lucas

Laini Madhubuti

Melissa Madzel & Amalia Cuadra

Ben Francisco Maulbeck

Aisha & Danielle Moodie-Mills

Luisa Ortiz Perez & Ulysses de la Torre

Leanne Pittsford & Pia Carusone

Nitika Raj

Robin Rosenbluth & Tracy Scott

Rachel Rosenfelt

Jessica Rothberg & Melanie Hope

Bina & Martine Rothblatt

Jane Saks & Emma Ruby-Sachs

Michael Seltzer & Ralph Tachuk

Rose Sias

Linda Villarosa & Jana Welch

Meredith Whittaker

Lisa Yancey

*Current Astraea board members


Levi Strauss Foundation Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foundation for a Just Society RBC Wealth Management Lagunitas Brewing Company amalgamated bank

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

It’s fair to say that Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is quite literally putting a new face on philanthropy.

Kenrya Rankin Naasel, Fast Company
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