Family Equality Council’s premier West Coast event honors notables in the worlds of arts, entertainment, politics, and the LGBT movement for their efforts to advance equality for all families.
Modern Family & Glee both premiered in the same year, and both have helped to advance the national conversation around LGBTQ people and families. These two hit shows brought complex, sympathetic, and realistic LGBTQ characters into living rooms across the nation. Their stories celebrate LGBTQ individuals and families. The positive exposure these series have brought to LGBTQ parents and their children (three million and six million of each nationwide, respectively) has been and continues to be a vital part of the movement to spread marriage and family equality.
Honey Maid has been committed to celebrating families for nearly 90 years, and secured headlines in 2014 with the brand’s “This Is Wholesome” cross-platform campaign. Celebrating the diversity in America today, the TV advertisement features a variety of real families enjoying Honey Maid products—among them was a same-sex couple with their children. While Honey Maid saw an overwhelming positive response to the “This is Wholesome” campaign, there was negative sentiment that the brand simply could not ignore. After keeping a close eye on the pulse of the social conversations taking place, Honey Maid released a public response with its “Love” video. In just 24 hours, the video that turned the negative comments into something positive – a paper installation forming the word ‘Love’ – hit one million views.
Annise Parker became the first LGBTQ mayor of Houston, with Houston the most populous city in the US to elect an LGBTQ mayor. Last year, Mayor Parker married her partner of more than 20 years. They have raised three children together. Through her career starting as a community activist, Mayor Parker has embodied our values and has been a powerful voice in her community and now on the national stage. She and her family have continued to work toward a world where all families are respected, celebrated, and loved. Most recently, Mayor Parker was named the top mayor in the U.S. by the City Mayors Foundation. The international think tank, dedicated to urban affairs, recently released issued their bi-annual list of top mayors around the globe in early February. Parker came in seventh, and was the only mayor from the United States to make the prestigious list.
WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Media Check-in: 6:00 PM
Cocktail Reception and Red Carpet Arrivals: 7:00 PM
Dinner and Awards Show: 8:00 PM
WHERE: Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA
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