Family Equality’s Night at the Pier in New York City Raises Over $1M for LGBTQ+ Families at a Time of Unprecedented Legislative Attacks

Broadway legends Shoshana Bean (“Mr. Saturday Night”), Jason Robert Brown, Michael R. Jackson (“A Strange Loop”), the cast of SIX, trailblazers Jordan Roth and Richie Jackson, community advocate Lydia Gray-Holifield and more garner support for Family Equality

NEW YORK — This Monday, more than 600 guests gathered to celebrate Family Equality’s Night at the Pier, raising upwards of $1,000,000 for Family Equality’s critical work on behalf of current and future LGBTQ+ families. With 300+ anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced across the country and increasing attacks on the rights of LGBTQ+ families, the funds raised will be essential to continue the battle ahead. 

“We’ve seen what happens when other people tell our stories: shameful conspiracy theories and outright lies,” said Family Equality CEO, Stacey Stevenson, in their remarks on Monday. “But we will not let those lies abound. In one hundred years, the world will look back and see that this community mobilized, fought, and carved out a place for ourselves.”  

“This level of generosity and support couldn’t happen at a more crucial moment,” says Family Equality Chief Development Officer, Matthew Ramsey. “On behalf of the entire team at Family Equality—and on behalf of families like mine—we are so thankful to all those who made this momentous evening successful. To our board of directors, our sponsors, our honorary chairs and event chairs, our amazing performers, and all those who showed up and used their voices for our families: Thank you.” 



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The 2022 Night at the Pier Honorary Chairs are Daryl Roth and Nick Scandalios, and this year’s event chairs are Luigi Caiola, Merritt Johnson, Samantha Lippitt, Jeannie Uyanik, and Jason Weinberg. 

Family Equality gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Night at the Pier sponsors: (Platinum Level) Caiola Productions, McGill Caiola Family, Nederlander Organization; (Gold) Ferring Pharmaceuticals, John Gore Organization, Jujamcyn Theaters, and Nick Scandalios; (Bronze) Brady Klein Weissman, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Christopher Street Financial, GENESIS Fertility & Reproductive Medicine, Heather & Felix Baker, Hiro Premium Japanese Sake, Moulin Rouge: The Musical, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Sam Rosenblatt & Mario D’Andrea Olmstead Properties, Inc., The Shubert Organization, Signature Bank, Weill Cornell Medicine Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine, and Weeks Lerman; (National Corporate Sponsors) Byran Cave Leighton Paisner, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, California Cryobank, CCS Fundraising, Charles Schwab, Clockwork, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson Care with Pride, Nederlander, Organon, Playbill, Target, Warner Bros. Discovery. 

About Family Equality

Family Equality advances legal and lived equality for LGBTQ+ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. Family Equality believes every LGBTQ+ person should have the right and opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, regardless of who they are or where they live. Learn more at

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