Hollywood – On Saturday night, The Family Equality Council held its annual awards dinner honoring notables in the world of arts, entertainment, politics, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community for their efforts to advance equality for all families. NBC was this year’s honoree for its consistent and positive representation of parents who are LGBT in primetime television along with celebrity and industry influencers including Glee’s Darren Criss, comedian Molly Shannon, Sean Hayes, and NBC’s The New Normal star, Andrew Rannells. Guests got the chance to meet LGBT activists, celebrities, and major influencers in the community.
Celebrity and honoree attendees include NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt, Rumer Willis, Jane Lynch (Glee), Lisa Kudrow, Darren Criss (Glee), Sean Hayes (Up All Night), Molly Shannon (Comedian), Andrew Rannell (The New Normal), Chris Kluwe (Minnesota Vikings), Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Brandi Glanville (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Camille Grammer (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) , Gretchen Rossi (The Real Housewives of Orange County), Tamera Barney (The Real Housewives of Orange County) and many more!
SNL alum and actress, Molly Shannon started the Family Equality Council Awards Dinner off with a huge hit by reading Minnesota Vikings athlete and honoree Chris Kluwe’s open letter to a state delegate fighting for LGBT rights. Shannon got the crowd laughing by over exaggerating Kluwe’s letter and Kluwe continued the guests’ laughter as he made reference to some of Molly’s infamous SNL skits. Kluwe accepted an award presented by the Family Equality Council for encouraging equal representation of the LGBT community.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality starlet, Brandi Glanville mentioned to guests that she was a little nervous to do press for her book in New York but was in great spirits otherwise as she was later dancing to the song “Ladies Night” by Kool and the Gang after the award ceremony had ended.
The New Normal and Girls actor, Andrew Rannells was chosen as a presenter for the Family Equality Council Awards Dinner. Rannells was joined on stage with fellow presenter Sean Hayes who gave an award to NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt. The duo got the crowd laughing by improvising a faux fight about which of them Bob Greenblatt liked more!