The Next Family attended the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Gala dinner on March 22, 2014. Several of the usual suspects attended and it’s always nice to see celebrities supporting such an important event but it was Vice President Joe Biden who silenced the room with his passion for the LGBT community “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The Vice President noted that times have changed, calling attention to his granddaughter.
“Our granddaughter has come along with us and the reason she’s with us is that I want her to understand, which she is only now beginning to understand, that what she thinks and all her generation thinks is starting to be thought by older folks, too,” Biden said.
Speaking to the years of relentless effort on the part of gay Americans, the vice president added: “It’s been a long struggle and recently there’s been some real progress, but there’s so much left to do. All of you spoke out and stepped up and came forward, you came out and you marched, you demanded to be recognized, demanded your constitutional rights, demanded a basic American dream. You demanded respect. And because of what all of you have done, my granddaughter is going to grow up in a better country, a more just country, and a more fair country.”
I have been attending this event for five years and there has not yet been a night like this one. It is an exciting time to celebrate all that has been achieved and a momentous time to push forward and create history with all of the work ahead.
A spectacular night with Chad Griffin, HRC President, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, Bob Harper, The Biggest Loser. The Visibility Award went to Paris Barclay, President of the Director’s Guild.
Vice President Joe Biden concluded with these powerful words.
“And as long as I have a breath in me, I will not be satisfied ‘till everyone in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community is afforded the dignity, the freedom and the equality that my father spoke so clearly of.”