Lambda Legal Defence and Education Fund in the United States will present its 15h Annual Liberty Awards on October 2nd at the Director’s Guild of America in Los Angeles.

This year’s celebrated honorees include actor Alan Cumming, for his distinguished career and as an LGBT activist and champion for civil marriage equality.

Also honoured will be David Bohnett for improving society through social activism and philanthropy, including his generous support of LGBT organisations; Reverend Susan Russell for effectively advocating for full inclusion of LGBT people in the Episcopal Church, including the blessing of same sex unions; and Hilton for their excellent record of workplace diversity as well as their dedication and hospitality to the LGBT community.

The event also will celebrate Lambda’s Executive Director Kevin Cathcart for his 15 years of service.

Actress and designer Honey Labrador will host the event, which honours those who have made strides in the fight for full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people (LGBT) and those with HIV.

Lambda Legal is America’s most prominent and powerful civil rights organisation addressing the needs of the LGBT community and those with HIV.

Since 1973 Lambda Legal’s strategy has been to secure legal precedents that solidify basic rights in all areas of life for LGBT people and people with HIV through litigation, education and public policy work.

From the beginning, Lambda has produced unparalleled results, changing the day-to-day lives of LGBT people across the country.

“This year’s Liberty Awards celebration comes at an exciting time for both Lambda Legal and the struggle for LGBT rights in general.

“We’re proud to recognise those who are helping us in our fight for equality,” said John Davidson, Lambda Legal’s director of legal affairs.

Over the past decade Liberty Awards have been given to corporations, law firms and individuals whose work exemplifies the highest standards of service and commitment to the LGBT communities and those with HIV.

Past recipients include Mayor Gavin Newsom, Rosie Kelli O’Donnell, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Martina Navratilova, Herb Ritts, Bill Jones, Margaret Cho, Dolores Huerta, Kathy Griffin and State Senator Sheila Kuehl.

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