CAUSES | Broadway’s “Kinky Boots” supports LGBT health coverage at Columbia University Medical Center

NEW YORK CITY |  The Broadway musical Kinky Boots is lending a helping hand to the expansion of health coverage for the LGBT community.

A new program at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) was recently established to improve the health and well-being of LGBT individuals. According to a prepared statement, the Initiative’s research efforts “will recognize the diversity within the LGBT population and the urgent need to understand the intersections among gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, social class, and age, as well as the specific needs of different groups.” In short, we come from different places and identities, and the Initiative is expanding its health services to reflect that.

"Kinky Boots" creators Jerry Mitchell, Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper

“Kinky Boots” creators Jerry Mitchell, Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper

The do-gooders of Kinky Boots will host a special one-night-only event at the show, featuring a pre-show cocktail reception with composer/lyricist Cyndi Lauper and director Jerry Mitchell, and a post-show talkback with book writer and gay rights icon Harvey Fierstein. The evening will be co-sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  All proceeds will go directly to program development for the Initiative for LGBT Health.

Why are the do-gooders helping the Initiative? In a joint statement, Fierstein and Lauper stated, “We have both been deeply involved in advancing equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community for decades, so we know good people when we see them. We’re honored to be joining the renowned researchers and clinicians of Columbia University Medical Center to raise awareness for their groundbreaking Initiative. Kinky Boots is very much about the power of self acceptance and emotional health. We believe that this new program can strengthen not only the LGBT community, but all of New York.”

The Initiative is led by Director Anke A. Ehrhardt, Ph.D., also Director of the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the NYS Psychiatric Institute and the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and Co-Director Walter O. Bockting, Ph.D. an internationally known sexuality researcher at Columbia.

Tickets to the benefit performance, the pre-show cocktail reception and post-show talk-back are available by calling Leigh Ann Brienza, Director of Development, at 212-304-7227, or by email at lab2213@columbia.edu.

Kinky Boots, directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, begins previews on Sunday, March 3, 2013, with an official opening night set for Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Kinky Boots had its World Premiere at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre (18 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL), where it opened on October 17, 2012 and quickly became an audience and critics’ favorite.

"Kinky Boots" on Broadway

“Kinky Boots” on Broadway


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