Michaela Jae Rodriguez
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PHOTOS: Celebs Help Raise Big Money for LGBT Families

In a night with more than $600,000 raised, Family Equality Council’s annual Los Angeles Awards Dinner honored activists like Houston Mayor Annise Parker, companies with inclusive advertising like Honey Maid, and the creators of TV shows such as Modern Family and Glee that have changed the nation's view of what an LGBT family looks like. 

The 11th annual gala was held Saturday at the famous Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills and helped raise money to promote the themes of the Family Equality Council’s mission: “connecting, supporting, and representing the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer in this country and their six million children.”

The star-studded event was hosted by commedian-actress-singer Sandra Bernhard and also featured performances from Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson, disco icon Maxine Nightingale, and the cast of Glee.

The Advocate spoke with some of the stars on the Los Angeles Awards Dinner’s purple carpet and asked them about the importance of LGBT families, and their work toward equality for all. Here's what some of them had to say, plus more pictures of the celebrity-filled affair.

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“It’s taking the luxury that people in Hollywood have and sharing it with the people that don’t always have the ability or the money or the access to be able to do what we get to do like adopt children, foster children, and have the support of a community,” said host Sandra Bernhard of the importance of the Family Equality Council's fundraising event.

 

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"I was never so proud as I was when we did the transitioning episode with the trans choir," said Dot-Marie Jones (pictured in the middle with her wife, Bridgett Casteen, and her daughter) about her favorite episode of Glee. "We had over 200 trans men and women who made up our choir, and I cried the whole way home because they were so proud to be there and be represented."

 

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The Normal Heart's Matt Bomer and husband, Simon Halls, arrive on the purple carpet at the Family Equality Council's Los Angeles Awards Dinner. During Bomer's speech, the father of three joked that he was "just happy to be out of the house."

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