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[Photos] Atlanta HRC Gala Dinner draws hundreds to fund national fight

Matthew Morrison at HRC Dinner

The Human Rights Campaign hosted its annual Atlanta dinner on Saturday, May 4, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel to raise funds for the country's largest national LGBT advocacy organization.

The dinner began with a performance from Serenbe Playhouse’s production of “Hair.”

Recent victories, including the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” and state victories across the country, made the annual dinner more of a celebration than in previous years.

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Annual Atlanta HRC Dinner raises funds for national fight

Atlanta HRC Dinner

At a recent reception at the upscale STK restaurant and bar in Midtown, dozens of Human Rights Campaign members gathered to network, socialize and bid on some silent auction items while they sipped cocktails.

The members and supporters were just weeks away from the annual Atlanta Gala Dinner, set for May 4 at the Hyatt Regency, and several members excitedly received their nametags noting they are officially members of the dinner committee.

About an hour into the party, dinner co-chairs Andrew Land and Kaitlin Porter stood atop a counter and toasted everyone for coming out. Porter announced the dinner is almost sold out so people need to buy their tickets now.

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HRC to honor ‘Glee’ star at upcoming Atlanta gala

The Human Rights Campaign will honor TV and Broadway actor Matthew Morrison at the upcoming Atlanta HRC Gala Dinner, set for May 4 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Morrison, a seasoned Broadway performer as well as a talented musician, is best known for his recurring role as Will Schuester on Fox's hot show “Glee.” He will receive HRC’s Ally for Equality Award.

“We recognize Matthew Morrison, a star in music, theatre, and television, for his public commitment to LGBT equality, and in particular to LGBT young people,” HRC President Chad Griffin said today via a prepared statement. “We are proud to honor him with the Ally for Equality Award and thank him for standing up for LGBT people everywhere.”

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GLAAD plans second Atlanta Gala to honor community leaders

Fran Drescher

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation will host its second annual gala Oct. 6 to recognize local LGBT leaders who’ve done work to advance social change.

Some 28 honorees, including GA Voice Editor Laura Douglas-Brown, will receive awards.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by GLAAD and this award is shared with all of the staff who work so hard on GA Voice every day,” Douglas-Brown says.

Other honorees include Q100 morning DJ Bert Weiss, actress Fran Drescher, local fundraising drag troupe Armorettes and nightlife stalwart Blake’s on the Park (see sidebar for full list of honorees).