Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization, held its 31st Annual Emery Awards gala on Monday, Nov. 6 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The night’s theme was “Pride Is.”
“Now, more than ever, it’s about being proud of who I am as a person; proud of who we are as a community; proud as a people. It is only by living our truth and living by example that our young people will know they too can — and must — live with pride,” HMI CEO Thomas Krever shared in a statement.
Hosted by Sandra Bernhard and Bevy Smith, the night honored Kevyn Aucoin, Oath and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The Emery Awards recognizes individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding leadership within the LGBTQ community and those who work to address some of the most critical issues affecting HMI youth.
Tori Amos was there to honor her friend Aucoin; the late, legendary makeup artist whose recent documentary Larger Than Life raised funds for the institute. Amos presented Aucoin’s family with the award, who accepted it on his behalf.
“Kevyn Aucoin is still one of my dearest friends. His energy is still with me all the time,” Amos told us on the red carpet before the evening’s ceremony. “He taught me about his activism, and it was very important to him. So when I was asked to be part of honoring him tonight with this award, I wanted to do him proud.”