Billy Porter Honored at BroSis Voices Gala for Activism and Community Work

Billy Porter was honored at the Brotherhood Sister Sol Voices gala in New York City for his activism and community work, receiving the June Jordan Clarion Call Award. The event raised $1.9 million for the Harlem-based youth development and social justice organization.

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Billy Porter Honored at BroSis Voices Gala for Activism and Community Work

Billy Porter Honored at BroSis Voices Gala for Activism and Community Work

On May 9, actor and singer Billy Porter was honored at the Brotherhood Sister Sol (BroSis) Voices gala in New York City for his activism and community work. The event, held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom, raised $1.9 million for the Harlem-based youth development and social justice organization.

Why this matters: The recognition of Billy Porter's activism and community work highlights the importance of advocating for marginalized communities, particularly LGBTQIA+ rights. This event also underscores the significance of organizations like BroSis in providing support and opportunities to underrepresented youth, which can have a lasting impact on social justice and equality.

Porter received the June Jordan Clarion Call Award for his commitment to advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights. National Domestic Workers Alliance president Ai-jen Poo was also honored at the gala with the Bayard Rustin Award for Social Justice for her efforts championing the rights of domestic workers and fairness for women in the workplace.

In his acceptance speech, Porter praised BroSis as "a beacon for how a community can come together to work with marginalized youth." He added, "Their commitment to providing support and amplifying voices aligns with my own mission of changing society for those who often go unheard."

Poo also expressed admiration for BroSis in her remarks, stating, "The Brotherhood Sister Sol is an organization I have admired for my lifetime as an organizer. It is the honor of a lifetime to be [recognized] by them. They offer a singular model of youth power building and a powerful antidote to the converting epidemics of poverty, mental health crisis, and racism plaguing too many of our communities."

Brotherhood Sister Sol has been at the forefront of social justice for over 25 years, educating, training, and organizing to challenge inequality and champion opportunity for all, with a focus on Black and Latinx youth in Harlem. The organization serves about 750 young people and has an impressive 99% high school graduation rate. BroSis provides a range of programs to support students through college, including the Summer Leadership Program with an International Study Program for high schoolers and a Summer Day Camp for middle schoolers.

The star-studded Voices gala, hosted by actor and comedian Hasan Minhaj, drew over 600 attendees to celebrate the honorees and support the vital work of BroSis. By raising $1.9 million, the event provided crucial funding for the organization's ongoing efforts to empower marginalized youth and build a more just and equitable society. As Porter and Poo's recognition underscores, BroSis continues to serve as a model for uplifting communities through education, mentorship, and unwavering commitment to social change.

Key Takeaways

  • Billy Porter honored at Brotherhood Sister Sol's Voices gala for LGBTQIA+ activism.
  • The event raised $1.9 million for the Harlem-based youth development organization.
  • Porter received the June Jordan Clarion Call Award for LGBTQIA+ advocacy.
  • Ai-jen Poo was also honored with the Bayard Rustin Award for Social Justice.
  • Brotherhood Sister Sol supports 750 young people, with a 99% high school graduation rate.