The spotlight will shine on our community’s best and brightest at the Stonewall National Museum & Archives’s benefit gala, Stonewall Stars: Turning the Tide. This event, co-chaired by Fred Brugal and Rob Delehanty, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Manor Complex, 2345 Wilton Drive. Stonewall’s annual gala benefits its museum programming and library services. This year’s event will also serve as a preview for the new Stonewall exhibit, Stonewall Stars, which will be on display from Nov. 21 to Dec. 31.

Last year the Stonewall Exhibit Our Stars: Gifts from Celebrities displayed personal artifacts ranging from Franklin Kameny’s protest signs to Martina Navratilova’s tennis racquet. This year Stonewall Stars will showcase more noteworthy items connected to members of the LGBT community. One of these is a gown by Project Runway designer Chris March, which Meryl Streep wore to the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony. Another one is a film projector that belonged to the late author/activist Vito Russo, who literally wrote the book about film depictions of LGBT people in The Celluloid Closet. Stonewall Stars will also feature a pair of eyeglasses from comedian Kate Clinton and a Purple Heart from the Reverend John McNeill.

Both Stonewall Stars: Turning the Tide and the Stonewall Stars exhibit will celebrate champions of marriage equality on both the national and the local level. The gala will honor retiring U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D.-Mass.) and his husband, Jim Ready, for their contributions to marriage equality. (Rep. Frank and Mr. Ready donated one of their wedding invitations to be exhibited at Stonewall Stars.) In addition to accepting his award, Rep. Frank will take this opportunity to discuss the state of marriage equality and other relevant issues in the post-election cycle. Also appearing at the gala is Logan Voxx, 2011 Out 100 honoree and founder of Positive Young People. David Bernard, CBS4 News’ Chief Meteorologist, will host this event, which features dancing, cocktails and a dinner with salad, one of three entrees, and a “scrumptious” dessert. Finally, a special announcement will be made about Stonewall’s upcoming 40th anniversary.

General admission tickets to Stonewall Stars: Turning the Tide are $75.  VIP tickets are $150 and include free valet parking and an open bar in the Ivy Room Lounge. Those who donate $500 will have the opportunity to attend a limited-attendance brunch on November 18 with Rep. Frank and Mr. Ready. There will also be a Stonewall Stars Pre-Party at the Alibi, 2226 Wilton Drive, on Thursday, Nov/ 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets visit Tickets are also available at the Manor after 4 p.m., from Wednesday to Sunday.