Speakers for the event included HRC President Chad Griffin and “Glee” actor Jonathan Groff, who introduced co-star Matthew Morrison, recipient of this year’s Ally for Equality Award.
“Let me just start by promising to you, from this day forward I will do everything in my power to live up to this award,” Morrison told the sellout crowd.
“In my life and in my work, it is almost impossible for me to understand why all Americans are not allies for equality. Don’t tell me there’s an award somewhere for ‘allies for unfairness’ or ‘champions of bigotry,” Morrison continued.
Joining Hearts received the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award and the Leon Allen & Winston Johnson Community Service Award went to Michael Shutt, director of Emory University’s Office of LGBT Life.
Niki Harris, background singer and dancer for Madonna, closed out the dinner.