Stars step out to support the LGBT Center of New York at Cipriani Wall Street

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Mary-Louise Parker attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Mary-Louise Parker attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Stacy London (L) and Whoopi Goldberg attend The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Nico Tortorella attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: (L-R) Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, and Stacy London attend The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Cynthia Nixon attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Stacy London attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Stacy London attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: (L-R) Nico Tortorella, Eric Rutherford, and Kyle Krieger attend The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Jenna Lyons attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Jenna Lyons attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Michael C. Hall attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Michael C. Hall attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Eric Rutherford attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Kyle Krieger attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Kyle Krieger attends The LGBT Center of New York's annual fundraising dinner honoring Mary-Louise Parker and BNY Mellon at Cipriani Wall Street on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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By: Gibson Johns

Some of New York City's biggest stars stepped out on Thursday night for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center's premiere annual fundraiser, the Center Dinner, which raised over one million dollars to support the LGBT community.

Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Nixon, Michael C. Hall and a handful of other stars showed their support at Cipriani Wall Street for the lavish dinner that was honored Emmy-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker for her years of dedication to the LGBT community.

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"It feels really, really sweet and heartening," Parker told AOL exclusively about the high honor. "The kind of work that the LGBT Center is doing is really necessary because, even though there is less of a stigma now, there still needs to be a place that kids can go and feel safe, especially minority kids."

Those sentiments were echoed by TV personality Stacy London, who has been supporting the Center for years. While she commended the "incredible work" being done by the organization, she made sure to note that "there needs to be more of it."

"I hate, in a sense, that there's just one big gala," she explained. "You want to do something every day to let kids -- especially LGBT kids -- know how wanted and loved and cherished they are. All kids need to know that. The fact that we're trying to raise money for that tonight -- to help kids get off the street and fight drug addiction -- is the least we can do."

London was alluding to the fact that the proceeds were given to the LGBT Center's newest program, SAINT, which is the "first-ever LGBT-teen outpatient-clinic treating addiction and substance abuse."

Michael C. Hall, who was attending his first Center Dinner last night, additionally called attention to the prevalence of addiction within the LGBT community.

"I'm just happy to lend my support," he expressed to us. "I'm all for people recognizing that they're not alone and finding a way out of what may seem like an unavoidable prison of a situation. Addition is something that so many people deal with, but this organization recognizes that it's such a potent issue."

The overarching understanding was that the Center's beautiful event was all about supporting young people and showing them that, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, that they're not alone. It was a sentiment that honoree Mary-Louise Parker felt particularly strongly about, bringing to mind her two children.

"Kids need to know that there are places they can go: Just having that kind of help accessible to them all the time is really crucial," she explained. "And it's really beautiful that my kids are growing up at a time when there's nothing weird about saying that a man is marrying a man or a woman is marrying a woman."

Nico Tortorella, who has shot to fame since starring alongside Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff on TV Land's hit series "Younger," told us that the idea that he finds to be the most important to impart onto the younger generation of the LGBT community is a simple one: acceptance.

"In Hollywood, there are so many unwritten rules -- and there have been in the past -- and I think that so many people are doing a great job of breaking those down these days," he said. "Anything is possible, and we don't have to shy away from who we are or who we love for anything."

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