I have to start by saying that it was an honor to attend an event like this at this point in my life. The Justice for All: Equality Illinois 2012 Gala was an evening of libations, donations, and motivation for the LGBT and allied communities. Bringing out the most influence social and political figures in Chicago and from around the country to raise awareness and share in support of the most pertinent LBGT issues today. Some notable attendees included President Obama's senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Senate President John Cullerton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and well of course, myself.