Shonda Rhimes, Lena Waithe, and Matt Bomer will be honored at the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) National Dinner next month. The event, which will take place on October 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, will also recognize four transgender kids and teenagers who organized Trans Youth Prom.
Rhimes will receive the National Equality Award, Waithe will receive the Visibility Award, and Bomer will receive the Impact Award. The HRC is also launching a new event, the Equality Convention, which will occur the night before the dinner. This event will bring together political and cultural figures, volunteers, and LGBTQ+ movement leaders to discuss LGBTQ+ equality.
Kelley Robinson, president of HRC, stated that the three honorees "are pioneers in their field and deserve to be celebrated for the immeasurable contributions they've made to the LGBTQ+ community." HRC recently declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people in the United States due to the wave of legislation targeting their rights. According to HRC, more than 525 bills were introduced in 41 states in 2023 with this purpose.