Family Equality, in Solidarity with Striking Southern California Hotel Workers, Relocates Fundraising Gala

Family Equality’s LA Impact gala on Saturday, October 14, will now be held at Citizen News, the historical event space by the Mother Wolf team, which recently underwent a state-of-the-art transformation and redesign.

In solidarity with the Southern California hotel workers who are currently striking, the Family Equality West Coast fundraising gala, LA Impact: There’s No Place Like Home, is relocating to a new venue. The date will remain Saturday, October 14 but this year’s gala will now take place at the historic venue, Citizen News, in the heart of Hollywood and connected to the acclaimed Mother Wolf restaurant. 

In late August, Unite Here Local 11, the union representing the hotel workers, urged conventions to not use hotels and event spaces at hotels without a contract for their workers.

Citizen News by Mother Wolf

As an organization dedicated to social justice and equality for all, Family Equality believes in the fundamental principle that workers’ rights are human rights. Family Equality shares their unwavering support for the Southern California hotel workers who are currently engaged in a critical struggle for better working conditions, fair wages, and dignity in their workplaces. 

“Moving the gala to Citizen News is the absolute right thing to do,” said Stacey Stevenson President & CEO of Family Equality. “This decision is not taken lightly but reflects our belief that meaningful change requires collective action and a resolute commitment to justice for all.”

Bruce Cohen and Niecey Nash-Betts
Bruce Cohen and Niecey Nash-Betts will be honored at LA Impact.

As part of the event, Family Equality will honor Bruce Cohen — Oscar and Tony-winning, Emmy-nominated producer of film, television, theater, and live events — and Niecy Nash-Betts — Emmy®, Critics Choice and NAACP Award-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated actress and producer. A VIP reception hosted by honorary co-chairs Heather Dubrow, Dan Bucatinsky, and friends and sponsored by Equality Vines. starts at 5:30 PM PT and the red carpet and cocktails start at 6:00 PM PT. 

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LA Impact: There’s No Place Like Home will take place at the Intercontinental Los Angeles on Saturday, October 14. With more than 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced in states across the country in 2022, the event offers celebrities, supporters, and community luminaries, the opportunity to come together to support and protect all the LGBTQ+ families across the country defying gravity in the name of LOVE, FAMILY, and FREEDOM.

Past honorees include Jason Bolden and Adair Curtis, Nats Getty and Gigi Gorgeous Getty, Greg Berlanti, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry, Mayor Annise Parker, Johnson & Johnson, Target, and the casts of Glee, Modern Family, and Transparent

The 2023 LA Impact: There’s No Place Like Home honorary chairs are Dan Bucatinsky and Heather Dubrow. The event is co-chaired by Adair Curtis, Taylor Emerson, Alec Mapa, Alvin McCray, Melissa Peterman, Danny Pintauro, and Sarah Sapola. The event is produced by Amy Shomer and directed by Mario Mosley.

Family Equality gratefully acknowledges the support of the following LA Impact sponsors: The Dubrow Family (Platinum Sponsor); Kenvue’s Care with Pride (Gold Sponsor); The Murray/Reese Family Foundation (Silver Sponsor); Erica Horton and Dan Cooper, The James Irvine Foundation and Progyny (Bronze Sponsors); BindleBox Films, CCS Fundraising, DavisPolk, Equality Vines, Fertility & Surgical Associates of California, Growing Generations, The IVF Center, Nuage Designs, Ode À La Rose, Rainbow Kids, and ShopQueer (Friend Sponsors); Equality Vines (VIP Reception Sponsor); Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, California Cryobank, Kenvue’s Care with Pride, Clockwork, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Fidelity Investments, Gerber, the LEGO Group®, Nederlander, Organon, Playbill, and Target (National Corporate Sponsors). 

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Family Equality is creating a world where everyone can experience the love, safety, and belonging of family. As the leading national organization for current and future LGBTQ+ families, we work to ensure that everyone has the freedom to find, form, and sustain their families by advancing LGBTQ+ equality through advocacy, support, storytelling, and education.

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