New York, NY — Family Equality, the nation’s leading organization for current and future LGBTQ+ families, is delighted to honor trailblazing reality stars and powerhouse couple Amrit Kapai and Nicholas Kouchoukos with the Visibility Award at Night at the Pier at Pier Sixty on May 15. Amrit and Nicholas join a moving program produced by Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen featuring soon-to-be-announced Broadway performances, celebrity DJs, powerful storytelling, and inspirational remarks from Family Equality’s CEO, Stacey Stevenson.
“I am beyond thrilled to honor Amrit and Nicholas, two outspoken changemakers putting a national spotlight on current and future LGBTQ+ families by sharing their story with the world,” said Stacey Stevenson, CEO of Family Equality. “At Family Equality, we believe that the more that Americans get a glimpse into the joys and challenges facing families like mine and theirs, the greater acceptance and equality we will achieve. By letting the world see what it’s like to come out, get married, and begin the path to parenthood as an interracial gay couple, Amrit and Nicholas are shifting culture and paving the way for a world where everyone can experience the love and belonging of family.”
Amrit (Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, Class of 2011) is a partner at the law firm Goldstein & McClintock LLLP in Miami, FL, where he specializes in corporate restructuring and litigation, but recently he found another meaningful calling: serving as a voice for the South Asian LGBTQ+ community through his cast member role on Bravo TV’s Family Karma alongside Nicholas Kouchoukos, his now husband.
Nicholas graduated from NYU Steinhardt and is a trained teacher, most recently teaching 4th and 5th grade Spanish Language Arts at a Dual Language school in Chicago Public Schools. Amrit has been recognized internationally for this groundbreaking role, earning a spot on the coveted Out 100 list, which recognizes members of the LGBTQ+ community for their trailblazing, ripple-inducing, and culture-shifting impact worldwide. Emory University, his undergraduate alma mater (’08), recognized Amrit in their 2021 class of 40 Under Forty, and he was honored with the Visibility Award by the Human Rights Campaign. Amrit’s emotional, televised coming out to his late grandmother and gay interracial wedding to Nicholas, the first of its kind to appear on national television, was instrumental in Family Karma securing a nomination for Best Outstanding Reality Series at the 2022 GLAAD Media Awards and 2023 GLAAD Media Awards, respectively.
About Night at the Pier
Night at the Pier will take place at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City on May 15. With hundreds of anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in states nationwide that seek to silence and erase the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth and families, Night at the Pier is a special evening spotlighting and celebrating the stories of LGBTQ+ families, advocates, and allies. It’s also an opportunity to garner support for this critical work. Past honorees have included Jordan Roth and Richie Jackson, Scott Ellis, Sergio Trujillo, Katie Couric, ABC’s miniseries When We Rise, and more.
The 2023 Night at the Pier Honorary Chairs are Daryl Roth and Nick Scandalios. This year’s event chairs are Agneishka Burke, Luigi Caiola, Merritt Johnson, Jeannie Uyanik, Samantha Lippitt, Andrew Van Degna, Xavier Van Degna, Jeannie Uyanik, and Jason Weinberg.
Family Equality gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Night at the Pier sponsors: (Diamond) Caiola Productions and the McGill Caiola Family; (Platinum) The Nederlander Organization (Gold) Nick Scandalios and the John Gore Organization; (Bronze) Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Christopher Street Financial, Hiro Premium Japanese Sake, Weeks Lerman, and Sam Rosenblatt and Mario D’Andrea; (Friend) Boston IVF, Cigna, Growing Generations, Hiro Premium Japanese Sake, Insperity, KVL Audio Visual Services, and Nicholson Events; (National Corporate Sponsors) Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, California Cryobank, CCS Fundraising, Clockwork, Fidelity, Johnson and Johnson Care with Pride, Nederlander, Organon, Playbill, Target, and Warner Brothers Discovery.
Purchase tickets at nightatthepier.com.
About Family Equality
Family Equality is creating a world where everyone can experience the love, safety, and belonging of family. As the leading national organization for current and future LGBTQ+ families, we work to ensure that everyone has the freedom to find, form, and sustain their families by advancing LGBTQ+ equality through advocacy, support, storytelling, and education.
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