On Saturday, March 19, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, honored critically acclaimed television series “Empire” at the 2016 HRC Los Angeles Gala Dinner.
Producer Nina Jacobson, whose work includes the blockbuster hit “The Hunger Games” and FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” was honored with the HRC Visibility Award. Jacobson was presented with the award by Ryan Murphy, creator of “Glee” and “American Horror Story”.
Among the attendees were Event Co-chairs Gwen Baba, Chris Boone, and Travis Pham, HRC President Chad Griffin, and Honorees Nina Jacobson and “Empire”. Representing “Empire”: Lee Daniels, Ilene Chaiken, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Yazz Gray, Gabourey Sidibe, Serayah, Kaitlin Doubleday, Estelle, and Ta'Rhonda Jones. Also attending were presenter Ryan Murphy, and additional special guests including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Shoshana Bean, Maria Bello, Cheryl Burke, Jason Collins, Guillermo Diaz, Anthony Hemingway, Kingsley, Justin Mikita, Pauley Perrette, Dana Goldberg, DJ Young 1, Jim Obergefell, Bradley Bredeweg, Betty DeGeneres, Jonathan del Arco, Alec Mapa, Jonathan Slavin, Wrabel, and many more.