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2019 Outfest Legacy Awards 

Mj Rodriguez and Verdine White attends the 2019 Outfest Legacy Awards Gala: Unveiling of a New Era at Vibiana on October 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Getty Images North America)

By Valerie Milano

Damien Navarro

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/29/19 – Outfest’s most spectacular night of the year returned with unnerving swiftness on Sunday at the breathtaking Vibiana in Los Angeles. Honoring Hollywood’s finest making their mark in LGBTQ film and television, it’s a classic gala that begins with a red carpet, hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres before plunging into a three-course meal from Redbird chef Neal Fraser.

Proceeds from the event benefited Outfest young filmmakers and professional education courses, a screenwriting lab, leadership training, trans-acting workshop, and the film restoration program.

Tanya Saracho s (Photo: Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Outfest)

This years awardees included Tanya Saracho, creator of VIDA) and Scout Productions of Queer Eye. The gala was hosted by Tony nominated Sheryl Lee Ralph with a special performance by

Dana Goldberg, the hilarious staple of Los Angeles LGBTQ events who injects her brutal brand of humor into

Dana Goldberg

proceedings that might otherwise wane in fresh energy.

The event was presented by Cadillac (a natural fit for the occasion) and produced by Tony Award-winning producer Scott Mauro. It was all about the “unveiling of a new era,” which appears to be a continuous process, and one that won’t slow

THT’s MJ Prather trying out a new cadillac

down anytime soon.

The Outfest Legacy Awards are always a glittering soiree. Last year, the legendary Lily Tomlin appeared on the carpet, and previous honorees have included Rita Moreno (known for West Side Story), Justin Simien of Dear White People,  Pose of the FX Network, Orange is the New Black’s, Laverne Cox, and Transparent’s dangerously talented Jill Soloway. Tom Hanks has been honored for Philadelphia, and Sean Hayes for Will and Grace.

The tradition grows in scope, beauty, and purpose each year. So the fact that it returned with seemingly lightening speed is a good thing. It means the progress exponentially gains both momentum and visibility.

Learn more about Outfest and the Outfest Legacy Awards at https://www.outfest.org/legacy2019/

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