Iconic Dinner Addresses Real Issues

Ricky Martin began the dinner with a reminder of how far he has come.

Remarking how proud he is to be a voice in the LGBT community, singer Ricky Martin encouraged guests to find their seats at the sold out 14th Annual Human Rights Campaign Dinner.

Critical issues for the LGBT community like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the obstacles facing the Defense of Marriage Act were discussed, but the most talked about was teen suicide.

Keynote speaker Valerie Jarrett, who is a senior advisor and assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama administration, addressed this issue with a full heart and announced a National Bullying Summit that will take place soon.

Bette Midler was there to introduce honoree Pink, actress Mo’Nique introduced honoree Precious director Lee Daniels.

Modern Family actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, and Real Housewives of DC cast philanthropist Mary Amons, writer Cat Ommanney and stylist Paul Wharton were gracious attendees.

The Dinner hosted over 3,000 advocates, who left with a serious message served with a side of celebration.


To find more resources on Suicide and Bullying, go to HRC’s Youth and Campus Activism page.

Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas. These are real children who didn’t have anyone to talk to, or felt like they had didn’t have an ally. Together, we can change that.

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