On March 11th I traveled to Los Angeles and attended the Impact Awards with Family Equality Council at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. It was an incredible evening full of memorable moments.
During dinner I spoke with Tig Notaro and her wife Stephanie Allynne about the importance of queer families in the media. Earlier in the night I had a chance to thank Alexandra Billings for her important work on Amazon's Transparent, and literally closed out the evening with Julie Bowen from ABC's Modern Family. Sarah Paulson was there as well - minus her love, the iconic Holland Taylor (who has under the weather that night and had to miss out). There was a lot of love in the room that night & it was so inspiring to be among other important members of the queer community & our allies from all over the U.S.
Joining me to cover the event was Sarah Toce (Seattle Lesbian, Seattle Women's Pride) and Brandy Black (The Next Family). Check out their websites for portraits, videos, and more.
"Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards are a celebration of LGBTQ families, and the people and organizations which have made an impact on our families and communities. The Impact Awards not only honor the contributions of remarkable people and groups, but also highlights the accomplishments of Family Equality Council – from our work fighting so-called religious freedom restoration acts to our community building events reaching over 33,000 people across the country." (Source, Family Equality).
This years honorees include: Transparent (Amazon), Target, and Jonathan Murray & Harvey Reese.