The RED Table Design Gala is one of the biggest fundraising events in Dayton. Since its inception in 1996, this biennial event – highlighting the talents, creativity, and imagination of the area’s top designers – has grown into one of the most memorable events in the region, raising nearly $3 million dollars for Equitas Health’s critical healthcare services.


Reach. Empower. Dream. A world without HIV/AIDS.

Twenty-three years ago, on the night of our first RED Dayton event, the idea of a world without HIV did indeed feel like a dream—one we were willing to reach for though the course was not clear. Today we stand empowered, the tools to end the epidemic firmly in our grasp.

Stonewall: 50 Years of Pride and Progress

The table designs are the stars of this event – showcasing outstanding tablescapes echoing the night’s theme, Stonewall: 50 Years of Pride & Process.  Imagine our guests’ delight as they enjoy tables designed around some of the iconic progress of the past 50 years of LGBTQ history!  So many historic events and achievements helped to ignite and propel the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement, and we are excited to celebrate the people, policies, events, and many other important moments that have shaped American history.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of the LGBTQ+ liberation, RED Dayton Table Design will honor the historical events and achievements that helped to ignite and propel the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement in the United States.

This timeline is designed as a starting point for discussions.

  • In 1969, police raid the Stonewall Inn in New York City. Protests and demonstrations begin, and it later becomes known as the impetus for the gay civil rights movement in the United States.
  • On June 28, 1970, community members in New York City march through the local streets to recognize the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots. This event is named Christopher Street Liberation Day, and is now considered the first gay pride parade.
  • In 1973, Lambda Legal becomes the first legal organization established to fight for the equal rights of gays and lesbians. Lambda also becomes their own first client after being denied non-profit status; the New York Supreme Court eventually rules that Lambda Legal can exist as a non-profit.
  • The first meeting of “Parents and Friends of Gays” is held on March 26, 1973, which goes national as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 1982.
  • In 1974, Kathy Kozachenko becomes the first openly LGBT American elected to any public office when she wins a seat on the Ann Arbor, Michigan City Council.
  • After undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 1975, ophthalmologist and professional tennis player Renee Richards is banned from competing in the women’s US Open because of a “women-born-women” rule. Richards challenges the decision and in 1977, the New York Supreme Court rules in her favor. Richards competed in the 1977 US Open.
  • 1978 – Inspired by Harvey Milk to develop a symbol of pride and hope for the LGBT community, Gilbert Baker designs and stitches together the first rainbow flag.
  • October 14, 1979 – The first National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights takes place. It draws an estimated 75,000 to 125,000 individuals marching for LGBT rights.
  • In 1981, doctors identify first cases of what they term “Gay-Related Immune Deficiency” (GRID). Soon the disease’s name is changed to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
  • March 2, 1982 – Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • In 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt was displayed for the first time on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
  • November 30, 1993 – President Bill Clinton signs a military policy directive that prohibits openly gay and lesbian Americans from serving in the military, but also prohibits the harassment of “closeted” homosexuals. The policy is known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
  • September 21, 1996 – President Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act, banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage and defining marriage as “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.”
  • December 3, 1996 – Hawaii’s Judge Chang rules that the state does not have a legal right to deprive same-sex couples of the right to marry, making Hawaii the first state to recognize that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to the same privileges as heterosexual married couples.
  • In 2015, the Obergefell v. Hodges landmark civil rights case in which the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples. GOAL

Stonewall Uprising History: In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, New York City Police staged a raid of the Stonewall Inn, intending to use state force to threaten the LGBTQ+ patrons. Instead, they encountered a community unwilling to hide a moment longer. The raid sparked an uprising—five nights of demonstrations on the streets of New York City. The uprising galvanized a nationwide movement—50 years and counting of LGBTQ+ activism and advocacy that has reshaped every sector of our society.

This year at RED we will look back at the five decades that followed the Stonewall Uprising—the struggles, advancements, setbacks, celebrations—50 years of unabashed pride—and draw strength for the journey from the distance we have traveled.

All proceeds from the RED Table Design Gala will benefit the Dayton Medical Center.  The Center delivers high quality patient-centered, accessible, cost-effective, and timely primary health care to all; provides high impact prevention, health and wellness services; and is the gateway to good health for those impacted by HIV/AIDS, for the LGBTQ community, and for those who seek a welcoming healthcare home.