Matthew Morrison; Ally For EqualityPost submitted by Paul Guequierre, HRC Deputy Communications Director

HRC will host its annual Atlanta Gala dinner on May 4, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. This year’s event comes at a pivotal moment in the LGBT civil rights movement as we await historic decisions on marriage equality by the Supreme Court.

This year HRC will honor Matthew Morrison with its Ally for Equality Award for his outspoken support of equality for the LGBT community. Each week millions of Americans, including LGBT young people, tune in to see Morrison on the Fox hit series, Glee.  Morrison, who is also a star of stage and the recording industry, has used his platform to publicly support LGBT equality.  He played Prop. 8 plaintiff Paul Katami in the west coast premiere of Dustin Lance Black's play, 8, in 2012.  The Ally for Equality Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who dedicate time, energy, spirit and whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBT people. This award is given to allies outside the LGBT community who stand up on behalf of equality for all Americans.

Morrison, an Emmy-, Tony-, and Golden Globe-nominated star, who made his debut on Broadway in “Footloose,” followed by “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Hairspray,” and “The Light In The Piazza,” is set to release a new studio album, Where It All Began, on June 4, 2013. The album is a collection of classic standards, many of which were first made famous in Broadway musicals.  Morrison released his first album in 2011, a pop collection of mainly originals featuring such guests as Elton John, Sting and Gwyneth Paltrow.

“We recognize Matthew Morrison, a star in music, theatre, and television, for his public commitment to LGBT equality, and in particular to LGBT young people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.  “We are proud to honor him with the Ally for Equality Award and thank him for standing up for LGBT people everywhere.”

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