A guiding light and a boost of encouragement
By Valerie Milano
Charlize 2012 HRC LA Gala
Hollywood, CA (Hollywood Today
) 3/20/2013 – “She has to hide her identity, who she is, how she was born, to the closest people in her life.” Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, speaking on the realities of living in the LGBT community.
This Tuesday, Human Rights Campaign President, Chad Griffin, held a national conference call to discuss the work being done alongside upcoming U.S Supreme Court hearings to challenge the
controversial state constitutional amendment, Proposition 8. The call was organized to coincide not only with scheduled court rulings, but also the HRC Gala Dinner this Saturday, March 23rd
; which is an annual benefit to recognize HRC’s efforts to end unjust laws and treatment based on sexual orientation. Hosted by the Ritz Carlton/JW Marriot at LA LIVE, The gala will be attended by HRC members, supporters and very special guests, including Rob Reiner (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Kerry Washington (Django Unchained) and Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars), to name a few.
Officially passed in the November 2008 state elections, Proposition 8, less affectionately known as “Prop 8” states that, “only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Since that time, LGBT and human rights organizations around the country have staged protests and demonstrations in an effort to overturn the discriminatory law, and HRC has been at the forefront of battle. With over one million supporters worldwide, including many prominent figures and celebrities, HRC is positioned to take on the heavy hitters of right wing politics and law making with a fighting chance.
Currently, statistics show that more than half of Americans agree with same-sex marriage. While one could argue that another half of our nation is in complete disagreement, this number could be viewed as a direct reflection of the shifts in our social paradigm that have been taking place over the last several decades. Though homosexuality and all of its iterations are still very much taboo, the veil is being lifted, and it is not the alternative lifestyle, but rather those who oppose it with violence and hatred, who are now coming under public scrutiny. Somehow, someway, we are beginning to understand, accept and live together the way we should, in love, peace and harmony. However, with anything new, the period development can be painful and ongoing. Until then, we can be certain that the Human Rights Campaign will be there as guiding light and a boost of encouragement to continue our growth. “It’s hard work whether we’re here, in Washington, or the states in between, but it’s important work” says Chad Griffin.