SAN FRANCISCO, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Human Rights
Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil
rights organization, today announced that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa will deliver the keynote political address at the
organization's gala dinner on Saturday, July 26th.
Villaraigosa is a staunch advocate of GLBT equality who publicly
supported the legalization of marriages for gay and lesbian couples in
California and who last month issued an executive directive barring
employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
"I am thrilled and honored that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join us
for our annual gala dinner in San Francisco, particularly during this
historic fight to preserve marriage equality in California," said HRC
President Joe Solmonese. "Mayor Villaraigosa has consistently shown that he
understands, as we do, that GLBT rights are civil rights and human rights.
We are grateful to have him as an ally as HRC continues its efforts to
ensure that gay and lesbian couples are treated equally under California
When ordering tickets, all dinner guests will be given the option to
designate up to 100 percent of the fee to the HRC California Marriage PAC.
The PAC was established to fight against the anti-marriage ballot
initiative. Proceeds from the dinner are part of the recent $500,000 pledge
by HRC. In the past year, HRC also provided six full-time staff members and
$100,000 to Equality for All, a large and diverse coalition of civil
rights, faith, choice, labor and communities of color organizations working
to stop and defeat any ballot measure that would deny gay and lesbian
couples the right to marry in California.
The theme of this year's dinner is "Race for Equality," and it will be
held at the Westin St. Francis Hotel on Saturday, July 26th. To purchase
tickets to the San Francisco Dinner, please visit
http://sfbayarea.hrc.org/dinner or call Box Office Tickets at: 800-494-TIXS
(8497). To donate to the HRC California Marriage PAC, visit
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights
organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end
discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves
fundamental fairness and equality for all.
SOURCE Human Rights Campaign