HRC Equality Dinner set for Feb. 25


The Nashville Steering Committee of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced that its 17th annual Equality Dinner, presented by Bridgestone, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Nashville’s Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. A full evening of entertainment will begin at 5:30  p.m.

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris is the featured performer for this year’s event.

Keith Merrill will be recognized with the 2012 Equality Award during the ceremony. The Equality Award rewards service, commitment and actions that honor the mission of HRC, fighting for full equality for all GLBT people.

TThe 2012 Community Leadership Award recipient is Nashville’s Vice Mayor Diane Neighbor. The Community Leadership Award honors community service, community organizing and leadership in the trenches of our community and the greater fairness-minded community.

This year’s Equality Dinner, co-chaired by Ian May, Andrea Guennewig and Jeremy Davis, will begin with a silent auction, with items ranging from luxury trips to artwork to restaurant gift certificates. The Jugg Sisters of NashTrash Tours, longtime advocates of GLBT equality, will once again emcee the live auction.

The reception & silent auction, presented by Fifth Third Bank, will begin at 5:30 p.m. this year (a bit earlier that past years), with the dinner program beginning at 7 p.m

To learn more about the 2012 HRC Equality Dinner and to purchase tickets, visit