New York City, NY (The Hollywood Times) 1/30/17 – From the pitch of dark that threatens to engulf, blight and suffocate this country’s spirit of long-and-hard-fought-for human rights, brightly lit beacons glowing with a promise of hope have emerged to take a vital public stand against a now disturbingly visceral wave of venom-riddled racism, bigotry and pig-ignorant discrimination in this the Age of Anxiety.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, has announced that the groundbreaking film Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins, critically acclaimed multi-award-winning actress Meryl Streep, and comedian Seth Meyers will, all three, be honored at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday February 11th 2017 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City at this celebrated annual event raising crucial funds in the fight for full LGBTQ equality. Continue reading “HRC GALA TO HONOR THOSE WHO HONOR LGBTQ”→
Washington, DC (The Hollywood Times) 10/27/16 – Just two weeks before a divisive national election that will greatly impact the future of LGBT rights, one might expect palpable stress at an HRC event. Yet if the DC politicos attending the event were carrying the weight of the election, it dissipated quickly. Chefs for Equality was a moment of unrepentant joy in the midst of election gloom, celebrating the artistry of D.C.’s foodie culture and the strength of D.C.’s LGBT community. Continue reading “The Human Rights Campaign’s 5th Annual Chefs for Equality”→
Many are calling 2016 The Year of the Woman! The Human Rights Campaign is throwing a HER party in Palm Springs on Sunday, November 13th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Las Palmas neighborhood in Palm Springs.
Entertainment will be provided by comedienne Suzanne Westenhoeffer and singer Jennifer Corday. Local sponsors will be the following woman-owned businesses: Lynn Hammond (catering) and Studio Kate (decorations and flowers). The national sponsors will be Women on a Roll, Olivia Travel and Ketel One.
Event tickets are $50. The cost includes cocktails, appetizers, entertainment and annual or renewal membership in the HRC and supports the work of the HRC Foundation! Tickets may be purchased online at hrc.im/PalmSpringsHerHRC
All women are invited to attend. Let’s CELEBRATE!!!
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) believes that women, including transgender women, straight allies, women of color, and women of all economic backgrounds, are key to our success as a civil rights organization and essential to the LGBT movement’s ability to win equality for all. We also believe that we can and must reflect the diverse communities in which we live and work. Continue reading “HRC’s HER Party Coming to Palm Springs on November 13th”→
A new sense of urgency filled the vast ballroom at the HRC gala. While the 3,600 attendees came to raise their glasses to the many victories HRC has won, the importance of the upcoming presidential election and the tragedy of Pulse and were never far from anyone’s mind. The presence of Secret Service, who set up secure entrances complete with bomb-sniffing dogs, reinforced the new normal for political and LGBTQ events in 2016. Continue reading “2016 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner”→
Human Rights Campaign Relentless in Fight for Equality
By Brittany Banks
Photos By Devin Payne – THT
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/15/2015 – “When you’re thrust into a situation where 100 percent of your fans are women and you keep getting told things by the record label… Not that ‘if you’re gay, don’t come out,’ but certain things that allude to keeping your private life private… I was scared, so scared,” recalls former *NSYNC superstar Lance Bass. Continue reading “Stars Jump at the Chance to Honor Shonda Rhimes and Michael Lombardo”→
Laguna, CA. (The Hollywood Times) 8/4/2014 ~ For 16 consecutive seasons on television, the hit show, The Biggest Loser, has inspired millions of people with real-life struggles of individuals battling issues with their weight and self-image. Coaches like Bob Harper not only give expert weight loss training advice and help their participants to look better, but they also help them have a change of mind. A change of mind brings about a change in action.
HRC’s OC/LB/PS and their Corporate and Individual sponsors, hosted the Summer of Equality Garden Party at one of Laguna’s most beautiful and quaint, 1920’s era cottages; and the turnout was something city residents would be proud of. Approximately a couple hundred people gathered to support HRC and marriage equality. Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser was the keynote speaker.
With that same life-changing zeal Bob Harper shares on the television program, Bob spoke from his heart about what it was like being a gay man and how he came out on his show. His words were genuine and filled with enthusiasm. “The battle for equality is not over,” was his herald and the crowd agreed. He shared about how he personally took it upon himself to “come out” publicly, and how he knew that his stance in the open would make a difference. He challenged the group to do the same, and help us bring change to areas like the conservative South which mostly denies marriage equality.
Many prominent members of the community were there from various companies and local businesses, as well as individuals, rallying together to support HRC’s push to bring marriage equality to all 50 states. The Human Rights Campaign, in Washington, DC, sent David Yu to attend the event. David is the Major Gifts Officer for HRC.
Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a sweeping ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on marriage equality. This pivotal decision, which could be applied to Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, is the third appeals court ruling to strike down state marriage bans in just one month.
Not only does this case contribute to the momentum for marriage equality that is sweeping our nation, but one of the plaintiff couples, Mary Townley and Carol Schall, are HRC members just like you.
Before they joined this case, Mary and Carol reached out to HRC and detailed the discrimination they faced when their home state of Virginia refused to recognize their legal California marriage. HRC connected them with the American Foundation for Equal Rights so that they could take their case to federal court alongside the other plaintiffs in this case, Tim Bostic and Tony London. HRC is proud to support the Bostic case and AFER as they work to secure marriage for all Americans.
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Since the Human Rights Campaign launched Project One America this Spring, excitement about our work in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas has outstripped our highest hopes. There’s barely a day that goes by that I or our Membership team don’t receive an email from an LGBT person in the Deep South who is reaching out to us for the very first time—feeling like they have real hope for the future and asking how they can get involved.Now the hard work begins. We’ve all got to work together to turn that optimism into real and lasting progress. Already, we’re seeing town after town in Mississippi adopting resolutions endorsing the equal dignity of their LGBT residents. After a new discriminatory law went into effect in the Magnolia State, a grassroots campaign has inspired local businesses to hang up signs declaring their refusal to discriminate against LGBT customers. And, of course, the images of proud Arkansas same-sex couples lining up to get married in their own home state reached across this country and around the world—defining a bold new phase of this movement.But what we’ve always known is that if you want to change laws, you’ve got to change hearts and minds, too.That’s why HRC and Project One America, supported by the HRC Foundation, are in the midst of what we’re calling the “Summer of Conversations.” From living room to living room, we’re bringing together LGBT people, their coworkers, their neighbors, and the folks they go to church with every week to have open, honest, and sometimes challenging conversations about how we can move equality forward. We’ve provided a Toolkit that volunteer leaders can use at each of these events, and the Project One America staff is already getting incredible feedback from the meetings that have occurred so far. What we’ve found is that many people have wanted to have these kinds of conversations for years. They’ve just been waiting for the chance.
HRC has been lucky to be able to lift up the stories of some truly incredible local advocates in these three states. People like Bryson, a transgender Mississippian who goes to work every day in the face of harassment on the job. Or Tippi and Barb in Arkansas, who took their activism to the next level after Tippi lost her job just for getting married. Even incredible public figures like Representative Patricia Todd, the only openly-LGBT member of the Alabama legislature—or allies like Derrick Johnson, the brilliant and dedicated head of the Mississippi NAACP.
And just this week, our religion and faith staff and faith leaders in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansasjoined together with hundreds of community members to talk more about being spiritual and LGBT in the South. At faith gatherings in each state, people spoke about the role faith plays in their everyday lives and while also facing rejection from their places of worship. Countless people walked away inspired by the words they heard and the bonds they formed with their neighbors and allies.
Project One America is just getting started, and we know from the legal and public opinion landscape in these three states that we’ve got a long, long way to go. But there is no ignoring the fact that the LGBT community in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas is just as fired up as anywhere else in this country, if not even more so. We’re so lucky to support them in this fight, and I’m proud to call this work central to HRC’s national and international struggle for equality in the years to come.
Thirty-three years ago this month, a headline in the New York Times marked the beginning of an epidemic.
In 2014, we can never forget that our fight for equality is deeply connected to the fight against the silence and stigma surrounding HIV. In fact, the LGBT community’s very first victorious roll call vote on Capitol Hill came when HRC and other LGBT groups fought to defeat an amendment targeting HIV-positive Americans in 1986. In the years since President Obama entered the White House, our federal work on HIV/AIDS has accelerated dramatically. Together, we have worked to end the HIV Travel Ban, implement the President’s bold National HIV Strategy, and pass legislation including a reauthorization of the Ryan White Care Act and the HOPE Act.Continue reading “New York Times~~Broke the News To Us!”→