Sen. Dianne Feinstein to Keynote HRC San Francisco Bay Area 27th Annual Gala Dinner

27th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Gala Dinner & Auction to be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Fairmont San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, members of the HRC San Francisco Bay Area Steering Committee and San Francisco HRC Gala Dinner Committee today announced Sen. Dianne Feinstein will keynote the HRC San Francisco Bay Area 27th annual gala to be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the Fairmont San Francisco.

In addition to Sen. Feinstein’s appearance, SFPD Commander Lea Militello will be honored with the Charles M. Holmes Community Service Award. Commander Militello has been an advocate for all the citizens of San Francisco and wonderful exemplar of a leader. Militello has spent the last 30 years of her career advocating for LGBT officers and most recently serving as president of the San Francisco Police Departments Pride Alliance.

Google, Inc. will receive this year’s Corporate Equality Award for setting an example in the corporate field for valuing, and investing in, equality for consumers and employees alike. Google, once again, was ranked on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index as a one of the “Best Places to Work.”

Representatives from Google and Commander Militello will be joined by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts who will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award. HRC President Joe Solmonese will address members and guests in attendance. World champion rugby star and StandUp Foundation founder Ben Cohen will also make a special appearance.

More than 600 people are expected to attend the event held at the Fairmont San Francisco, atop Nob Hill, which is chaired by Danielle Daley & Kelly Herrick. Tickets for the San Francisco Bay Area HRC Gala Dinner & Auction can be purchased at Box Office Tickets, available online at or by calling 1-800-494-TIXS (8497).

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.