Social media is turning red with support for same-sex marriage. From creative versions of the logo to brands to conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly, it seems like everything and everyone is jumping into the debate. Gillian Pensavalle has the story.
Anne Sweeney from Disney/ABC Television Group honored at 2013 HRC Los Angeles Gala Dinner hosted by Tom Bergeron
City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa makes his last appearance at 2013 HRC LA Gala. Make Equality Count and Prop. 8 and DOMA was one of the main topic discussed at the 2013 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala Dinner event.
On Saturday, March 23, 2013 The Human Rights Campaign held their number one fundraising event The 2013 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala Dinner at the JW Marriott L.A. Live Hotel 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Honoree Anne Sweeney is co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, as well as radio and publishing businesses. For more information visit The Walt Disney Company.
Make Equality Count and Prop. 8 and DOMA was one of the main topic issues at the event. As well to recognize Ally’s of Equality such as City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and to honor Disney/ABC Television Group with the Corporate Equality Award for the company’s support of equality for the LGBT community. The award was presented to the company’s president, Anne Sweeney.
Some of the event program celebrities, politicians and special guests included:
Kris Perry & Sandy Stier and Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, Christine Gregoire, Mark Takano, Anne Sweeney, Rob Reiner, Tom Bergeron, Kerry Washington and Chad Griffin. The event dinner co-chairs were Ted Holmquist & Gwen Baba.
The 2013 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala Dinner featured special guests and celebrities arrivals, dinner, gift bag, award presentation. Also inspirational and supporting speeches on Marriage Equality to win Prop. 8 and DOMA in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is schedule to hear arguments on both the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8. Prop. 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry on Tuesday, March 26 and Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
Supporters and activists expect a ruling on this discriminatory law by next June. If the Supreme Court decides in favor of equality, more than a quarter of Americans will live in states where LGBT couples can marry legally. And if they rule DOMA unconstitutional, every single one of those couples will have the same federal rights and benefits of marriage as heterosexual couples.
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/
About The Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Steering Committee:
The Los Angeles Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign is a diverse volunteer group of individuals working each and every day to bring the mission of HRC to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender and straight-supportive people in this area. For more information visit http://hrcladinner.com/about_us.html
Photos credit to: Alireza Kia/Alireza Kia Photography for Diversity News Magazine.
Editor’s Note: We want to thanks HRC for allowing Diversity News Magazine and Diversity News teams to cover the 2013 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala Dinner, a very well organized and important event.
On Friday, March 2, 2012 The Human Rights Campaign announced that Chad H. Griffin was appointed as the next president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, by the organization’s Board of Directors. Griffin, a national communications and policy strategist, is widely credited for being the mastermind behind the federal lawsuit to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which has now been ruled unconstitutional by two federal courts.
Griffin’s appointment follows an extensive six month search by the board that included the consideration of over one hundred diverse and extremely well-qualified candidates from the worlds of business, academia and activism. Griffin will assume his new responsibilities on June 11, 2012. Current HRC president Joe Solmonese will continue to lead the organization until that time.
The founding partner of strategic communications and campaign firm, Griffin|Schein, Griffin has taken on entrenched, well-financed interests like Big Tobacco, Big Oil and the far right, and shaped national policy debates around equal rights, clean energy, universal health care, stem cell research, and early childhood education. He has also led groundbreaking ballot initiative campaigns including the largest ballot initiative ever recorded, Proposition 87: California’s Clean Alternative Energy Initiative; the Proposition 10 campaign, which generates $600 million a year for early childhood education; and Proposition 71, which secured billions of dollars for stem cell research despite the Bush Administration ban.
Griffin is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of the Prop. 8 lawsuit. He is personally responsible for recruiting the legal dream team of Theodore Olson and David Boies to successfully argue the case. Griffin will remain on the board of directors of AFER.
A veteran of the Clinton White House communications team, and a native of Arkansas, Griffin was highly motivated by young people in taking this new endeavor. “All over this country in big cities and small towns, there are families and young people who long to be accepted for who they are, and who want be treated with the same dignity and respect as everyone else,” said Griffin. “I’m honored by the board’s confidence in my ability to lead HRC. While there’s no doubt that we’ve made tremendous progress on the road to equality, we must not forget that millions of LGBT Americans still lack basic legal protections and suffer the consequences of discrimination every day. Today’s generation of young people, and each generation hereafter, must grow up with the full and equal protection of our laws, and finally be free to participate in the American dream. As HRC president, I’ll approach our work with a great sense of urgency because there are real life consequences to inaction.”
HRC Co-Chair Tim Downing and HRC Foundation Co-Chair Sandra Hartness spoke on behalf of their colleagues on the Board of Directors, “We’re ecstatic to have someone of Chad’s caliber as our next president. His superior credentials and achievements, both as a visionary and strategist, make him uniquely qualified to lead this organization forward. Chad has a proven track record of consistently delivering results during his career. That’s something that our community rightly expects and deserves.”
With over a million members and supporters, HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the local, state and federal levels by mobilizing grassroots supporters, lobbying elected officials, proactively educating and changing the hearts and minds of fair-minded Americans, and investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials. Founded in 1980, HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs.
HRC consists of two separate non-profit organizations: the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on research, advocacy and education and the Human Rights Campaign, a 501(c)(4) organization that focuses on lobbying Congress, state and local officials for support of pro-LGBT bills, and mobilizing grassroots action amongst its members. The combined annual budget of both organizations was approximately $40 million in 2011.
Professional colleagues and friends have been unanimous in their praise of Griffin’s appointment (some of them are):
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:
“I congratulate Chad Griffin on his appointment as the new President of HRC. I’m confident Chad will continue to provide the strong leadership that HRC has become known for here in Washington. I’m proud to count myself as a strong supporter of issues important to the LGBT community and look forward to working with Chad and HRC to advance these issues.”
Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus, NAACP:
“Chad Griffin is a great choice – he is a major leader in the fight for equality. HRC has staged a coup!”
Anthony Romero, Executive Director, ACLU:
“Chad’s appointment to the Human Rights Campaign comes at a historic time for LGBT equality. Chad is exactly the right person to lead the organization at this incredible time. He has courage, passion, dynamism and a willingness to push tough issues forward in a thoughtful and strategic manner.”
Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles:
“Congratulations to Chad Griffin! There is no better person than Chad to take the helm of the Human Rights Campaign. Chad has proven he is a bold, insightful leader, and that is why I honored him with the Dream of Los Angeles Award during the City of Los Angeles’ first ever LGBT Heritage Month last year. I have every confidence that his fearless, deft and innovative approach to politics and problem solving will ensure HRC continues to lead the way.”
About The Human Rights Campaign (HRC):
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.
Sources: http://www.hrc.org, & LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Facebook
Photo credit to: http://www.hrc.org
Editor’s Note: Here at Diversity News Magazine published by Diversity News Publications we want to congratulate Chad Griffin and to wish him the best with HRC. Also thank you to Joe Solmonese for leading the organization for many years.
Are you ready to select your Delegates? They are the ones the represent their district for both the 2011 and 2012 State Conventions, Network with other Democrats, Represent your constituency, Elect Party officers, Promote the California Democratic Party agenda, Endorse candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional office and Vote to endorse resolutions and ballot measures.
They are 80 Assembly Districts in CA and 12 people (6 men / 6 women) are elected from each Assembly District. The CA 46th Assembly District will held their Delegate Elections on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at First and Hope 710 W. First Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
Here is the list with names and little biography of the 46th Assembly District Delegate Elections:
ABIOLA AFOLAYA has for the past three years represented public and private sector employees at AFSCME and UNITE HERE! at administrative hearings and contract negotiations. As a woman of color, throughout college and graduate school, Afolayan fought hard for democratic values that make America and California great; for dignity and equality for workers in the workplace; and for creating a sustainable environment. She continues this legacy professionally and plans to continue this legacy as an elected delegate. As a delegate, Afolayan plans to keep her ties with her community by consistently meeting with local leaders about local and global issues affecting her constituency in order to remain effective, grounded and accountable to her community.
DUSTIN BUSS lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles as a small business consultant. He has been an active volunteer and fundraiser for numerous local, state, and national elections, including Newsom, Brown, and Obama. Dustin also serves on the Board of Directors for California YMCA Youth & Government, a program that teaches California high school students about the state government processes. He is an active community member and leader in Downtown Los Angeles and a supporter of the Ketchum Downtown YMCA and the Grand Performances concert series. Dustin is excited to put his leadership experience and passion for Democratic principles to work as a Delegate for AD46.
FREDY CEJA is an openly HIV positive, gay male, born and raised in Los Angeles. He has served on the California HIV/AIDS Planning Group (CHPG) and Latino Advisory Board (LAB) to the California Office of AIDS. Past professional experience includes working for the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs, Bienestar Human Services, and Los Angeles Universal Preschool. He currently serves as Field Deputy for California State Senator Gil Cedillo (D-22), focusing on LGBT, HIV/AIDS, Preschool and K-12 education issues. He serves as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County HIV Commission. He also serves on the board of the Latino Equality Alliance (LEA)-advocating for Latino LGBT rights, serves on the board for The Wall Las Memorias Project, Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, Inc., and the CSULA Alumni board. Last year, Mr. Ceja was one of the faces for the “Soy” campaign, a partnership between Univision and the Kaiser Family Foundation aimed at reducing the stigma associated with being HIV positive. Mr. Ceja received a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Public Administration from CSULA.
ALIDA GARCIA is an attorney and currently works for Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa’s Office of Economic & Business Policy, primarily focused in job creation and bringing greater efficiency to our local government. Garcia was the Deputy Director of Latino Vote in California for the Obama campaign, which primarily focused on training Latinos in California and organizing trips for them into the battleground states of Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico. For the last two years Garcia volunteered for Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris as the Co-Chair of Young Professionals for Kamala Harris. She also was field director of the Southern California vote protection efforts overseeing a field program of ten counties.
AMBER MARTINEZ is nonprofit professional working & living in downtown Los Angeles, with family who own small businesses downtown & live in Boyle Heights. Martinez currently works as the National Director of Chapter Development for the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting. She remains active in the community, serving on nonprofit boards and working on various progressive candidates’ campaigns, leading the LA chapters of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and New Leaders Council, developing the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs.
RUBEN MURILLO is a life-long resident of Boyle Heights and has been a long time active member of the Democratic Party. Mr. Murillo has had the pleasure of meeting and working on many local, state, and national candidates and issue campaigns. He studied Biology at USC and has been involved in Healthcare ever since. First as volunteer in various candidate campaigns and more directly as an affiliate leader of the Long Beach Chapter of Health Care for All—California’s only grassroots single payer movement that sponsored 2 Senate Bills (SB810 & SB840). Mr. Murillo’s issues are Health Care, Education, and the Environment.
ROBERT ST.GENIS has a diverse background of business, politics and non-profits. St.Genis has owned 2 different California based businesses over his career. He is a licensed Real Estate Agent and was practicing real estate until 2010. St.Genis successfully completed the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute Campaign and Candidate Training and the City of Los Angeles Ethics Training in 2009. He recently served as Campaign Manager for Mitch Ward for CA Assembly (53rd) and is currently the Development Director for Friends of Project 10—a non-profit fostering future LGBT leaders and their allies. St.Genis has volunteered on committees for United Negro College Fund, Equality California, LA Gay and Lesbian Center, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and many others. He is openly gay, married and HIV positive.
You only can vote if you are a register Democrat and live in the Assembly District
About The Democratic Party:
The Democratic Party and its members are responsible for some of our nation’s most important and impactful legislation: Social Security, Medicare, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Most recently, California Democrats played a leading role in helping President Obama pass the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ending the insurance company practice of denying coverage to children because of pre-existing conditions and lowering the cost of health care for millions of Americans.
Democrats are building a healthier future for our state and improving the quality of life for all Californians. We believe our state must make university and community college affordable for today’s working and middle-class families. We believe in rewarding hard work and expanding opportunities for all Californians in order to create stronger and healthier communities. There are more than 7.5 million registered Democrats in California – 44.49 percent of California voters. For more information visit http://www.cadem.org
Sources: 46th Assembly District & LA County Events Examiner