The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, honored Golden Globe winner Shonda Rhimes with the “Ally for Equality Award”, and Michael Lombardo, HBO’s President of Programming, with the HRC “Visibility Award”, at the 2015 HRC Los Angeles Gala Dinner, held this past Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the JW Marriott LA Live. The evening also included a performance by platinum selling global megaster Mariah Carey.
Shonda Rhimes is the biggest name in television today. A Golden Globe award winner, she was named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. With everything she touches turning to gold, Rhimes is the creative force behind hugely successful shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder. HRC was proud to recognize Shonda Rhimes as this year’s recipient of the “Ally for Equality Award” for her incredible contributions to our movement.
As President of Programming at Home Box Office, Michael Lombardo oversees all of HBO’s and Cinemax’s original programming, including such critically acclaimed series as Game of Thrones,True Blood, Veep, The Newsroom, Girls, Boardwalk Empire, and original films like The Case Against 8 and The Normal Heart. Michael has been a longtime advocate for the LGBT community, and his personal and professional contributions have been felt across the country. He has helped bring the issues surrounding LGBT equality into homes across America, and HRC was proud to recognize him with this year’s HRC “Visibility Award.”
Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she has also won 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 31 Billboard Music Awards.
Presenters included Lena Dunham, who presented to Michael Lombardo, and Guillermo Diaz, who presented to Shonda Rhimes. U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) was the featured speaker of the evening. Other guests in attendance to honor Rimes and Lombardo included Matt Bomer, Lance Bass, Cheyenne Jackson, Maria Bello, Wentworth Miller, Sara Ramirez, Jonathan Del Arco, Ross Matthews, Dan Bucatinsky, Katia Winter, George Takei, Dania Ramirez, Adina Porter, Frank Valentini, Michelle Stafford, Roger Howarth, Ryan Carnes, and Cameron Silver, among others.
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