On March 22, 2014, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Steering Committee presented their yearly LGBT rights event at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton / J.W. Marriott Hotel 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015. The HRC hosted a black tie event, red carpet, silent auction, and a cocktail reception.
Each year, the HRC selects a motivated speaker to come to express his or her views regarding human rights. This years’ key speaker for the splendid event was Vice President, Joe Biden. His lovely wife Dr. Jill Biden was in attendance. She introduced Mr. Biden to a full room of more than 1000 people.The outspoken Vice President did not hold anything back. Everyone in the room was listening to every word he spoke. He expressed that the HRC has come a long way regarding human rights and equality. He emphasized that all of their hard work will not be overlooked. The speech was excellent. His great sense of humor made everyone laugh.
“The single most basic of all human rights is the right to decide who you love,” Vice President Biden said in his remarks.
Biden is the 47th Vice President of the United States. He is serving a second term as Vice President since President Obama was re-elected to the presidency in 2012. As we all know, he is an excellent speaker and is well known for his support of all human rights. He was involved with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which provided billions of dollars in federal funds to address this issue.
The VIP reception, red carpet arrivals and Silent Auction started around 5:00 p.m. Baskets of wine, paintings, household items, and lots of outrageous gifts were displayed for auction. It was a great atmosphere to network and bid on great items. A delicious dinner started at 7:00 p.m. Celebrity supporters such as Jeff Perry (Actor), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Actor), Justin Mikita (Actor), Meredith Baxter (Actress), Reid Scott (Actor), Paris Barclay (Director/Producer), John Ridley (Screenwriter for 12 Years a Slave) and HRC President Chad Griffin were in attendance.
About The Human Rights Campaign: 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. For more information visit http://www.hrc.org/
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