WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group, announced today that Rebecca Romijn and Michael Urie of ABC's popular "Ugly Betty" will represent the show as it receives the National Arts and Culture Equality Award at the organization's Eleventh Annual National Dinner in Washington, D.C. on October 6. Romijn plays a transgender character on the show, and Urie's character is gay.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will receive the National Equality Award and will also be delivering the dinner's keynote address. Actor Matthew
Broderick will be presented with the Ally for Equality Award, and athlete Sheryl Swoopes will receive the National Visibility Award. Bravo's Tim Gunn will also appear.
"We are very excited to recognize one of television's most diverse and gay-friendly programs," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "'Ugly Betty' brings a loving portrayal of GLBT people into American homes, raising visibility and encouraging tolerance. All of our honorees help to lead our country toward the realization of equality for all Americans."
The National Dinner will be held in the Grand Ballroom of Washington's Convention Center. More than 3,000 are expected to attend the event, which will be chaired by Sarah Booth and Ted Toon. Jackson Palmer will serve as vice-chair. Along with Speaker Pelosi's address, the dinner will also feature a silent auction and entertainment.
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