Sarah McBride, photo by B.Proud

The 2019 Gala will be on Saturday, March 23, at Starmount Forest Country Club. We are returning to the formal sit-down dinner format with a special guest speaker this year, which will be followed by the Green Party hosted by Jessica Mashburn and Evan Olson.

Dinner will feature guest speaker Sarah McBride, a progressive activist and the National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. Sarah made national headlines in 2011 when she came out as transgender to her college while serving as student body president at American University. In 2016, she made history when she became the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention.

Her book Tomorrow Will Be Different chronicles her journey as a transgender woman, from coming out to her family and school community, to fighting for equality in her home state and nationally, to her heartbreaking romance with her late husband.

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We are also accepting nominations for our annual Gala awards. Click here for the nomination form.

Tickets are available now! Get them here.