Hathaway & Biden

Photo by Brendan Kownacki

"I'm pretty shell shocked by what I see every day, what I hear every day," said actress Anne Hathaway at the Human Rights Campaign Gala where she received the 2018 National Equality Award spearheaded by HRC President Chad Griffin, “and I really don’t like to admit this, but I get scared.”  She isn’t the only one – the 3,000 guests that showed up at The Convention Center probably felt the same way.  Coming together though dissipated the scare factor, at least in the moment. “There is enough room for all of us,” she added. “PERIOD.”

Prior to the dinner & award presentation, Senator Cory Booker (Dem. NJ) addressed the media and the thousand of guests in front of The White Carpet, which means he had to shout his remarks…..like really shout them.  “We are having a party with a purpose. We are here united in love and faith and a willingness to fight for what is right. I am so grateful to see all of us here investing in an organization that continues year after year to make a change for the cause of justice, of love for LGBTQ rights. We still have work to do, but tonight let’s embrace each other. Let’s nurture and nourish each other. Let’s celebrate love. But most importantly, in a time where hate and bigotry are being elevated from the highest offices in the land, it’s time that we double down and say the truth of America is patriotism. Patriotism is love of country and you can not love your country unless you love your fellow countrymen and women. Love one another. Know that we must truly be one nation under God, indivisible with the confidence that gives you the right to go free [from the land.] Tonight let us continue to march forward; a march that started with my ancestors; a march that’s united in others for our freedom. From Selma, Stonewall, to Seneca tonight we celebrate and pause and recognize so many heroes. But tomorrow, lets’ get rolling and keep marching towards victory. God Bless everyone.”  (Insert thunderous applause)