HRC Announces U.S. Senator Cory Booker Will Speak at the 2019 HRC Los Angeles Dinner

by Stephen Peters

Christina Aguilera and Yeardley Smith will be honored during an evening featuring performances by artists Betty Who and Shea Diamond and comedian Dana Goldberg

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization — announced that U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), one of the many pro-equality champions running for the White House in 2020, will speak at the 2019 HRC Los Angeles Dinner next Saturday, March 30, 2019. As previously announced, six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera with be honored with the HRC Ally for Equality Award at the event, and Emmy Award-winning actor, producer and LGBTQ advocate Yeardley Smith will be honored with the HRC National Leadership Award. Celebrated artists Betty Who and Shea Diamond will both perform, as well as comedian Dana Goldberg.

“Senator Cory Booker is a long-time friend and champion of our community whose leadership on LGBTQ rights and commitment to social justice has helped advance equality in New Jersey and across America,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “As a lead co-sponsor of the Equality Act, which will extend crucial non-discrimination protections to millions of LGBTQ people across the country, Senator Booker has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to our community and we are honored to welcome him to one of our most crucial events of the year.”

Senator Booker is a champion of LGBTQ equality who has consistently earned a perfect 100 percent on the HRC Congressional Scorecard throughout his time in the Senate. A long-time friend and supporter of HRC, he gave a passionate speech to a crowd of over 3,000 at the 2012 HRC National Dinner in Washington, DC, and spoke at the HRC Greater NY Gala in 2013 and 2015. He is an outspoken advocate of the Equality Act — critically important, bipartisan legislation that would finally provide clear protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people from coast to coast. Sen. Booker joined with other pro-equality lawmakers this month to reintroduce the Equality Act in Congress. The measure has unprecedented support from nearly 70 percent of Americans, more than 280 members of Congress, 170 major businesses and 300 statewide and national organizations.

Set to take place at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, the 2019 HRC Los Angeles Dinner brings together more than 1,000 of HRC’s most active members and supporters in the greater Los Angeles area to raise crucial funds in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Additional special guests at the event will include comedian Dana Goldberg, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Paris Barclay, Alexandra Billings, Kimora Blac, Raymond Braun, Betty DeGeneres, Guillermo Diaz, Nyle DiMarco, Fortune Feimster, Sam Greisman, Marcia Gay Harden, Alex Landi, Ira Madison, Ross Mathews, Adam Rippon, Aisha Tyler, Lachlan Watson, Blossom Brown, Alex Landi, and many more. Tickets and further information are available at

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


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