×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Katy Perry, America Ferrera Advocate for LGBTQ Rights, Media Representation at HRC Los Angeles Dinner

The Human Rights Campaign’s Los Angeles Dinner in downtown Los Angeles’ JW Marriott Hotel was filled with hoots and hollers from the ballroom full of those who identify as LGBTQ and allies. The civil rights org also hosted its fair share of politicians Saturday evening at the benefit, which had U.S. senator Tim Kaine, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, and former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (who recently made his bid for 2018 California Governor) take the stage at the ceremony, which honored Katy Perry and America Ferrera.

“Everywhere we went, we saw the HRC standing up for equality,” Kaine said of his travels on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton. He continued, “This chapter [that the country is in] will have a good end because of people like you.”

But the politics didn’t stop there. HRC president Chad Griffin spoke of one of the org’s top priorities in the election seasons to come: to take out any remaining anti-LGBT politicians.

“If you come for us, we will come for you on election day,” Griffin promised, citing former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory who lost his re-election after the state passed its bathroom bill that banned those in the transgender community from using bathrooms of their gender preference.

The show, however, was stolen by comedienne and auctioneer Dana Goldberg, who performed line after line of gut-busting jabs directed at the current president — who issued his own rollback on the rights of trans college students to use their preferred restrooms.

“Trump is always talking about ‘the gays love me.’ If the gays loved you, your hair and makeup wouldn’t look like s—,” she cracked.

Goldberg’s instant likability was later shown when she was able to push the original $15,000 goal of donations to the org’s Super PAC to more than $100,000 in the matter of minutes.

Lena Dunham was also in attendance to present the ally for equality award to her friend, Ferrera. The “Superstore” star went on to personally thank NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt — who looked on from Table 9 — and the network for green-lighting the comedy that showcases multiculturalism with its diverse talent and characters.

“I didn’t grow up seeing a lot of examples of short, brown, chubby, poor daughters of immigrant parents grow up to be successful actresses and loud activists,” she recalled. “I had to use my imagination.”

Perry, who took the national equality award, also expressed what a privilege it is to use her platform to promote inclusion and acceptance.

“I sing my truths,” said the “I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It” singer. Upon mention of her 2008 breakout hit, she noted, “Truth be told, I did more than that.”

After detailing how her religious upbringing shamed those in the LGBTQ community, Perry ended her speech stating, “These days, I get an incomparable high from knowing myself and I think a lot of that’s the magic that’s rubbed on me from all of you.”

More Scene

  • Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow'Hillary and Clinton'

    Why John Lithgow Worried About Starring in Broadway's 'Hillary and Clinton'

    When Lucas Hnath first conceived of “Hillary and Clinton” in 2008, he was writing for and about a very different America. Now, a total reimagining of the show has made its way to Broadway with Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in the titular roles. At the opening on Thursday night, the cast and creatives talked [...]

  • Patrick Page, Amber Grey, Eva Noblezada,

    'Hadestown' Took 12 Years to Get to Broadway, but It's More Relevant Than Ever

    When “Hadestown” was first staged as a tiny, DIY theater project in Vermont, those involved could never have predicted that it was the start of a 12-year journey to Broadway — or how painfully relevant it would be when it arrived. At Wednesday night’s opening at the Walter Kerr Theatre, the cast and creatives discussed [...]

  • Mick Jagger

    Mick Jagger Makes First Post-Surgery Appearance at Rolling Stones Ballet Premiere

    Rock legend Mick Jagger made his first public appearance post-heart surgery on Thursday night to catch a glimpse of the world premiere of the Rolling Stones ballet “Porte Rouge.” “I hope you are going to enjoy this wonderful new ballet, and, of course, the music,” the frontman declared in a pre-recorded message to the audience [...]

  • Adam Driver appears at the curtain

    Adam Driver on Starring in 'Burn This' for a Second Time

    The Hudson Theatre’s new production of “Burn This” marks its first Broadway revival since it premiered on the Great White Way in 1987, but Adam Driver is no stranger to the work. He starred as Pale in a Juilliard production of the Lanford Wilson drama when he was still a student — and only now, [...]

  • PMC Event Rome

    Film, Fashion, Formula E Mix at Rome E-Prix Bash

    Film, fashion and Formula E auto-racing fused during a dinner and celebration of the Rome E-Prix on Thursday at the Palazzo Dama by the Piazza del Popolo in the heart of the Eternal City.  Guests mingled and sipped cocktails as hors d’oeuvres were passed around in a former home of the Italian nobility with conversation [...]

  • Katy Perry, Diane von Furstenberg, Arianna

    Katy Perry and Anita Hill Honored at the DVF Awards

    Katy Perry was among the honorees at the 10th Annual DVF Awards on Thursday night. The singer was recognized for her advocacy work with both UNICEF and the LGBTQ community. “Music has opened the doors for so many opportunities for me,” she said while accepting the inspiration award. “The ability to meet people and champion [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content