“Mariah Carey inspires the world with her incredible voice and amazing talent both on and off the stage,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “We are honored and grateful she will be performing at the 2015 HRC Los Angeles Gala Dinner as we highlight our continued work towards fairness and equality for LGBT people. Her performance is sure to make an incredible evening even more remarkable.”
Mariah has been a longtime proponent of LGBT rights and has expressed her appreciation for her loyal gay fan base.
“If two people want to get married, it’s their prerogative — we hope,” she told The Advocate in 2010. “Everybody should be able to do what they want to do and be in the pursuit of happiness. Ever since I was a little girl, my mother was very open-minded and had many different types of friends, so being gay never seemed wrong or strange to me.”
The HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. The annual gala features a cocktail reception, a silent auction, an elegant dinner, live entertainment and guest speakers.
This year, HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo will be recognized with the HRC Visibility Award, and Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes will be honored with the HRC Ally for Equality Award. Comedian and Minnesota Senator Al Franken will be the featured speaker.
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