Lambda Legal’s 2015 West Coast Liberty Awards - Wendi McLendon-Covey Hosts 2015 Celebration

Lambda Legal will be hosting the annual West Coast Liberty Awards on June 11th and recently announced that longtime LGBT ally Wendi McLendon-Covey will hosting the event that will be held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel. The event celebrates those working towards the organization’s vision of equality.

McLendon-Covey, who currently hosts Ellen DeGeneres’ ABC show Repeat After Me and is also known for The Goldbergs and Bridesmaid, has often added her voice to the growing support and acceptance of LGBT community. McClendon-Covey has been outspoken about the Boy Scouts of America ban on gay scouts and leaders (an issue Lambda Legal argued all the way to the US Supreme Court) and has supported MIX NYC & Queer Experimental Film and the Outfest fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival Achievement Awards. She is also known from the fan favorite role on Modern Family, portraying the comical lesbian mom and Cameron’s nemesis, Pam.

Wendi McLendon-Covey

“I was so honored and immediately said yes when I was asked to host this year. I have always been very supportive and have so many friends and family that are active in the community so I really wanted to be a part of this year’s West Coast Liberty Awards,” says McLendon-Covey.

The West Coast Liberty Awards have previously been hosted by Cheyenne Jackson and Lance Bass and previous honorees, participants and supporters have included Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis, Golden Globe-winning actress Gina Rodriguez, Emmy-winning actor Dan Bucatinsky, GLAAD Award winners Sherri Saum, Maia Mitchell, Dot Marie Jones, Jim O’Heir and Justin Bartha, and Mary McCormack, Bellamy Young, Candis Cayne, Wilson Cruz, David Glasser, Greg Louganis, Andy Richter, Daniel Franzese, Lisa Vanderpump, Lily Tomlin, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Jason Ritter, Rebecca Mader, Gregg Henry, Sara Rue, Tony Denison, Jacqueline Toboni, Joshua Malina, Nikki DeLoach, Alison Pill, Jillian Rose Reed and others.

The West Coast Liberty Awards is an annual celebration of those who have made an impact on the lives of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through advocacy, entertainment, legal and civic contributions, honoring outstanding individuals and organizations each year. This year’s honorees will be announced soon.

“Wendi McLendon-Covey is a committed ally and advocate for equality and her humor and passion will make for a great evening as we celebrate those making a positive impact in our community,” says Lambda Legal’s Western Regional Director, Rick Davis.

As the country's largest and oldest legal organization working toward LGBT equality, Lambda Legal has worked for more than 40 years to achieve full recognition of civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people and those living with HIV.  Lambda Legal is a leader in the movement to advance the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.  On April 28th, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in Ohio marriage lawsuits brought by Lambda Legal, the ACLU and Gerhardstein & Branch alongside marriage equality cases from Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.

 

Tickets available at Lambda Legal

About Lambda Legal: Lambda Legal has worked for more than 40 years to achieve full recognition of civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people and those living with HIV. Most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it has granted review of all six marriage equality cases decided by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, including two Ohio cases litigated by Lambda Legal, the ACLU and Gerhardstein & Branch. The two cases are Henry v. Hodges, where Lambda Legal joined Gerhardstein & Branch, and Obergefell v. Hodges, where the ACLU joined Gerhardstein & Branch. Oral argument is expected to take place in April 2015.

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