LOS ANGELES -- Two-time Emmy Award winner Kathy Griffin, Grammy-nominated recording artist Sam Sparro and "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert will be among the guests attending the Equality California event on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Griffin will present the Equality Advocate Award to Facebook for its work in changing the landscape of social media online, including its standout work with LGBT youth.
Sparro will present the Equality Idol Award to singer and songwriter Lambert for being an exemplary role model for the LGBT community.
“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.”
Also receiving an award is New York Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell (brother of Rosie O’Donnell), who has been instrumental in securing marriage equality in New York this year.
“I am sincerely honored to receive the Equality Leadership Award from Equality California and I thank this vital group for their continued leadership in the fight for equality,” O'Donnell said. “I’m very proud to have been the prime sponsor of the Marriage Equality Act in New York, but I know the fight for equality is not limited to New York or a handful of individual states. Rather, LGBT citizens across our entire country face legalized discrimination daily. Together, we can, and are, making immense strides toward ending this injustice.”
Guests will also celebrate the passage of two pieces of landmark legislation sponsored by Equality California in 2011.
The Fair Education Act, the first of its kind in the United States, will make sure the history and contributions of LGBT people to California, and our nation, will no longer be censored or ignored in social studies classes.
Also, the Protection of Parent-Child Relationships Act makes sure children raised by LGBT parents will not be separated from their families by a biological parent who has no relationship with the child.
The Los Angeles Equality Awards are presented by AT&T and supported by 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.
For tickets, please contact Traci Hoffberg at (310) 491-1401 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $350.