Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced that the multi-talented artist Bill T. Jones will be honored at the 2016 Greater New York Gala Dinner on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
“Bill T. Jones’ revolutionary and visionary career in the performing arts has inspired people around the world,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “His work to boldly and beautifully capture the struggles and resilience of people living with HIV has profoundly impacted so many people’s lives and helped to raise awareness of the critical challenges so many face. We are pleased to recognize Bill T. Jones at the Greater New York Gala Dinner with this year’s HRC Visibility Award.”
In 1982, Jones formed the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with his late partner, Arnie Zane, who died of AIDS-related illness in 1988. A multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, artistic director and writer, Jones has received major honors including the 2013 National Medal of Arts, a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award, multiple Tony Awards, Kennedy Center Honors in 2010, and many more. In addition to creating more than 140 works for his own company, Jones has collaborated with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Boston Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Toni Morrison and Max Roach, and Jessye Norman, among many others. Jones will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award for his work to bring to light the struggles and resilience of those living with HIV.
“Like so many in our community, I have been heartened and encouraged by the fearless leadership of the Human Rights Campaign. The advances made on behalf of LGBTQ people would have been unthinkable not so long ago… Now they are fact!” said Bill T. Jones. “I am greatly moved and humbled to accept this award from this fearless and essential organization.”
The Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s most prestigious events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community. As previously announced, Accenture will receive the HRC Corporate Equality Award at the event for their commitment to equality for the LGBT community.
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The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.