André De Shields, Tom D’Angora, Margo Martindale, Jackie Cox and Cameron Kasky Receive 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Awards

The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, a progressive organization covering the five boroughs of New York City, honored Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning Hadestown star André De Shields; Award winning theater producer Tom D’Angora; four-time Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale; actor and cabaret performer Jackie Cox; and activist Cameron Kasky, at its annual Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Café (1501 Broadway at 43rd St.) on December 13, 2021. 

2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Awards. Photo by Lia Chang
Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, with Honorees André De Shields, Margo Martindale, Tom D’Angora and Cameron Kasky. Photo by Lia Chang
Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, with Honorees André De Shields, Margo Martindale, Tom D’Angora and Cameron Kasky. Photo by Lia Chang

The evening, which featured greetings by Rev. Al Sharpton and U.S. Senator and Majority Leader Charles Schumer, began with a cocktail hour and was followed by a seated dinner.  

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang
Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang

Gov. Kathy Hochul presented the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award to Cameron Kasky, a student at the time of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Kasky gave the keynote speech at the ceremony. An inspiring and courageous young activist against gun violence, he co-founded the student-led group Never Again MSD, was one of the organizers of the 2018 March for Our Lives, and identifies as queer. 

Gov. Kathy Hochul presents the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award to Cameron Kasky at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang
Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Kathy Hochul and Cameron Kasky at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang
Cameron Kasky accepts the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe Time Square in New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang

The club also honored three distinguished performing artists for their widely admired work on the stage and screen, and their deep commitment to social justice and LGBTQ rights. 

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe Time Square in New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli presented the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award to André De Shields, winner of Tony, Grammy and Emmy,  currently starring on Broadway in Hadestown, where he won the 2019 Tony Award for best actor in a featured role in a musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for best musical theater album. De Shields has been an inspiring role model as an openly Gay BIPOC actor, singer, dancer, director, educator and choreographer for over 52 years. 

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli presented André De Shields with the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields accepts the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang

After accepting the award, De Shields sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Watch below.

André De Shields and Rev. Al Sharpton. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and New York State Senator Brad Hoylman. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and New York Attorney General Letitia James. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Council Member Daniel Dromm. Photo by Lia Chang
HADESTOWN billboards in the Times Square subway station. Photo by Lia Chang

Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, presented the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award to Margo Martindale, a four-time winner of the Primetime Emmy Award, who has been a leading actress on film, television and stage for many years. Martindale won awards and accolades for her roles in television’s “The Americans,” “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” and for her performance in the miniseries “Mrs. America,” where she transformed into U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug who was a beloved icon and pioneering leader for the LGBTQ community. 

Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club. Photo by Lia Chang
Margo Martindale accepts the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe Time Square in New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang
Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club and honoree, Margo Martindale. Photo by Lia Chang
Margo Martindale, Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora. Photo by Lia Chang

Elisa Crespo, Executive Director of the New Pride Agenda, presented Jackie Cox, an actor, cabaret performer and contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” with the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award. Cox is a passionate and committed advocate for social justice, including on behalf of the LGBT community, immigrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Elisa Crespo, Executive Director of the New Pride Agenda, speaks at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang
Jackie Cox accepts the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award from Elisa Crespo,Executive Director of the New Pride Agenda, at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang
Jackie Cox accepts the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award from Elisa Crespo,Executive Director of the New Pride Agenda, at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang
Jackie Cox. Photo by Lia Chang

Manhattan Borough President-Elect Mark Levine presented Tom D’Angora, a three-time Drama Desk nominee and Off-Broadway Alliance Award-winning theater producer, with the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award. D’Angora, currently on the producing team of the hit Broadway Revival of Caroline or, Change and known for NEWSical, Naked Boys Singing, and A Musical About Star Wars, has also been an effective leader in the critically important effort to save New York City theaters and performing arts venues, such as The Laurie Beechman, Birdland Jazz Club, The LABrynth  and The York Theatre, from the devastating closings and restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tom D’Angora accepts the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award from Manhattan Borough President-Elect Mark Levine at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang
Tom D’Angora accepts the 2021 Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club Human Rights Award from Manhattan Borough President-Elect Mark Levine at the Jim Owles Winter Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on December 13, 2021. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael D’Angora, Tom D’Angora and New York State Senator Brad Hoylman. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael D’Angora with husband, Tom D’Angora. Photo by Lia Chang

The 100-member Board of Governors for the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club includes many prominent progressive LGBT and civil rights activists, elected officials and other political and civic leaders, performing artists and writers. The President is Allen Roskoff, co-author of our nation’s first gay rights legislation.

Marisa Redanty, Michael D’Angora, Tom D’Angora, André De Shields and Allen Roskoff. Photo by Lia Chang
Tom D’Angora, André De Shields, Michael D’Angora. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and guests. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael D’Angora, Marisa Redanty, Tom D’Angora. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael D’Angora, Jackie Cox and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
A guest, Margo Martindale and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Jerry Goldman and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Tom D’Angora and New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo by Lia Chang
Tom D’Angora, André De Shields and Erik Bottchner. Photo by Lia Chang
Tom D’Angora and Cameron Kasky. Photo by Lia Chang
Tom D’Angora and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Cameron Kasky, Taylor Fish and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Photos/Video: Inside the Ceremonial Groundbreaking Ceremony of the American LGBTQ+ Museum with André De Shields, Billie Jean King, Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and More at New-York Historical Society 

Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Michael D’Angora

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young, written and directed by Garth Kravits, recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

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