Greg’s Gallery: Photos from HRC dinner
I’m very tardy is posting my pictures from the Human Rights Campaign gala from last month but better late than never!
Here is a shot I took on the arrivals line of the night’s two rock stars: NAACP Chairman Julian Bond and United States Senator Dianne Feinstein. Bond had the line of the night in his rousing speech: “When someone asks me, “are gay rights civil rights?” my answer is always, “Of course, they are.” Civil rights are positive legal prerogatives: the right to equal treatment before the law. These are the rights shared by everyone. There is no one in the United States who does not, or should not, enjoy or share in enjoying these rights. Gay and lesbian rights are not special rights in any way. It isn’t “special” to be free from discrimination. It is an ordinary, universal entitlement of citizenship.
The best part of these events is seeing your friends and here’s a good one of mine (photo 2): Jim Key, head of communications for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. Jim just back from a trip to Australia.
Two more good friends (photo 3): Ted Johnson, managing editor of Variety, and his husband, Stewart Scott.
( Photo 4) Ted and I with publicist extraodinaire David Beckwith who is involved in HRC leadership and invited us to sit at his table for what was a wonderful night filled with beautifully powerful speeches and the wickedly funny humor of Wanda Sykes.