Bil Browning

Photos & Video: HRC Dinner Entertainment & Speakers

Filed By Bil Browning | October 02, 2011 7:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Living
Tags: Cyndi Lauper, Greyson Chance, Human Rights Campaign, Jed Hastings, Joe Solmonese, Michael Bloomberg, Mika, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tammy Baldwin, Tipper Gore

While Karen Ocamb wrote an excellent post earlier today about President Obama's speech to the Human Rights Campaign's national dinner crowd, I thought I'd throw in these photos and videos of the parts you couldn't see livestreamed on the HRC website.

Below is a slideshow of our best photos from the night. All the celebrities on stage and on the red carpet, a tender moment between Joe Solmonese and his partner, Jed, and a couple of crowd shots are in there.

After the jump is video of Cyndi Lauper's three songs and tribute to Joe Solmonese plus another slideshow of the entire photostream from the dinner and red carpet.

Cyndi Lauper Tribute to HRC President Joe Solmonese: 'Time After Time'

Cyndi Lauper Tribute to HRC President Joe Solmonese: 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'

Cyndi Lauper Tribute to HRC President Joe Solmonese: 'True Colors'

Full Photostream of Human Rights Campaign 2011 National Dinner

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I think I support the Occupy Wall Street movement rather than HRC or Obama or the Democrats.

While there is such an utterly unequitable wealth distribution in the US, then I feel that the HRC is missing the point. LGBT rights (along with abortion rights and immigration) are wedge issues designed to hide the fact that the US is a democracy in name only - the reality is that a small elite controls US politics; controls the wealth of our country. And these are bad, bad people, more interested in keeping their wealth than whether or not ordinary people live or die.

The control of 90% of the country's wealthy by an unelected elite is the tragedy of the US.

Until this undemocratic system falls then wedge issues such as LGBT rights will continue to dominate our politics.