New York’s Callen-Lorde Community Health Center is the beneficiary of a grant from this year’s Golden Globes.
Callen-Lorde provides health care services to New York’s LGBT community. Its lineage has been around for nearly 50 years. The center — with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx — is named after Michael Callen, an Indiana composer, singer and AIDS activist and Audre Lorde, a Black, lesbian poet.
Golden Globes Ambassador Satchel Lee chose Callen-Lorde as her philanthropic cause. Lee is the daughter of filmmaker Spike Lee and producer Tonya Lewis Lee.
“We’re proud to carry our father’s legacy of storytelling to bring attention to communities close to our hearts,” said Satchel Lee, in a press release provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “This year has illuminated just how disproportionately Black and Brown people and the LGBTQ+ communities are affected by pre-existing conditions, so it’s an honor for me to be able to shine a spotlight on the heroic doctors and nurses at Callen-Lorde who work tirelessly to care for some of the most vulnerable people in New York City.”
Lee, 26, is a writer whose previous projects include a stint as creative director of DRØME, a queer and intersectional arts and culture magazine. In a 2019 interview with Vogue Magazine, Lee said she identified as bisexual.
Callen-Lorde will receive $25,000 from Lee’s charitable designation.
“We are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to work with Satchel over the next year to bring awareness to the health disparities that LGBTQ+ communities face,” said Wendy Stark, executive director of Callen-Lorde, in a press release. “With her support and the generous financial support of the HFPA, we will continue to fight for health equity and racial justice — which we know are inextricably linked — to improve the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ people and communities of color in New York and beyond.”
Satchel’s younger brother Jackson is also serving as a Golden Globes ambassador. Jackson chose Big Brothers Big Sisters as his philanthropic cause. The 78th Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will air live on NBC Feb. 28.