NYCLU / ACLU Sing Out for Freedom - LIfe, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Fabulous
Amber Ruffin

Hosted by Amber Ruffin

November 13, 2023, 7:30 p.m., NYU Skirball Center

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About the 2023 Show

The 2023 Sing Out theme was Sing Out for Freedom: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Fabulous, and it highlighted the NYCLU’s work to protect all New Yorkers from discrimination, including work with New Yorkers for Equal Rights to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and work with the ACLU Drag Defense Fund to defend LGBTQ+ Rights.

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Sing Out 2022 honoree Padma Lakshmi

Past Shows

With Erich as Executive Producer, the 2022 event showcased two decades of progress made by the NYCLU and ACLU thanks to our amazing staff, partners, and supporters like you. We were thrilled to honor Padma Lakshmi and Patti Smith for their dedicated contributions to social justice advocacy. We also celebrated NYCLU Artist Ambassador co-chair and musical theatre composer Shaina Taub with the NYCLU’s annual Michael Friedman Freedom Award, named for the late composer and Sing Out contributor.

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The Artist Ambassador program was created to help amplify the NYCLU’s fight for civil rights and liberties. The program engages, educates and empowers arts community members who are passionate about the intersection of art and social justice.


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Note of Accessibility

The ACLU strives to create inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals to fully engage with its programming. The venue is accessible and includes the following features: Handicap seating and Assistive Listening Devices.

For this event, we are providing ASL interpretation.

If you need other accommodations to be able to fully participate in this event, please contact Ari Conte at by Monday, November 6th. If you have questions, please contact Ari Conte at any time.


Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

Please note masking is optional unless community spread is high, or if someone was recently exposed to COVID or is experiencing symptoms. Attendees must attest to being fully vaccinated or have an accommodation (full dose of the primary vaccine and one booster (this can be any booster dose; does not have to be the most recent one).

Please note that participation in in-person events carries risk of COVID-19 exposure, and particularly to unvaccinated individuals. Please consider your personal health risks and, if appropriate, consult with your personal health care provider before deciding to participate. Do not participate if you conclude that you would be putting yourself, your loved ones, or others with whom you are in regular contact at risk by doing so. This is a personal decision for which the ACLU and NYCLU are not responsible.

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