Hampton Roads Represented at 23rd Annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C.

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Hampton Roads residents attended the HRC's 23rd Annual National Dinner in Washington, DC on September 28. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Reybrouck)

This past weekend, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) held its 23rd annual HRC National Dinner at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Hampton Roads was well-represented at this event as a group joined more than 3,500 guests from around the nation and the world.

New HRC President Alphonso David gave his first remarks since taking the helm of the civil rights organization. mong the attendees at this event was a Giving his first remarks on the HRC National Dinner stage since taking the helm of the organization. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer delivered remarks, actress Dominique Jackson received the HRC National Equality Award and global superstar Ricky Martin received the HRC National Visibility Award.

Singer Ricky Martin received the HRC National Visibility Award and announced that he and his husband are welcoming their fourth child. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Reybrouck)

Additional speakers and special guests included actor Jake Choi, openly bisexual NFL veteran Ryan Russell, actress Ana Ortiz, disco legend Thelma Houston, singer/songwriter Alice Smith, actor Dyllón Burnside, the 22nd U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, Tony award-winning music collaborator Jason Michael Webb, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., Heritage Signature Chorale, comedian Dana Goldberg, DJ Nhandi and others.

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