Washington, DC (October 2, 2011) – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, hosted the 15th Annual National Dinner on Saturday, October 1, at the Washington Convention Center. President Barack Obama, in his second appearance as President at the HRC National Dinner, provided the keynote message and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg received the National Ally for Equality Award was presented by actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Representative Tammy Baldwin was also a featured speaker while artist Cyndi Lauper and new artist Greyson Chance performed a memorable close. British singer Mika sent attendees dancing to his electric after-party concert.
“This has been a remarkable year in the fight for LGBT equality,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “We’re thrilled to be joined by national leaders and inspiring artists as we celebrate our victories and redouble our efforts for the fights that remain ahead.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was awarded the National Ally for Equality Award for his advocacy on marriage equality in New York State. The sold-out event drew more than 3,000 attendees during the evening. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tipper Gore and DC Mayor Vincent Gray were also in attendance.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.