Family Equality Council’s LA Impact Awards Just Two Weeks Away

Family Equality Council’s annual Impact Awards gala is now just two weeks away! Every year the Impact Awards recognizes individuals and companies that have made outstanding contributions to the wellbeing of LGBTQ families. This year’s event is no exception. Honorees include the creators of the hit Amazon series Transparent, Target, and longtime Family Equality Council supporters Jonathan Murray and Harvey Reese. The Gala will be held on Saturday, March 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.

At the event, actress Julie Bowen will present the award to Transparent writer Our Lady J, accepting on behalf of Jill Soloway, and Kim Kardashian will present the award to Jonathan Murray and Harvey Reese, who have proven themselves to be vocal advocates for LGBTQ youth and families.

Target will receive an Impact Award for their work demonstrating an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusivity for all people, particularly the LGBTQ community, to be presented by TV personality Ross Mathews. Guests and honorees will also be treated to performances by Cheyenne Jackson and Michael Arden. There will be special appearances by Robbie Rogers, and also by Jay Timmons, Rick Olson and family. We are delighted to welcome Tig Notaro, who will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The Impact Awards would not be possible without the hard work of our host committee, so Family Equality Council extends warm thanks to our Event Chairs: Stuart Bell, David Marshall Grant, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Paulson, our Vice-Chairs: Natalie Bergman, and Seth Yankelwitz, and our Table Captains: Jeffrey Arden-Bernstein, and Danielle Cooper.

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Here’s a sneak preview of some of the guests who will be in attendance:

  • Sarah Paulson, Co-Chair
  • David Marshall Grant, Co-Chair, Tony Award Winning Actor and Writer
  • Greg Berlanti, Co-Chair, Executive Producer, Supergirl
  • Stuart Bell, Co-Chair, Co-Owner, Growing Generations
  • Alexis Kantor, VP of Product Development for Target
  • Jonathan Murray, Honoree and producer of Real World, A&E Born This Way
  • Harvey Reese, Honoree
  • Kim Kardashian, Presenter
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Kyle Richards & Mauricio Umansky, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  • Lisa Rinna, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  • Dorit Kemsley, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  • Camille Grammer, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  • Ross Mathews, Presenter
  • Jason George, Grey’s Anatomy
  • Kearran Giovanni, Major Crimes
  • Beth Grant, The Mindy Project
  • Brenda Strong, Supergirl
  • Cheyenne Jackson, Singer & Actor
  • Nate Corddry, Actor
  • Tig Notaro, Comedian
  • Larry Sullivan, Big Little Lies
  • David Monahan, Big Little Lies
  • Jessica Renee Russell, Cassandra French’s Finishing School
  • Michael Arden, Actor
  • Alexandra Billings, Transparent
  • Our Lady J, Writer, Transparent

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If you can’t make it on the night and want to follow the action online, follow Family Equality Council on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and watch the hashtag #LAImpactAwards.

Special thanks are due to our sponsors:

Event Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  • Target
  • HBO
  • Berlanti Productions

Silver Sponsors

  • Lyn & Norman Lear

Bronze Sponsors

  • Warner Bros Studios
  • International Fertility Law Group
  • Thomas J. Swan
  • NBC Universal

Special thanks to:

  • 501 Auctions
  • The Beverly Wilshire
  • Fox & Greenberg Public Relations
  • Clockwork Active Media
  • Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop
  • Amy Shomer & Associates
  • Hive Social Lab
  • Eyebobs
  • Love Comes First

National Partners and Foundation

National Partners

  • Playbill
  • Clockwork
  • Tylenol
  • California Cryobank
  • Target
  • Growing Generations
  • Capital One
  • Bryan Cave
  • Nederlander
  • HBO
  • International Infertility Law Clinic
  • Burson Marsteller


  • Gill Foundation
  • National Basketball Players Association
  • The David Bohnett Foundation
  • The Lear Foundation
  • Esmond Harmsworth Foundation
  • Hugh J. Anderson Foundation