2016 HRC Gala: Stronger Together

We recently attended the Human Rights Campaign Gala in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria on February 6th, 2016 for the second year in a row from Bullies Keep Out. The Human Rights Campaign is just one of the many other organizations I am a huge supporter of. Within my own campaign/movement, I advocate for many causes not limited to just bullying and hate, which consist of LGBT, equality, suicide awareness, domestic violence, addiction, mental health bullying, and so on. It was an honor and important for us to attend being that we are so fond of the HRC and what they do on a daily basis.

Mark, BKO guest writer, LGBT consultant, and social media and events assistant, and I were floored by the event once again. We not only had an incredible time, but the night was filled with such passion for equality. Though the night was also filled with celebrities, fun, and laughs, it was also filled with tears of joy and beautiful speeches throughout the night. President of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin, was truly an inspiration to listen to along with other speakers and VIP honorees. Governor Andrew Cuomo makes waves in such a way that he made me proud to be a New Yorker.

Breaking news came about just as the HRC was set to honor Governor Andrew Cuomo with the National Equality Award that night for his incredible leadership and advancement for LGBT equality in New York. Under his leaderships, it was announced that he would be putting an end to conversion therapy for patients under the age of 18. This is a very dangerous form of “so-called” therapy that claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Other honorees included names that need no introduction such as, Sigourney Weaver and Bill T. Jones. Featured was the wonderful David Hyde Pierce, Dana Goldberg, and Jess Glynne.

Speaking of Comedian Dana Goldberg, she was a delight as usual. It was pleasure to be in the same room as all of these amazing people who support such a worthy cause, and helped raise thousands. We are only providing you with a small glimpse into the night of creating change and continued fight for equality. It is difficult to put into words if you were not in attendance. Hard to do it proper justice.

Towards the end of the evening we all had the pleasure of listening to the angelic voice of Jess Glynne, which just wrapped up the night beautifully.

We had a lovely time, and by the end of the night were that much more motivated to continue working together for LGBT rights. The event was done beautifully and everyone there shined in excitement on what we have accomplished thus far, but also a reminder that there is still a great amount of work to be done in the fight for equality. That being sad, all that has already been accomplished by the HRC and others is something that can’t be described in a short article.

It was not only a night to remember, but a night to embrace and be grateful for whether you are a supporter or a member of the LGBT community.

I urge you to all support and donate what you can to the Human Rights Campaign. They are America’s largest civil rights organization geared towards achieving LGBT equality. They aim to gain acceptance for LGBT individuals and share the same rights that we all enjoy no matter what our orientation at home, in the workplace, and all communities.

We must continue to stand up and speak out on behalf of each other. So many have fought for freedom and rights over the years, and we must not only remember that, but in return not give up on those around us that need that extra support.

We must continue to give back in any way we possibly can and put forth that effort to make it happen. On a final note, Mark and I are also proud members of the HRC, and hope to do continued work with them in the near future.

Take a look at the star studded gallery night below:

Written by Bullies Keep Out Dana Jacoviello

 

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