Shonda Rhimes and Lena Waithe to be Honored by Human Rights Campaign at Its National Dinner


September 27, 2023

Shonda Rhimes and Lena Waithe are going to be honored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) at this year’s National Dinner!

The event is taking place on October 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Along with Rhimes and Waithe, actor Matt Bomer, will also be celebrated at the event.

HRC is an LGBTQ+ advocacy group that “strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.”

According to Variety, the Shondaland founder and producer of shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “Inventing Anna,” and “Bridgerton” will be presented with the National Equality Award. Rhimes is receiving the award because of her efforts to publicly stand up for the LGBTQ+ community.

Waithe, the creator of the Showtime drama series “The Chi,” will receive the Visibility Award. The award recognizes LGBTQ+ leaders who represent living openly and authentically in all facets of their life.


“I am honored to be receiving this award from an organization that does so much to combat oppression, exclusion, and hate,” Rhimes said. “I am proud to be an ally in this fight.”

Waithe also share her excitement about being recognized by the organization.

“Centering the intersection of queerness and Blackness has been at the forefront of my work and drives me to continue to share Black queer stories for myself, my community, and the world,” Waithe said. “I am unapologetically Black, queer, and a woman—telling intersectional stories that spotlight our authentic experiences is a crucial path towards a future where equal protection and equal opportunity is not a privilege, but a guarantee.”

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