Me on the Step and RepeatMe at the Out 100 GalaOn Thursday, November 14, 2011, I had the distinct honor of attending Out Magazines annual "Out 100" Gala in NYC, thanks to Buick! (and a personal thank you to Big Fuel!).


Every year Out Magazine honors those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the gay and lesbian culture and community. This year, the honorees were the legendary Larry Kramer (playwright of "The Normal Heart"), Australian and Serbo-Croatian model Andrej Pejic, Broadway and television star Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and ABC's "Modern Family"), and Emmy Award winning Comedian Kathy Griffin. This year Buick honored Hudson Taylor - a straight, former NCAA Division 1 wrestler whose Athlete Ally program fights homophobia in sports.

Andy Cohen and MeJustin Mikita, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Charles Busch, Julie Halston, MeI attended the evening with my friend and fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Billy Mitchell (who also gets an added shout out of thanks for being my photographer)! We had such a splendid time! Not only did I work my way onto the Step and Repeat, but we got to hang out with Charles Busch and Julie Halston throughout much of the evening which was pure delight! We also met Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Adam Lambert, Andy Cohen, Larry Kramer, Wilson Cruz, rising drag queen Pusse Coutor, and the Target Dog.

I cannot believe that I actually got to attend an event like this! Just a few days ago I was saying to myself, how I hope one day to be invited to such an event and next thing I know, an e-mail arrvies! I am just so grateful and humbled by the fact that I was given this opportunity and it's one I will always remember!

Thank you to Buick and Big Fuel for allowing me to have this evening at the Out 100 Gala! I will remember this night forever!

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