Sunday, October 08, 2006

HRC National Dinner a spectacular event

The Human Rights Campaign held its National Dinner at the Washington Convention Center Oct 7, 2006. It was a set up as an extremely wide screen stage, with a projection of blue clouds in the background.

There was a musical performance by Jacob and Joshua, who form a team called Nemesis Rising. It's clear that to be a professional singer you have to have the physical fitness of a professional athlete.

There was a discussion of the bill to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" by Reichen Lehmkuhl, author of "Here's What We'll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out and the U.S. Air Force." Amazon link is here.
He received a National Visibility Award, as did form 'Nsync member Lance Bass, who also spoke.

There were two short films. One was
Frank Kameny, which gave a brief biography, much of it in black and white. Dr. Kameny was fired from the government map service in 1957 from a civilian job as an astronomer. He was actually confronted by agents and asked if he was a homosexual.

The other was
Champions of Change: Billie Jean King, which was a biography of tennis player Billie Jean Moffitt King, who is famous for establish women's sports and for defeating a man, Bobby Riggs, in 1973. For years she was hindered from speaking publicly about women's and lesbian issues. She also received a National Visibility Award.

Joe Solomonese was master of ceremonies. Mike Berman, from the Duberstein Group, also spoke. The Campaign raised several hundred thousand dollars, which will be matched, from the floor.

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