GAVIN NEWSOM NAMED KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT DALLAS BLACK TIE DINNER – TEXAS LGBT ORGANIZATIONS FUNDRAISER

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Officials with the Black Tie Dinner last week announced that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will be the keynote speaker at this year’s dinner, being held Oct. 3 at the Sheraton Dallas hotel.

Newsom became a hero in the marriage equality movement in 2004 when he ordered the San Francisco county clerk to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

<em>Mayor Newsom officiates wedding of Sentinel Photojournalist Bill Wilson, center, and husband Fernando Orlandi, left, at San Francisco City Hall June 17 2008. Bella Pictures Copyright © 2008-2009</em>

Mayor Newsom officiates wedding of Sentinel Photojournalist Bill Wilson, center, and husband Fernando Orlandi, left, at San Francisco City Hall June 17 2008. Bella Pictures Copyright © 2008-2009

The Supreme Court stopped the marriages a couple of months later and ordered that the same-sex marriages already performed there be annulled. But Newsom’s action sparked the lawsuit that led to the court’s 2008 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in California.

<em>Molly McKay of Marriage Equality USA joins Mayor Gavin Newsom August 2008 in standing applause. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2008-2009</em>

Molly McKay of Marriage Equality USA joins Mayor Gavin Newsom August 2008 in standing applause. Bill Wilson Copyright © 2008-2009

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<em>Bill Wilson Copyright © 2008-2009</em>

Bill Wilson Copyright © 2008-2009

That ruling was overturned with the passage of the Proposition 8 voter initiative last November.

Black Tie Dinner officials have already announced that Judy Shepard will receive the Elizabeth Birch Award, that Steve Atkinson will receive the Kuchling Humanitarian Award and that Cyndi Lauper will receive the Media Award at this year’s dinner.

Black Tie Dinner, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender supportive organizations serving North Texas through a premier event of empowerment, education and entertainment in partnership with the community.

Since 1982, the nation’s largest GLBT fundraising dinner has grown and prospered in a supportive environment. The evolution of our community is reflected in the yearly increases that our beneficiaries have enjoyed. From the first year that produced a $6,000 donation to the Human Rights Campaign Fund, this premier community event has grown to distribute a total of nearly $12 million to our national and local beneficiaries. In 2007, the Black Tie Dinner distributed $1,270,000 to our national and local beneficiaries.

Black Tie Dinner, Inc. is the most successful dinner in the country supporting the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. It also has the distinction of being the only dinner benefiting HRCF to support local beneficiaries as well. Up to twenty local beneficiaries are selected each year by the Black Tie Dinner Board of Directors.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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