The Broadway Beauty Pageant, now in its seventh year, is an annual extravaganza benefiting the Ali Forney Center, NYC’s primary housing resource for homeless LGBT youth.
The Broadway Beauty Pageant is a beauty contest of sorts, in which male performers from current Broadway shows compete for the coveted title. Celebrity judges and hosts help to guide contestants through the impressive talent portion, interviews, and the swimsuit competition. In the end, the audience casts ballots to determine who will walk away with the crown.
Past Pageant winners include Frankie James Grande (Mr. Mamma Mia! 2007), Marty Thomas (Mr. Xanadu 2008), Anthony Hollock (Mr. Hair 2009), Charlie Williams (Mr. Memphis 2010), Michael Cusumano (Mr. Chicago 2011), and Andrew Chapelle (Mr. Mamma Mia! 2012). The Broadway Beauty Pageant will be directed by Seth Sikes and choreographed by Paul McGill. The evening was conceived by Jeffery Self and will be produced by the Ali Forney Center in association with Ryan Davis.
The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was started in June 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. The Center is committed to providing these young people with safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs can be met, and where they can begin to put their lives back together. AFC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the plight of homeless LGBT youth in the United States with the goal of generating responses on local and national levels from government funders, foundations, and the LGBT community. For more information, see www.aliforneycenter.org
Ali Forney was a homeless queer teen who was forced to live on the streets of New York during the 1990s. Ali was dedicated to the safety of other homeless queer youth; he was a committed HIV prevention worker, and aggressively advocated that the NYPD investigate a series of murders of the homeless queer youth he had befriended. Ali was an inspiration to those who knew him. In December of 1997, Ali was murdered on the streets. His tragic death called attention to the atrocious conditions for homeless LGBT youth in New York. Ali’s murderer has never been identified.
- Director: Seth Sikes
- Conceived by: Jeffrey Self
- Creative Producer: Ryan J. Davis
- Choreographer: Paul McGill
Ali Forney Center Honorary Board Members
Ali Forney Center Board of Directors
Franklin Stevens, Chair
Kyle Merker, Vice Chair
William Greene, Treasurer
Vikki Barbero, Secretary
Toni Morton, Assistant Secretary
Gregory P. Johnson
Erin J. Law
Jason M. Rudman
Desmond P. Smith