Access Pollywood: Obama Inspires at HRC

President delivers a motivational speech at the 15th Annual Human Rights Campaign Dinner.

President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker at this year's Annual Human Rights Campaign Dinner. (photo by )

The room was filled with inspiration and leadership at the annual Human Rights Campaign Dinner on October 1st.

Held at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, attendees were moved by President Obama‘s speech, specifically during a time when the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy is coming to an end.  Human Rights Campaign President expressed his excitement for and honor in having President Obama, with his “tremendous record of accomplishment for LGBT people,” as the speaker.

The guestlist of the gala was glittered with stars.  Guests included international names like actress and singer Cyndi Lauper, known Washingtonians attorney and photographer and many notable members of the LGBT community.

The Human Rights Campaign is the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, working to end discrimination against the LGBT community.  To learn more about the HRC, please click here.

Intrigued? Here are a few of our exclusive pictures from the National Annual Dinner Gala!

Singer Cyndi Lauper and Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solomese at the HRC Gala. (photo by Kyle Samperton)

Ernesto Santalla and Glen Ackerman at the Washington Convention Center for the HRC Gala. (photo by Kyle Samperton)

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker was in town for the Annual HRC Dinner Gala. (photo by Kyle Samperton)

British singer/songwriter at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner. (photo by Kyle Samperton)

Actor and at the HRC Gala. (photo by Kyle Samperton)

Best known for his YouTube video singing "Paparazzi," attended the HRC Dinner. (photo by Kyle Samperton)

, and at the HRC Gala. (photo by Kyle Samperton)

"On The Road to Equality" bus at the HRC Dinner Gala. (photo by Kyle Samperton)

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