Billy Porter to Perform from KINKY BOOTS at Human Rights Campaign Gala, 2/2
The Human Rights Campaign - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization - will host its annual Greater New York Gala dinner on February 2, 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria. This year's event comes on the heels of historic electoral wins for marriage equality across the country.
The evening will feature a performance by Billy Porter, star of this spring's highly anticipated new musical Kinky Boots. With a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper, and direction and choreography by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots proves that sometimes the best way to fit in, is to stand out.
This year's featured speaker will be Newark, NJ Mayor Cory A. Booker. Mayor Booker is a champion of LGBT equality and a rising star in the Democratic Party. Booker publicly supports marriage equality and appeared in HRC's Americans for Marriage Equality video campaign. Booker is a long-time friend and supporter of the Human Rights Campaign. He gave a passionate speech to a crowd of over 3,000 at the HRC 2012 National Dinner in Washington, DC.
Whoopi Goldberg will receive the 2013 HRC Ally for Equality Award. "We are proud to honor Whoopi Goldberg with the Ally for Equality Award for her commitment to the LGBT community through her public support of marriage equality, including taking part in our successful
New Yorkers for Marriage Equality video campaign in 2011," said HRC President Chad Griffin.
"Whoopi is always willing to stand up for our community and is a longtime friend of HRC."