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Austin's 17th annual HRC Gala: Where Love Conquers Hate and leaders are honored


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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) came together Saturday night for its annual gala to honor and celebrate the leaders in support of the LGTB community.

The gala honored Dave Steakley, Producing Artistic Director of ZACH Theater, with the HRC Austin Visibility Award; Laura Hernandez, Executive Director of Diversity Marketing for AT&T, with the HRC Austin Corporate Equality Award; and filmmaker Kevin Smith with the HRC Equality Award.

Kevin Smith speaks about his gay brother and his subsequent activism and personal growth.

Austin Board of Governors Member and Gala Co-Chair Kathrin Kersten and HRC President Chad Griffin

Tana Busch, Janae Rapps, Molly Clark and Kay Tanner

Kelly Schneider and Erin Abernathy

Andrew Stone and Scott Ertresvaag

Carmine Salvucci and Travis County Democratic Party Chairman Andy Brown

Pedro Diaz and Jay Schodts

Holly Hirsch and Jennifer Willyard

Dan and Heather Katreille, Katy and John Kerrigan.

Thomas and Beverly Childs

Jana and Chris Carrington

HRC President Chad Griffin speaks about the importance of HRC’s mission.

Audience members watch as Griffin speaks.

State Senator Kirk Watson leads the evening’s auction.

Jennifer Beltz accepts the award on behalf of Laura Hernandez.

Honoree Dave Steakley.

HRC Board of Directors member Todd Canon.