Press Room

September 26, 2004


HRC to Celebrate Eighth Annual National Dinner

'We're honored to be joined by thousands of supporters and national leaders to celebrate our fight for equality,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign will celebrate its Eighth Annual National Dinner Oct. 8, 2004, at the Washington Convention Center. Last week, HRC sold out its 3,000 tickets to the event, which features Jessica Lange, Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell, Bishop Gene Robinson, D.C. Councilmember David Catania, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Max Mutchnick, creator and executive producer of "Will & Grace," among others.

"We're honored to be joined by thousands of supporters and national leaders to celebrate our fight for equality," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "Our awardees have educated on important issues - from adoption by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender families to transgender coming out issues to the religious commitment of GLBT people - and we're so privileged to be honoring them."

Two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange, who recently starred in the film Normal as the understanding wife whose spouse is coming out as transgender, and Bishop Gene Robinson, who recently became the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, will both receive National Equality Awards. Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell will be receiving the National Family Civil Rights Award for their tireless advocacy on behalf of children. Washington, D.C., Councilmember David Catania, a Republican, will receive the National Capital Area Leadership Award for his bold criticism of President Bush's support of a discriminatory amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Also scheduled to grace the stage are: the Rev. Al Sharpton, a strong advocate for GLBT equality Max Mutchnick, who will present Bishop Robinson with his award and Donna Rose, a transgender author and advocate who will present Jessica Lange her award as well as HRC Dinner Co-Chairs Valerie Ploumpis and Gregory Thomas and Mary Snider, a member of HRC's Board of Directors.
The dinner program starts at 7:30 p.m., with a silent auction and reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are sold out. If press representatives are interested in covering the event, please e-mail

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.