EV’s Commonwealth Dinner Brings Cory Booker and More to Virginia’s LGBT Fight
Saturday, April 6, Equality Virginia is exited to host the 10th annual Commonwealth Dinner. The event, which brings LGBT Virginians and their allies from around the state, hopes to educate, entertain, and fuel those who are concerned about the future of LGBT rights in the state.
Equality Virginia invited Newark New Jersey Mayor, Cory Booker, to come to the event, and its something Kevin Clay, EV’s Communications Coordinator, is particularly excited about. “He’s very impassioned, and we think folks here in Virginia will receive his message well.” Booker has been Newark’s mayor since 2006. He’s known for his LGBT advocacy, as well as his extensive social media expertise.
In a press conference from early 2012, Booker spoke about the importance of marriage equality, its place as a civil rights issue and why it should not be put to a popular vote – an issue not many in our body politic share. “No minority should have their rights subject to the passions and sentiments to the majority – This is a fundamental bedrock of what our nation stands for… we’ve created a second class citizenry in our country.”
Booker also did a video for the Human Rights Campaign, citing the 14th amendment as one of his many reasons for supporting marriage equality. “I support love, and in this nation, we need a lot more of it.”
Additionally, EV will be honoring members of the LGBT community and its allies in a ceremony known as “Outstanding Virginians.” Individuals from across the sexual minority spectrum, advocates, politicians, researchers, and lawyers are being honored for the impacts they’ve made here in the Commonwealth. “It is about recognizing those who have been in it for the long haul – These folks have laid the ground work for what we’re doing today. It shows how far we’ve come.”
The outstanding Virginians were nominated by EV’s state-wide membership, and the EV Board made the final decision based on those nominees. GayRVA will be profiling the nominees next week.
The Commonwealth Dinner is EV’s largest fundraiser of the year – with money from ticket sales and sponsors going toward the lobbying group to assist with programs the organization does throughout the year. A silent auction is also being held, with weekend getaways, tickets to events and shows, and other goods from local and regional businesses. “The dinner is really an opportunity to shine a light on those businesses that are going out of their way to be supportive and affirming to the LGBT community,” said Clay.
Tickets are still available for the Commonwealth Dinner, and they and can be found at Equality Virginia’s Website here. “It’s a time to bring together LGBT Virginians, Celebrate the progress we have made, and where we’re still going,” said Clay. “I hope all will attend.”
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