Family Equality Council Awards: Darren Criss, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, ‘Glee’ Performance and More!

The cast of 'Glee' performed. (l-r) Becca Tobin, Jenna Ushkovitz, Chord Overstreet, Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Alex Newell and Harry Shum Jr. (All photos courtesy of Getty)

Last night in Beverly Hills, the stars came out for the Family Equality Council’s 11th Annual Los Angeles Awards Dinner. Hosted by Sandra Bernhard, the night includes awards to “Modern Family” and “Glee” for their contributions to presenting LGBTQ families and people, Honey Maid for continuing to celebrate family with their brand but adding families led by same sex partners in their advertising, and Annise Parker, the first LGBTQ mayor of Houston, Texas.

Also, the Family Equality Council’s Executive Director, Gabriel Blau, announced the start of the “Snap It and Send It” app, which will help update forms that don’t reflect many of today’s families. And, according to a press release on the event, “Blau also announced that this sprint the FEC will begin a new public education and engagement effort in a new partnership with the “It Gets Better” project. They are aslo expanding its legal clinic project for low-income LGBT families, launching clinics in Alabama and Louisiana. They also plan on holding the first Stakeholder and Partner Summit on Southern Families in North Carolina. The Family Equality Council continues to expand, reaching 25,000 people in 2013, 32,000 in 2014, and hold to reach even more in 2015.”

Performances during the event included Bernhard, Cheyenne Jackson, disco diva Maxine Nightingale and Darren Criss, Lea Michele, Chord Overstreet, Harry Shum Jr, Jenna Ushkovitz ane Becca Tobin.

For more information on the Family Equality Council, visit the website.

Here is a gallery of photos from last night’s event, which was held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.

Country singer Ty Herndon, who came out last year.

 

Darren Criss from 'Glee'

Matt Bomer and husband, Simon Halls.

GLAAD's Wilson Cruz

(l-r) Andrew Rannells, Sarah Paulson and host Sandra Bernhard.

'Glee's' Alex Newell belted out 'I Will Survive' during the show.

Cheyenne Jackson performed during the show.

Dan Bucatinsky with host Sandra Bernhard.

'New Girl' Star Max Greenfield presented awards to 'Glee' and 'Modern Family.'

Matt Bomer, a Texas native, presented to Houston LGBTQ mayor Annise Parker.

The first LGBTQ mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, is also one of the most popular ever.

'American Horror Story' star Sarah Paulson and Matt Bomer at the event.

(l-r) Newlyweds Jason Landau & Cheyenne Jackson and Michael Turchin & Lance Bass.

The closing number of 'Don't Stop Believing.' (Lea Michele and Darren Criss)

(l-r) Chord Overstrett, Lea Michele, Darren Criss

Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss during the final number.

 

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