Matthew Lopez to Receive the Human Rights Campaign’s HRC Equality Award

Matthew Lopez is being honored for his inspiring work…

The Puerto Rican Broadway playwright and screenwriter will be feted by the Human Rights Campaign, receiving this year’s HRC Equality Award.

Matthew Lopez

HRC, the nation’s largest LGBTQcivil rights organization, will present Lopez with his award at the 19th Annual HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 1.

“Matthew Lopez’s sweeping, groundbreaking play The Inheritance tells the important story of LGBTQ life in the 21st century, while paying homage to our rich, diverse history,” said HRC president Alphonso David. “For telling this story so powerfully, and for his contributions to the LGBTQ community, it is a true honor for HRC to present Matthew Lopez with the Equality Award.”

The Inheritance, currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, reimagines E.M. Forster’s Howards Endas the story of a group of gay men in 21st Century Manhattan. 

The 2020 HRC Greater New York Gala is set for Saturday, February 1, at the Marriott Marquisin Manhattan.

Vergara Among 49 Celebrities Appearing in Orlando Massacre Tribute Video

Sofia Vergara is urging people to stop the hate

The 43-year-old Colombian actress and Modern Family star is among the 49 celebrities honoring the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting massacre in a Ryan Murphy-Produced tribute video.

Sofia Vergara

The 18-minute tribute, directed by Murphy and Ned Martel, was released this week by the Human Rights Campaign.

“On June 12, forty-nine innocent people — most of them Latino — were killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando simply because of who they were,” reads the description of the video on YouTube. “It’s on all of us to keep their memories alive, and to ensure part of their legacy becomes meaningful action to end hate violence.”

The video features a photo of each victim, accompanied by a celebrity recounting that person’s individual story. It was filmed over three days, at Fox Studios in Los Angeles.

“The hate that stole these 49 individuals from all those who loved them has been allowed to flourish in our country for too long,” said Murphy in a statement. “No person is born hating another, and we have an obligation as Americans to stand up against prejudice and bigotry that would incite violence against someone simply for who they are. I am proud to have joined with Ned Martel, my talented colleagues, and the Human Rights Campaign to honor these 49 heroes and stop the hate.”

In addition to Vergara, other Latino celebrities who participated in the video include Lea Michele, Edgar Ramirez, George Lopez, Diego Boneta, Demi Lovato, Kid Cudi, Jordana Brewster and Guillermo Díaz.

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Lovato Supports Same-Sex Marriage in New HRC Video

Demi Lovato has joined the Human Rights Campaign’s fight for gay rights.

The 21-year-old part-Mexican American singer, who filmed her “Really Don’t Care” music video at L.A. Pride, is voicing her support for same-sex marriage in a new web video.

Demi Lovato

Lovato is serving as the face of a re-launch of the Human Rights Campaign‘s Americans for Marriage Equality operation. HRC promises more celebrity endorsements to come.

“I believe that love comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors,” says the former Disney Channel star and judge on Fox‘s The X Factor in the 45-second clip. “So whether you’re LGBT or straight, your love is valid, beautiful and an incredible gift. … Please join me in supporting the majority of Americans who support marriage equality.”

Recent polling indicates that a solid majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage—59 percent, according to one recent ABC News/Washington Post survey.

For respondents younger than 30, that number jumps up to 77 percent. Among Republicans, marriage equality is supported by 40 percent, a jump of 16 points from just two years ago.

Lovato’s voice is a powerful one among her young fan base, which boasts 20 million Twitter followers and 30 million Facebook fans.

The singer has made anti-bullying a cornerstone of her public life, most recently having served in June as the grand marshal of the Los Angeles gay pride parade, where she filmed her dancetastic new video.

Leguizamo Speaks Out in Support of Marriage Equality…

John Leguizamo is the latest celebrity encouraging Americans to support gay marriage…

John Leguizamo

The 47-year-old Colombian-American actor appears in a video for the Human Right Campaign’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.

“Loving, committed couples should be able to marry the person they love and protect their families,” the Emmy-winning actor states in his public service announcement. “And nothing is more important than family. And nothing says family like marriage… So please join me and the majority of Americans who support marriage equality.”

Other celebrities who’ve appeared in the Americans for Marriage Equality campaign videos include Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique, Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbedejo and former NAACP chairman Julian Bond.