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Vice-President Gore to Address
HRC Dinner

Event Hosted President Clinton Last Year

Also to Speak: Maya Angelou, Melissa Etheridge & Julie Cypher

Compiled by Badpuppy's GayToday
From Human Rights Campaign Reports

Washington -- The Human Rights Campaign announced Monday that Vice President Gore will attend HRC's Second Annual National Dinner as a featured speaker and to receive the HRC National Leadership Award.

"We are very excited and honored that Vice President Gore will attend our National Dinner. The Vice President has a long record of advocating equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans. The Vice President's presence reaffirms his commitment to battling discrimination and demonstrates his willingness stand up for what is right," said HRC executive director Elizabeth Birch.

The Second Annual National Dinner will take place on September 19, at the Washington, DC Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. In addition to Vice President Gore, the black-tie gala will feature world-renowned poet Dr. Maya Angelou. HRC will also present its first National Family Civil Rights Award to rocker Melissa Etheridge and her partner, producer Julie Cypher. mangelou.gif - 17.73 K Dr. Maya Angelou

Last year, President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker.

OutVote '98, HRC's second national political convention, will take place the same weekend as the National Dinner, Sept. 17-20. OutVote '98 will help mobilize the vote for fairness and equality and teach members of our community and our allies the campaign skills necessary to have an impact in the November elections.

The event will also give activists the opportunity to network and form working alliances with the community's brightest leaders from around the nation. OutVote '98 is expected to draw 1,000 lesbian and gay activists to Washington. Like the National Dinner, the political convention will also take place at the Washington, DC Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

metheridge.jpg - 37.30 K Melissa Etheridge and her partner, Julie Sypher, will speak at the HRC dinner. OutVote 98' will offer a top-notch line-up of speakers including: Rev. Jesse Jackson, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, Assistant to the President Virginia Apuzzo, White House AIDS Policy Director Sandra Thurman, Representatives Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), and Connie Morella (R-Md.), Seattle City Council member Tina Podlodowski, Betty DeGeneres, and John and Michael Galluccio and other prominent national leaders.

The weekend will begin early for dedicated activists, who are invited to Washington on Thursday, Sept. 17, to lobby their senators and members of Congress.

"We encourage everyone who can spare the time to come to Washington that day and visit their elected representatives," says Winnie Stachelberg, HRC's political director.

"Get in touch with us and we'll help you coordinate these visits and provide whatever background materials you might need to talk to your congress people about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, hate crimes, lesbian health, HIV and AIDS or other subjects."

Travel-On is HRC's official travel agency for the weekend. We urge you to make your airline reservations through them. And for the latest updates on OutVote '98 and the Second

Annual National Dinner: Visit the HRC web site at http://www.hrc.org.

Box Office Tickets, to purchase tickets: 1-800-494-8497

Travel-On, for travel arrangements: 1-800-333-1225 or 301-495-5990, account #410

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