The Dorothy Awards

Saturday March, 12, 2022
Dinner 5:30p
Awards Ceremony 7:30p
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, Connecticut

Guests should plan to park in Lot P12.
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Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsor
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Every year at the Dorothy Awards, the New Haven Pride Center honors incredible LGBTQ+ Nutmeggers that are having a huge impact and creating positive change for Connecticut’s LGBTQ+ community. From organizers and activists on the front lines of the fight against HIV/AIDS and civil rights to artists and performers who showcase our community’s creativity, the Dorothy Awards honorees are shining stars for LGBTQ+ visibility in our state.

The Dorothy Awards you have come to love is back IN PERSON and better than ever!

You will start the evening socializing with live music and drinks, among dozens of silent auction items ready for your bids. Instead of the traditional sit-down dinner, we’ve curated a “taste of New Haven” roaming dinner, featuring a Chef’s tasting menu designed by LGBTQ+ Chefs from some of our favourite New Haven hotspots.

From there, you will head into the theatre for a fabulous Awards presentation of our five honorees that will be hosted by Connecticut Drag sensation Kiki Lucia and will also feature performances by local entertainers with a special performance from RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Roxxxy Andrews.

  • Kamora Le’Ella Herrington, Founder of Kamora’s Cultural Corner
  • Dr. AJ Eckert, Medical Director at Anchor Health
  • John and Luis Pepe, Owners of the Chez Est
  • Jaime Myers-McPhail, Lead Organizer at New Haven Rising
  • Dave Cruz-Bustamante, LGBTQ+ Youth Organizer

Honorees are selected from a pool of community nominations, with the goal of celebrating folks from throughout Connecticut and our list of past honorees includes folks from every corner of our state. Thank you to everyone who participated in our nomination process this year.

Read more about out our Dorothy Awards honorees here.

  • Emily Mingrone, Chef & Owner of The Tavern on State
  • Jesus Puerto, CEO of Soul de Cuba
  • Sonia Salazar, Chef & Owner of Te Amo Tequila and Barracuda Bistro & Bar
  • Steve Stellato, Chef & Owner of Stellato’s Deli & Catering
  • Kyu Tipjak, Chef & Owner of Blue Orchid

This year in lieu of our traditional sit-down dinner, at the 19th Annual Dorothy Awards guests will enjoy a “taste of New Haven” by exploring the palets and tastes of six New Haven area LGBTQ+ Chefs! Roam the lobby area and explore some of New Haven’s incredible bites. The Awards Dinner is open to all guests who purchase Emerald and Ruby Tickets. 

Engage with the 19th Annual Dorothy Awards

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The financial success of the Dorothy Awards is made possible thanks to all of the incredible folks who support the event with donations, sponsorships, and participation! Some of the best ways that you are help include :


The 19th Annual Dorothy Awards will take place in New Haven! Each year several, hundred folks attend and celebrate with us. This year, we are hoping to break all of the records and fill the theatre like we never have before! Access to the event begins as low as $15 for the Awards Ceremony and Concert or $125 that includes the pre-Awards Ceremony Roaming Dinner and Chef Tasting – Buy Your Tickets.


This year sponsorships of the Dorothy Awards are going to have a massive impact on the financial success of the evening. With the steady return to in-person events, we want to ensure that our event is safe for everyone. This years’ sponsors help underwrite a larger venue that will mean social distancing. Sponsorships start at $1,000. Download our Dorothy Awards Sponsorship document and confirm your sponsorship or contact Patrick J Dunn!


Congratulate an honoree, congratulate the Center, share your story with the community – these are just some of the ways in which advertising in the Dorothy Awards program book can be used! With a range of sizes, there is an ad for anyone! Space is limited, to reserve your space click here or contact Joseph DiMaggio!


Every year the silent auction raises over $10,000 to support the Center’s programming, with a wide variety of items that include art, collectables, one of a kind experiences, limited edition alcohol, behind-the-scenes opportunities, and more! Contact Laura Boccadoro our Auction Coordinator here.

What Your Support Makes Possible

Each year the Dorothy Awards raise thousands of dollars to support the work of the New Haven Pride Center. All proceeds of the Dorothy Awards support the Center’s five focus areas :

  1. creating a safe space for case management and support services;
  2. bringing people together for shared social experiences;
  3. educational activities, awareness building, and youth empowerment;
  4. arts, culture and humanities programming; and
  5. advocacy for the community.

Additionally, every year a portion of the Dorothy Awards also support the New Haven Pride Center’s Scholarship Fund which gives out up to $7,500 in scholarships to LGBTQ+ youth every year. 

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Kiki Lucia _ Circle

Joining us for the fifth year in a row, one of Connecticut’s most popular drag artists Kiki Lucia is back to host the 19th Annual Dorothy Awards.


Roxxxy Andrews _ Circle

Roxxxy Andrews
Rupaul’s Drag Race Alum

Carrie Ashton

Carrie Ashton
Lesbian Music Icon

Marc Esposito

Marc Esposito
CT Jazz Legend

Bubblicious _ Circle

Founder of New Haven Drag Scene

Laiylah A. W. Laiylah _ Circle

Laiylah A.W. Laiylah
CT Drag Legend

Rory Roux Lay _ Circle

Rory Roux Lay
Mx PRIDE New Haven 2020

Crystal Starz _ Circle 3

Crystal Starz
CT Drag Legend

Midnight _ Circle

CT Drag Legend

Mia E Z Lay _ Circle

Mia E Z’Lay
Miss PRIDE New Haven 2018

Giganta Smalls _ Circle

Giganta Smalls
Chez Legend

Natalia Fierce _ Circle

Natalia Fiercé
Mx Chez Est 2021

Astra Slay _ Circle

Astra S’Lay
Winner Chez Legends 7

Amethyst _ Circle

Winner Chez Legends 8

Tiana Maxim Rose _ Circle

Tiana Maxim Rose
Mx PRIDE New Haven 2021

Miss Frank _ Circle

Miss Frank
Empress 22 of Connecticut

Loosey LaDuca

Loosey LaDuca
Chez Legend

Frankie Cyanide _ Circle

Frankie M. Cyanide
CT Drag Legend

Paxx Headroom

Paxx Headroom
CT Drag Legend

Perry Winkle _ Circle

Perry Winkle
CT Drag Legend

Mz October May Lay _ Circle

Mz October May Lay
Miss Gay New Haven 2019

Barbra Joan Streetsand

Barbra Joan Streetsand
Legendary Drag Impersonator