Last night the Human Rights Campaign held our 14th Annual National Dinner  in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Convention Center.

As a special surprise, Ricky Martin opened the show talking about his recent coming out.  The program also included White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett as the guest speaker; Grammy Award winning artist P!nk who was presented with the Ally for Equality Award by Bette Midler; the National Arts & Culture Award went to the hit ABC series Modern Family and was accepted by cast members Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson; and Lee Daniels, Producer and Director of Precious and Monsters Ball took home the Visibility Award presented by Precious star Mo’Nique.

More than 3,000 people attended the event chaired by Marjorie Chorlins & Kirkland Hamill.

Photos (all copyright B.Proud) are below with video to follow:

Singer Ricky Martin, surprise guest

Drummers "Batala" welcomed the crowd of 3,100

White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett

Dinner Co-Chairs Kirkland Hamill & Marjorie Chorlins

The Bradley-Black and Stanley-Galloway families before presenting the award to Modern Family

Eric Stonestreet & Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC's Modern Family

Actress and Comedian Mo'Nique

Director Lee Daniels

Bette Midler


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