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Event-"Night of a Thousand Gowns" -Hilton Hotel, NYC-4/6/2013-Part 1of2
Event-"Night of a Thousand Gowns" -Hilton Hotel, NYC-4/6/2013-Part 1of2

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Section A. Overview:
The International Imperial Court held its annual fabulous "A Night of a Thousand Gowns" at the Hilton Hotel, located at Avenue of the Americas, New York City on 4/6/13.  The star-studded evening featured a red carpet, a dinner with dancing, live entertainment, an awards ceremony and the runway procession of royalty, decked to the nines.  The column written by Fran Sisco, a transgender columnist for TGReporter.com, the online transgender magazine and voice of the transgender community.  Fran captures several scenes on videotape, for which the clips were uploaded to youtube.com and then embedded into tgreporter.com and linked to this website - videovoom.com.  For more info, please contact Fran Sisco at FrancisSisco@aol.com or call her at 914.589.1013.

Section B - Essay and videos
Every Night Should Be Like This! - Part 1
by Fran Sisco
As published on TGReporter.com, the online transgender magazine

Have you ever attended an event that was way more than you expected? A night that lingered like the sweet smell of rain for days after?  Recently I experoienced that as I attended my first Night of a Thousand Gowns.  I was dazed all night, moving through a blur of excitement, color and extravaganza, a pomp and circumstance that resonated in my mind and pyche since: like a great movie or song you can't get out of your head. That's what happened to me April 6th at "Night of a Thousand Gowns,"held at Hilton Hotel just off Times Square. On two occasions during the night I almost left the event, but somehow magically was pulled back in to experience another level of excitement.

I was enlightened in many ways.  The fanciness, though regal and royal, is more about the care and pride of paying attention to detailNOTG27_2013 and design than it is about just showing off.  And the whole event is not just a celebration of LGBT concepts, but homage to living life fully; the giving of yourself to others charitably, altruistically.  Not only does IICS rank as one of the world's oldest and largest gay organizations, but it also is a powerful and successful international force for good.

Beneath the glitter and charm is an important mission to help make real positive change in the world. A friend of mine, who is a member, told me that many members travel [throughout the U.S.A and abroad] at their own expense, to carry out charitable projects, passionately.  As with going to new events in life, NOATG was an eye-opener for me. The festive mood and many activities and performances kept me smiling and enjoying the good cheer, and yet at a deeper level I was developing a profound respect for these individuals who dedicate so much of their time and money to make things better.  

The sense of community and fellowship was so strong I had the urge to join the organization several times during the night.  Perhaps in due time.  For now, I felt that I should do my part to provide the outside world with as many glimpses into the NOATG as possible. Through these efforts, I hope, perhaps the mission and objectives of the IICS would be furthered. Varied glimpses, from the red carpet interviews and posing, to the performances of talented stars, to the speeches, runway strutting, dinner and dancing, wonderful conversations, the random group of mothers and daughters from down south who made the 1,000 mile trip that day after seeing a cable TV profile of NOATG, to the awards ceremonies, and more i will try my best to convey. 

A. Getting Ready to Go (Videoclips 1 and 2 below):   I felt a little out of place without a great gown, so I used Msdonna-isque gloves to fun-up my pink gown, and made the short trip by car from Westchester.  

B. Arriving at the Hilton Hotel  (Videoclip 3 below - : The lobby was abuzz. People everywhere dressed to the nines. Excitement is building.

C. The Red Carpet (3 videoclips below, numbered 4a, 4b and 4c): How fabulous meeting several celebrities close-up. Who would have guessed that Chad Michaels, winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, is so spiritual?  Or that Taylor Dane is so health conscious?  And how beautiful they all are, even under the intensely bright lights! Very creative outfits and masks!  Watch the videoclip and take a listen to the interesting conversations.

D. After the Red Carpet (Videoclip 5 below) - Fran Sisco talks with others, following the Red Carpet.


VideoVoom videoclips:
  • Below is Videoclip 1 - before trip to Night of A Thousand Gowns, starts with Fran at home with set-up of evening 


    Below is Videoclip 2 - Fran Sisco drives to Manhattan, asks a parking garage attendant to videotape her in her gown, and arrives at Hilton Holel


    Below is Videoclip 3 - Fran Sisco is in the hotel talking with people and soon to enter the Red Carpet room.


    Below is Videoclip 4a - Part 1 of 3 of the Red Carpet coverage by Fran Sisco.


    Below is Videoclip 4b - Part 2 of 3 of the Red Carpet coverage by Fran Sisco (including Chad Michaels of RuPaul's "Drag Race" and near end including Taylor Dane.


    Below is Videoclip 4c - Part 3 of 3 of the Red Carpet coverage by Fran Sisco (including more of Taylor Dane, Alex Lecourt and several others.


    Below is Videoclip 5 -Following the Red Carpet, Fran Sisco talked with others before entering the Night of A Thousand Gowns (NOATG) ballroom.

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