Black Tie Dinner–the nation’s largest single-night LGBTQ fundraising dinner–celebrated its 38th annual event, presented by BBVA, with a powerful evening of empowerment, education, and entertainment at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Dallas this past Saturday. This year’s dinner featured a diverse and dynamic lineup of speakers and award recipients, including Emmy, Tony, and Grammy winner Billy Porter, country artist Mickey Guyton, singer, and trans rights activist Shea Diamond, Pose actor and activist Dyllón Burnside, and HRC Foundation President Alphonso David. The 38th annual dinner, which had a sold-out crowd of nearly 3,000 guests, has raised more than $23 million since its inception in 1982.
In addition to the dinner itself, Black Tie Dinner also presented B4Black, a free event kicking off the weekend at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel on Friday, November 2nd, which featured a musical performance by British singer/songwriter Georgia Ku. The organization also hosted an official after-party on Saturday with music provided by New-York-based DJ Ty Sunderland.
DINNER EVENING HIGHLIGHTS
- Elizabeth Birch Equality Award Recipient – Actor/Singer/Artist Billy Porter
- Visibility Award Recipient: Singer and activist Shea Diamond
- Featured Performer: Country music recording artistMickey Guyton
- Guest Speaker: HRC Foundation President Alphonso David
- Guest Speaker: Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson
- Guest Speaker: Actor and activist Dyllón Burnside
- Luxury Auction Host: Comedian Dana Goldberg