5:00 pm VIP Reception
6:00 pm General Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 pm Dinner Program
10:00 pm After Party w/ DJ FahrenHITE
The gala is a black tie optional dinner. Anything from suits and ties to tuxes and cocktail dresses to ballgowns are appropriate. Come show off your style and have some fun!
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
The Purpose of the Dinner
The Human Rights Campaign cannot operate without funds, and here in Chicago, we throw a very important fundraiser for the cause of equality. The Chicago HRC Gala is an annual event that consists of a large silent auction auction, followed by a black tie dinner to celebrate the steps we have made and to look towards a more just future. Just last year alone, we were able to raise over $75,000 for the cause through silent auction sales, corporate sponsorships, and over 500 dinner participants.
This year, the dinner is November 6th at the Fairmont Chicago in Downtown Chicago.
When it comes to LGBT issues, far too many in Congress have given excuses for why LGBT equality is on the back burner. It's too soon. Be patient. Some people aren't ready for change.
Well, enough is enough. Our families need protection. Our jobs are in jeopardy simply because of who we are. Our military service members are still being discharged. Even under this Congress and this President.
Frankly, we're tired of the promises.
- Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which denies legally married lesbian and gay couples more than 1,000 federal protections.
- Outlaw workplace discrimination by passing an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
- Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to protect our national security.
- End the painful separation of families by recognizing permanent same-sex couples under immigration laws.
- Provide health benefits equally to millions of federal employees, including same-sex domestic partners.
Allyson Robinson joined the Human Rights Campaign as Associate Director of Diversity in 2008 to lead the organization and its volunteer base in promoting awareness of transgender issues and to ensure that all program areas demonstrate measurable commitment to transgender equality and inclusion.
A native of Scranton, Pa., Robinson is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she majored in engineering physics. After an internship at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she was commissioned as an officer in the Army and served with PATRIOT missile units in the United States, Germany and Saudi Arabia. She also worked for NATO as an air defense evaluator and advised the Royal Saudi Air Force on missile defense tactics, techniques and procedures.
Robinson resigned her commission in 1999 to pursue a calling to Christian ministry. After her ordination, she served as pastor-teacher to churches in the Portuguese Azores and in central Texas. Her ministry work focused on raising awareness of systemic poverty and the intersecting systems of oppression that create and sustain it, while working to organize responses to poverty at the local, regional, national and international levels. She earned a master of divinity degree in theology, with a capstone emphasis in social justice, from Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2007.
Robinson lives with her wife and their four children in Gaithersburg, Md.
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