The Austin chapter of the Human Rights Campaign will host its annual gala this Saturday with over a thousand attendees gathering at the JW Marriott to celebrate the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights group. The theme of this year’s event is ‘VISIBLE’ with the gala serving as a call-to-action for pro-LGBTQ legislation. The money raised at this year’s event will support HRC’s legislative work in Texas.
This year’s featured speaker is new HRC president Alphonso David. Also on the dinner program: candidate for Texas’ 21st congressional district Wendy Davis and 23rd congressional district candidate Gina Ortiz Jones. A few of the elected officials scheduled to be in attendance include: Lloyd Doggett (US TX-35), Mayor Steve Adler, Julie Kocurek (390th District Judge), and John Bucy (TX House District 136).
Liv Hewson, star of BOMBSHELL and Netflix’s LET IT SNOW will receive an HRC Visibility Award. Transgender Education Network of Texas board chair Rocky Lane will be presented the HRC Rising Star Award. Dr. Cynthia Brinson, Medical Director of Central Texas Clinical Research, LLC (Texas Health Action, Kind Clinic) will be presented the Bettie Naylor Visibility Award.
This year’s event will feature a cocktail reception, extensive silent auction and and elegant dinner. Live entertainment will be provided by Grammy award winning singer, Mela Sarajane Dailey and acclaimed songster Kenny Williams.
The Austin Gala dinner will be on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the JW Marriott from 6-11 PM. Tickets for Federal Club members are $150 for dinner or $250 for dinner and a drinks wristband. General tickets are $300 for dinner or $400 for dinner and a drinks wristband. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.boxofficetickets.com/go/event?id=337933.