You may ask what these things have in common and on the surface it would seem that they are disparate concepts but when President Bill Clinton quoted former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, who said one should campaign in poetry and govern in prose the idea came to our mind that designers work in poetry and prose in the aesthetic of the home, publicists work in poetry and prose to persuade and human rights activists and politicians do the same to create positive change so it would seem we do indeed have more in commonalities than our differences.
Principals of the The HighBoy.com and long-time supporters of HRC: Douglas Scott, Olga Granda-Scott, Rod Hildebrant, and Matthew Meehan invited design-industry heavyweights Patrick Hamilton, Damon Crain, John Douglas Eason, Brett Williams, Caleb Anderson, Kerry Howard, Alan Tanksley, Lloyd Marks, Michael Tavano, Christophe Jouenne, Lorie Peters Lauthiers, Sogol and Khoury Afsharjavan, Jennifer Sergent, Mary Douglas Drysdale, Gary McBournie, Bill Richards, Robert S. Brown, Darrin McMullen, and Andrew Joseph to join them at the HRC National Dinner in Washington DC on Saturday, October 25th, 2014.
The HRC National Dinner drew more than 3,000 guests to the Washington Convention Center, including keynote speaker President Bill Clinton. It is President Clinton’s second appearance at the HRC gala after attending the organization’s very first National Dinner in 1997.
“One thing we have learned is no human heart is immune to an honest outreach,” he said. “No one can forever ignore their personal experience. If you ask somebody who the most conservative member of the Bush administration was, most people say Dick Cheney. But Dick Cheney was for gay marriage [and] gay rights because of his daughter [Mary Cheney is gay], because of his personal human experience.”
Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea Clinton just had her first child, said that “sometimes the biggest threat to the future of our children and grandchildren is the poison of identity politics that preaches that our differences are far more important than our common humanity.”
“But don’t kid yourself… there are still barriers that need to be brought down,” he said. “All over the world there are young people who still have to cower in fear of their governments, their leaders and sometimes their families,” Clinton said. He urged the attendees to stay focused on achieving more wins through concerted campaigns, both legally and in the court of public opinion. POETRY AND PROSE!
Furthermore, Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish were honored with the HRC National Equality Award. The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who dedicate time, energy, spirit and whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBT people. This award is given to allies of the LGBT community who stand up on behalf of equality for all Americans.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder opened the HRC event in a surprise appearance. Earlier Saturday, Holder announced that the federal government was recognizing same-sex marriages in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples.
Other prominent guests and speakers included actress Yeardley Smith, transgender model, advocate and founder of Gender Proud Geena Rocero, actress and singer Jennifer Hudson, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young.
The HighBoy proudly supports the mission of the Human Rights Campaign “because antiques aren’t dated but inequality should be.”