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    Round About – HRC Annual Dinner

    Oh what a night! Saturday, October 11, was an evening to remember with back-to-back events attended by LGBT community notables. Beginning at the Westin St. Frances with the 30th Annual HRC San Francisco Gala & Silent Auction, the evening continued with two post event parties, one at the St Francis’ fabulous 32nd level Imperial Floor and one celebrating Cleve Jones’ birthday at The Café night club in the Castro. At the HRC Gala, keynote speakers were HRC president Chad Griffin and U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Featured guest speakers were Academy Awardwinning filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, who gave a fiery speech, and activists Kris Perry & Sandy Stier. Robert Hill, Director of HRC Mississippi, discussed the organization’s work in Mississippi and throughout the South, mentioning how much work still needs to be done in that part of the country. Compelling video supported Hill’s call to action. Former 49ers quarterback Steve Young made a surprise appearance as his wife Barb accepted the Ally for Equality Award. Other award recipients included activist and civic leader Cecilia Chung, and the international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. The San Francisco Bay Times sends special birthday wishes and appreciation for his historic leadership to Cleve Jones. Special thanks also go to the HRC Dinner Committee cochairs Cherie Green and Matt Hendry, and to HRC Board of Directors member Frank Woo.

    Photos by Steve Underhill.