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Adam Lambert, Facebook to be honored at Los Angeles Equality Awards

LOS ANGELES -- Equality California will honor singer and songwriter Adam Lambert, a San Diego native, and Facebook at this year’s annual Los Angeles Equality Awards.

Presented by AT&T, the awards will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

“We’re thrilled to honor Adam Lambert and Facebook whose work has been a catalyst for social change and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality,” said Roland Palencia, Equality California's new executive director. “Their courage and leadership in entertainment and social media have helped Californians become more supportive of LGBT rights.”

Lambert gained international fame as the runner-up on "American Idol" in 2009. Since launching his solo career as a singer and songwriter, he has been an outspoken and fearless role model for LGBT youth nationwide.

Lambert also participated in the “It Gets Better” campaign with the hope of helping LGBT youth overcome bullying. His new song “Aftermath” will benefit the Trevor Project, a national suicide-prevention hotline for LGBT youth.

“I am so honored to be invited to and recognized by the Equality California event,” Lambert said. “It’s a pivotal time in the progress of equal rights and I'm very grateful to be the subject of such broad visibility. I strive to lead by example by making no apologies for or withholding my identity as a proud and comfortable gay man. I strongly believe that ALL people have a fundamental right to love who they want to love and if they so choose, have their union recognized by the laws of this country regardless of sex, age, race or religious affiliation. I am hopeful that we are getting closer everyday to this idea of Equality.”

In an effort to prevent anti-LGBT cyberbullying, Facebook has developed the “Network of Support,” a coalition of non-profit organizations serving the diverse LGBT community. Facebook has also adopted policies to create a more welcoming experience for LGBT people on the social networking site, including adding a feature that allows LGBT people to select “married,” “civil union” or “domestic partnership” for their relationship status.

"We're honored to receive the Equality Advocate Award from Equality California, an organization that works tirelessly to advance the rights of LGBT Californians,” said Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer for Facebook. “Giving people the opportunity to genuinely and authentically convey their relationships is part of achieving equality — and we were pleased to launch 'civil union' and 'domestic partnership' as relationship status options on Facebook this year. Providing this highly requested feature is part of our broader mission to promote an environment where everyone on Facebook can connect and share."

The evening’s celebration will include a silent auction reception sponsored by State Farm Insurance, a gourmet three-course meal, and a complementary open bar and after party sponsored by Blue Angel Vodka. For tickets, please contact Traci Hoffberg at (310) 491-1401 or tracih@blueroomevents.com.

The Los Angeles Equality Awards is presented by AT&T and statewide sponsors including Bank of America, Blue Angel Vodka, Sweet, State Farm Insurance; local presenting sponsor Southern California Edison; and titanium sponsors AIDS Healthcare Foundation and GreenbergTraurig.

About Equality California

Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewideLGBT rights advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for LGBT individuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the nation. Equality California has passed more than 70 pieces of legislation and continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment.