The Human Rights Campaign dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday night, March 30, may well turn into the pause that refreshes in an overheated political climate of division, hate and uncertainty. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a pro-equality candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination and a Stanford University friend of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, will be the featured speaker in a gala that will also honor six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera (HRC Ally for Equality Award) and Emmy Award-winning actor, producer and LGBTQ advocate Yeardley Smith (HRC National Leadership Award).
Artists Betty Who and Shea Diamond will perform, as will comedian Dana Goldberg.
“Senator Cory Booker is a long-time friend and champion of our community whose leadership on LGBTQ rights and commitment to social justice has helped advance equality in New Jersey and across America,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a press release. “As a lead co-sponsor of the Equality Act, which will extend crucial non-discrimination protections to millions of LGBTQ people across the country, Senator Booker has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to our community and we are honored to welcome him to one of our most crucial events of the year.”
HRC notes that Booker has a consistent 100% rating on the HRC Congressional Scorecard and has spoken several times for major HRC audiences. He joined more than 280 members of Congress, 170 major businesses and 300 statewide and national organizations in supporting the reintroduce the Equality Act in Congress earlier this month. The measure has unprecedented support from nearly 70 percent of Americans.
The HRC/LA gala is being held at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE on Sat. March 30. Other guests expected to attend include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Paris Barclay, Alexandra Billings, Kimora Blac, Raymond Braun, Betty DeGeneres, Guillermo Diaz, Nyle DiMarco, Fortune Feimster, Sam Greisman, Marcia Gay Harden, Alex Landi, Ira Madison, Ross Mathews, Teri Polo, Adam Rippon, Josie Totah, Aisha Tyler, Lachlan Watson, Blossom Brown, Scott Evans, Alex Landi, Ross Mathews and many more.
Oscar-winning director Paris Barclay co-produced with Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black a video series for an HRC campaign “Americans for the Equality Act,” to raise awareness about the proposed bill to end discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The first video features actress Sally Field and her gay son, Sam Greisman.
This gala will be HRC President Chad Griffin’s last LA dinner as head of the LGBT civil rights organization.
Tickets and further information are available at http://www.hrcladinner.com/.