1. LOS ANGELES
Anniversary Gala & Auction
L.A.'s Gay and Lesbian Center toasts its 37th anniversary with a gala cocktail reception, silent auction, and dinner in the 25,000-square-foot ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel The Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles is a landmark 19-story luxury hotel forming a sweeping crescent design fronting the spectacular fountains on Avenue of the Stars adjacent to the twin Century Plaza Towers. , a mile from swanky Rodeo Drive. More than 900 welt-heeled attendees are expected, with celeb sightings all but guaranteed; previous milestone celebrations drew Shirley MacLaine, Alec Mapa (below), and The L Word's Pam Grier.
2. LAS VEGAS
HRC Gala Dinner
The casino-laden Strip's shimmering neon provides the backdrop for the third annual Human Rights Campaign fund-raiser presented by the national LGBT organization's Las Vegas volunteer steering committee. Join local activists committed to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Equality Pursuit of Equality is a documentary about the struggle of same-sex couples for marriage equality in the United States. It's focus is primaily on the same-sex marriages that took place in San Francisco. " at the ultrachic tropical Mandalay Bay Resort for a lavish dinner, two auctions (one silent, one live), and inspiring speeches.
Bloor Street Entertains
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Forget breakfast, how about black-tie dinner at Tiffany's? Acclaimed Toronto chefs, florists, and service professionals host intimate meals at more than 20 posh retailers (think Gucci, Cartier, and yes, Tiffany & Co.) in the city's upscale Bloor-Yorkville area to raise funds for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research is a Canadian charitable foundation whose goal is to raise awareness of AIDS/HIV to increase funds for research. CANFAR is currently the only such organization in Canada. The foundation was created in 1987 by Bluma Appel. . Afterward, diners are chauffeured to a gala party at the historic Royal Ontario Museum The Royal Ontario Museum, commonly known as the ROM (rhyming with Tom), is a major museum for world culture and natural history in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. .
4. NEW YORK
An Enduring Vision
Count on Sir Elton John's presence--and perhaps even a Reg-style serenade--at An Enduring Vision, the seventh annual black-tie Gotham City fund-raiser for his eponymous AIDS foundation. Cocktails, dinner, and a live auction fill this high-ticket evening, set amid the opulent Greek Revival architecture The Greek Revival was an architectural movement of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, predominantly in northern Europe and the United States. A product of Hellenism, it may be looked upon as the last phase in the development of Neoclassical architecture. of Cipriani Wall Street, the block-long former home of the New York Stock Exchange New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
World's largest marketplace for securities. The exchange began as an informal meeting of 24 men in 1792 on what is now Wall Street in New York City. .
London's infamous Cafe de Paris dance hall--a gilt-covered favorite of the glitterati since 1924-plays host to the fifth annual Wig Party, where outrageously coiffed guests parade for prizes in a glare pageant. Proceeds from this haute headwear-studded dance party extravaganza benefit Crusaid, a charity that assists impoverished people impacted by HIV/AIDS in the United Kingdom At the end of 2005, an estimated 63,500 adults were living with HIV in the UK. There were more than 7,500 new HIV diagnoses during that year. and Africa.
6. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Queen of the Whole Universe November 15
In this twisted take on beauty pageants, one of the opening routines is a "headgear of nations" parade, drag is the norm, and competitors from a galaxy's worth of countries and planets (Go, Miss Uranus!) duke it out for the coveted crown in the 2,256-seat ASB Theatre at Auckland's Aotea Centre. Since its glittery 2004 inception, the regal campfest has raised more than $100,000 for New Zealand HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome causes.