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JUDITH LIGHT TO RECEIVE 2019 ISABELLE STEVENSON TONY AWARD

Judith Light to Be Recognized for her Advocacy to End HIV/AIDS and Her Support for LGBTQ+ & Human Rights

 

The Tony Awards® Administration Committee has announced today that two time Tony Award (Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties) and two time Emmy Award-winning actress Judith Light will receive this year’s Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award.

 

The Isabelle Stevenson Award is presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. Ms. Light will receive the Award for her impassioned advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights.  

 

“To be so generously acknowledged by The American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League and the Tony Awards, and to be included with these outstanding individuals who have received this honor before me, has been one of the most extraordinary gifts I have ever received in my life. The HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities are inspirations and demonstrations of how to be and live in the world; courageous, honorable, and uplifting. They inspire me and it is my privilege to be of service to them. I am humbled by this recognition from my theatre family, whom I so respect, honor, and love,” said Ms. Light. 

 

Since the early days of the AIDS pandemic, Light has reacted to the divisive response towards the LGTBQ+ community by speaking out and aligning herself with numerous organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, GLAAD, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Project Angel Food, Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others.

 

Light’s commitment to each cause has come in various forms throughout the years. In 1993, she spoke at the LGBT March in Washington. In 1995, Light rode her bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the California AIDS Ride to support HIV/AIDS Programs for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. In 1996 she joined Elizabeth Taylor, who served as grand marshal, at the National Mall in Washington DC for the display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. In 1998, GLAAD recognized Light with the Vision Award for her dedication to fight HIV/AIDS alongside the LGBTQ+ community. Light traveled to South Africa for the AIDS walk to raise awareness for on the ground care in South Africa and research in the United States. Countless times, Light has lent her voice at Outfest, the LGBTQ+-oriented film festival in Los Angeles, and she sits on the honorary board of Point Foundation, which is the National LGBTQ+ Scholarship Fund.  She has participated in Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Gypsy of the Year competition and Broadway Bares.

 

She continues to push boundaries with her roles in Jill Solloway’s Transparent (Amazon Prime); Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX); the film Save Me, written by her husband Robert Desiderio, in which Light produced and starred. The film explored the subject of reparative therapy in a way that had rarely been done before; and The Ryan White Story (ABC).  These roles continue to create conversations about prejudice and bigotry towards HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities.

 

“Judith is one of the most beloved members of our theatre community,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing.  “Her talent is as big as her heart and spirit – and her tireless commitment to HIV/AIDS organizations and to the LGBTQ community, are unparalleled.  We are honored to salute Judith at this year’s Tony Awards!”

 

Judith Light is known for her extensive body of television, film, and stage work. This fall she stars in the musical finale of Transparent, Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe–winning series, created by Jill Soloway, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination and multiple Emmy and Critics’ Choice nominations as well as in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series The Politician with Bette Midler and Ben Platt. Last year, her role in Ryan Murphy’s FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story garnered her an Emmy nomination and a Critics Choice nomination.

Light stars with Alec Baldwin and Mandy Patinkin in Before You Know It which premiered at Sundance and was picked up by distributor 1091; as well as Ms. White Light, that premiered at SXSW; and Lifetime’s Nellie Bly with Christina Ricci. Upcoming, Light can be seen in film Hot Air with Steve Coogan. 

In 2017, Light she starred in God Looked Away with Al Pacino at the Pasadena Playhouse. In 2016, the play, All the Ways to Say I Love You (MCC) garnered her a Drama League Award nomination. For the Broadway production of Thérèse Raquin with Kiera Knightly, Light won an Outer Critics Circle Award.

In 2012 and 2013, Light won two consecutive Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performances in Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties; these two performances dubbed her the first actress in nearly two decades to win consecutive Tonys.

For the Pulitzer Prize winning play at MCC Theatre, Wit, she was awarded the Helen Hayes and Eliot Norton awards. In 2011, Light received a Tony nomination for her role as Marie Lombardi in Lombardi, directed by Thomas Kail.

Light starred in and produced the film, Save Me, written by husband Robert Desiderio which premiered at Sundance in 2007. The year before, Light could be seen in the indie film Ira and Abby.   Selected TV includes: “Ugly Betty” (Emmy Nomination), “Law and Order, SVU”, “Dallas”, “Who’s the Boss”, “One Life to Live” (Two consecutive Emmys).

For additional information on Judith Light’s advocacy work, please visit: https://www.judithlight.com/human-rights-aids-awareness.

 

The American Theatre Wing’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 9, 2019 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

 

The Nominations for the 2019 Tony Awards will be announced live, by Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from the New York City Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The event will be streamed on Facebook LIVE (at Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards), and covered by CBS This Morning at 8:30am ET.

Follow the Tony Awards on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates on the nominees as they are announced (@TheTonyAwards). The entire announcement will also be available on TonyAwards.com after the event.

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Bobby Goldsmith Foundation announces its annual fundraising Auction, “The Golden Hammer”

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Australia’s oldest HIV charity, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF), today launched its annual Auction fundraiser with a twist, which will be held on Thursday 30th May at the Australian Museum. This year’s auction will be titled “The Golden Hammer”.

 

“We wanted to breathe some new life into an event that has been a staple of our communities’ calendar for many years and we’re aiming for this year’s Auction to be bigger and better than ever before.

 

Every dollar we raise on the night will go towards helping us provide practical, emotional and financial support for our clients living with HIV” said Nick Lawson, BGF’s CEO.

 

The auction will showcase some incredible talent from the LGBTQIA community which will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

“We are holding the event atop the iconic Australian Museum, with panoramic city views and a production that will entertain our guests all evening long, as well some fantastic food and beverages on hand as well!” said Rob Manser, BGF’s Community Fundraising and Events Coordinator.

 

The Auction will be held on

Thursday 30th May

No 1 William, Australian Museum,

1 William Street, Sydney

6.30pm-10.30pm.

 

BGF is calling out to business and service providers in our community to supply items for the auction.  If you have any items or services you would like to donate or you would like to know about sponsorship opportunities for the event, please contact Rob Manser on (02)9283 8666.

 

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PrEP to be added to Australia's PBS slashing costs.

People at risk of HIV will save hundreds of dollars from next month with the price of a preventative drug slashed.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily drug recently recommended for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

It is 99 per cent effective in preventing the transmission of HIV among gay and bisexual men, and from April will be available to high-risk general patients for $39.50 a monthly script, with concessional patients to pay $6.40.

Without the $180 million government subsidy patients would have paid nearly $2500 a year.

"(The listing) puts Australia in reach of being one of the first countries in the world to end the transmission of HIV," Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Wednesday.

He says the change will not only benefit gay and bisexual men, but also help drive down HIV rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrant communities, which have seen increased transmission rates in recent years.

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations says until now access to PrEP has been patchy, prohibitively expensive and mainly accessed through clinical trials.

"This will drive a substantial reduction in transmission and allow us to turbo-charge the Australian HIV response," federation CEO Darryl O'Donnell said in a statement.

The federation argues investment in HIV prevention also makes excellent financial sense, with each averted transmission of HIV saving the taxpayer one million dollars in lifetime costs.

Under the listing, patients will receive a three-month prescription and a sexual health check on each visit to the GP.

The government is also spending $1.2 million over five years on education and awareness measures for prescribers and affected communities on how to access and use PrEP.

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SPAIDS Tree Planting To Go Ahead

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The 35th SPAIDS tree planting will be held at Sydney Park on Sunday, August 2.

SPAIDS is inviting attendees to plant a young Australian tree provided by Sydney City Council’s tree nursery to commemorate the life of someone who has died from HIV/AIDS.

Organisers say that a complete listing of all names commemorated since the first plantings in 1994 will be available on the day. The list has about 1200 names after 34 plantings. To date over 8000 trees have been planted in the Groves.

The planting will happen between 11am and 3pm in the dedicated AIDS Memorial Groves, Sydney Park adjacent to Barwon Park Road off Princes Highway.



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