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GLYS GAYLA 10-20-2020
October 20 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm$25
GLYS GAYLA 10.20.2020 Promises Something for Everyone
Buffalo– When Michael Wah agreed to take over the 38-year old GLYS GAYLA, Western New York’s oldest continuous LGBTQ+ event, it was in a pre-COVID world. Wah, whose expertise is in theatre and music, and with a professional background in restaurant management was a natural fit for the food and entertainment event. Gail Sfeir, the former chair, had left a well-organized event with all the background information intact.
“But in struts COVID,” Wah said, “Slamming her purse down and saying, ‘Nope. Not happening.’” Wah, no stranger to adversity, wasn’t taking no for an answer, “we decided to go virtual, like so many others, but with a few twists and turns that will make this a fun, upbeat event. And, there will be no break in the continuous history of this event. The Pride Parade is one of the oldest continuous events in our community, but it didn’t make it this year — something our community understands but is still disappointed about. We wanted to make sure this long-standing event was able to continue to help GLYS support its mission,” Wah stated.
The GLYS GAYLA, which takes place on October 20, 2020, starts online at 7:00 p.m. for paid attendees ($25 per device), but concludes with a “free to the public” last hour of entertainment that will be live on Facebook and WKBW channel 7’s streaming site. In addition, Channel 7 TV personalities Katie Morse and Ed Drantch will be celebrity co-hosts for the event, promising to kick up the energy a notch. Entertainment includes drag acts, the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, Leah Zicari, Kerry Kate Abel and Chuck Basil, Anita Waistline and more. Information and tickets can be found at www.glyswny.org/gayla.
“There will be an online auction taking place before the event starting October 6th and going 8:00 p.m., half an hour before the end of the live event,” said Wah, adding that, “some of the auction items are amazing.”
Michael Wah is in his second year as a Board Member for GLYS and his first year as the Chair of the GAYLA. He is a hospitality manager and also performs in drag as CoCo LaTique. Michael/CoCo is a two time Empress (19 & 26) with the Imperial Court of Buffalo (ICOB) and also sits on the Board of Directors for the International Court System as an Heir to Queen Mother I of the Americas, Nicole the Great. The International Court System was founded in 1965 by World War II Veteran and First Openly Gay person to run for Public Office, Jose Sarria. The Imperial Court of Buffalo founded in 1990, is 1 of 70 chapters across Canada, the US and Mexico. The Imperial Court of Buffalo raises funds for other Nonprofits. GLYS is a permanent charity the ICOB raises money for each year.
ICOB is a $5,000 sponsor for the event with the following other event sponsors:
Virtual GAYLA Underwriters
Imperial Count of Buffalo –
Empress 29 Anita Mandalay & Emperor 29 Marty Crawford
Norman E. Mack II Fund
Evergreen Health Services
Paul Graham and Patricia Dennis
Buffalo AIDS Plus Fund/Gay Bingo
Kathe P. Hayes
Charles and Louise Kreiner
James Mack and Markus Ranney
Michael Mroczka/716 Realty Group
Norman and Gail Sfeir
Alan Block and Jerry Fischer
Michael Boucai and Douglas Brown
E-Ville Spirits and Wine/Shannon Carscallen
James Le & Kevin Thompson
Mary Hale Meyer and Susan McLeer
Pignataro Financial Group/Lawrence Pignataro
Summit Health Care Solutions, Inc.
Allied Financial Partners
Dr. Thomas J. Foels and Patricia A. Foels
Carlos R.A. Jones and William Lovern
Tom and Jeri Mazur
Russell A. Newbert
Shari Jo Reich
GAYLA Event Sponsors $250
Dr. Debra and Kenneth Luczkiewicz
Daniel Salcedo and Michael Osika
GLYS Western New York, Inc. kindly requests that the public recognize and support our event sponsors.
GLYS, Growing LGBTQ+ Youth Support has a mission to build affirming cultures and supportive communities for youth of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
GLYS offers programs for LGBTQ+ youth and their parents such as support groups, our Timothy J. Moran Drop-In Center(DIC), support for youth in mental health care or who are homeless, coordination for Western New York school Gender-Sexuality Alliances (GSAs), and offering community support and training to others who serve LGBTQ+ and all youth. Contact GLYS at www.glyswny.org or call us at 716.855.0221.