Imperial Court at 30

39t Annual Imperial Court of New York Night of 1000 Gowns

Jane Clementi, co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, with honorees Marsha Shapiro and Louise Walpin, recognized for their work on behalf of marriage equality. | DONNA ACETO

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In an opulent gala at the Marriott Marquis on March 12, the Imperial Court of New York celebrated 30 years of raising funds for New York City’s LGBT and HIV/ AIDS-affected communities. This year’s event benefitted the group’s LGBTQ Youth Scholarship Fund.

Empress 29 Madison Mansfield and Emperor 24 Opi N. Yated. | DONNA ACETO

Empress 29 Madison Mansfield and Emperor 24 Opi N. Yated. | DONNA ACETO

Honorees at the event included activists and philanthropists Marsha Shapiro and Louise Walpin for their work on behalf of marriage equality and theatrical design agent Mickey Rolfe for his former work as board chair at Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

Mickey Rolfe, honored for his past work as board chair of Gay Men's Health Crisis, with the agency's Andrew MacPhail, Osvaldo Perdomo, and Kelsey Louie. | DONNA ACETO

Mickey Rolfe, honored for his past work as board chair of Gay Men's Health Crisis, with the agency's Andrew MacPhail, Osvaldo Perdomo, and Kelsey Louie. | DONNA ACETO

Grand Duchess Caroline. | DONNA ACETO

Grand Duchess Caroline. | DONNA ACETO

The Imperial Court's Queen and King of Toronto. |  DONNA ACETO

The Imperial Court's Queen and King of Toronto. | DONNA ACETO

Longtime activist Melissa Sklarz. | DONNA ACETO

Longtime activist Melissa Sklarz. | DONNA ACETO

Kelly King sings the American National Anthem. | DONNA ACETO

Kelly King sings the American National Anthem. | DONNA ACETO

Paul Daniel Cloeter sings the Canadian National Anthem. | DONNA ACETO

Paul Daniel Cloeter sings the Canadian National Anthem. | DONNA ACETO

Volunteers RoseAnn Rosenfeld Hermann and George Hermann. | DONNA ACETO

Volunteers RoseAnn Rosenfeld Hermann and George Hermann. | DONNA ACETO

The Queen Mother of the Americas at the end of her reign. | DONNA ACETO

The Queen Mother of the Americas at the end of her reign. | DONNA ACETO

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