Shonda Rhimes, Lena Waithe And Matt Bomer To Be Honored At Human Rights Campaign National Dinner

Shonda Rhimes, Lena Waithe and Matt Bomer will be the honorees at the Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner next month.

The Oct. 14 event, to take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, also will recognize four transgender kids and teenagers, Grayson McFerrin, Libby Gonzales, Hobbes Chukumba, and Daniel Trujillo, who organized Trans Youth Prom.

Rhimes will be honored with the National Equality Award, Waithe with the Visibility Award and Bomer with the Impact Award.

HRC also is launching a new event as part of the weekend, the Equality Convention, which will take place the night before the dinner. The event will feature political and cultural figures as well as volunteers and other movement leaders to talk about LGBTQ+ equality.

Kelley Robinson, president of HRC, said in a statement that the three honorees “are pioneers in their field and deserve to be celebrated for the immeasurable contributions they’ve made to the LGBTQ+ community.”

In June, HRC declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people in the United States, citing the wave of legislation targeting LGBTQ+ rights. More than 525 bills were introduced in 41 states in 2023, according to the group.

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