John M. Becker

Pride in the Hamptons

Filed By John M. Becker | July 17, 2013 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Barry Gordin, Bruce T. Sloane, East Hampton, Edward Albee, GLAAD, Hamptons, Leo Preziosi Jr, LGBT youth, Live Out Loud, Michael Knaapen, New York, Omar Sharif Jr, Pride, the Hamptons, youth advocacy, youth scholarships

sunset.JPGEarlier this month, Michael and I had the privilege of attending Pride in the Hamptons in beautiful East Hampton, NY. Our dear friend Bruce T. Sloane, who hosts the annual event at his beautiful waterfront home, whisked us out of Washington, D.C. for the weekend so we could attend and help out with the July 6 event.

And what a night it was! The celebratory evening was a fundraiser for Live Out Loud, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBT youth by connecting them with successful LGBT role models. Several hundred guests attended the cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction portion, which was followed by a magnificent dinner for over 150 people.

Notable guests included legendary playwright Edward Albee, textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen, Broadway producer Stewart Lane, GLAAD's Acting President Dave Montez, actor and GLAAD spokesperson Omar Sharif Jr., and NYC TV personality Raphael Miranda.

The food was amazing, the auction items were top-notch, the views and the sunset were heavenly, and the company (and the dancing!) were second to none. And best of all, more than $100,000 was raised to support the valuable work of Live Out Loud.

Photos of the event are after the jump. (Click to enlarge.) Photography by Barry Gordin /

For more information about Live Out Loud, click here.

DSC_5056_barry - Copy.JPG Michael and me at the start of Live Out Loud: Pride in the Hamptons

barry_pride7.jpg Executive Director Leo Preziosi, Jr., Raphael Miranda of NBC New York, Host & Board Member Bruce T. Sloane, and Board Member Hector Rojas

DSC_5142_barry - Copy.JPG Michael and playwright Edward Albee

barry_pride6.jpg The silent auction items were superb. Sadly, I didn't win the Tom of Finland book pictured here...

barry_pride2.jpg The bartenders were beautiful.

barry_pride4.jpg The crowd listens to remarks from Leo Preziosi Jr., Founder and Executive Director of Live Out Loud

barry_pride5.jpg Ready for dinner!

barry_pride3.jpg A great time was had by all.

Photography by Barry Gordin /

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