James and I worked the red carpet last night at the Global Equality Fund reception sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The event honored Sir Elton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her strong stance on LGBT rights.
The Global Equality Fund, announced by Secretary Clinton last December on International Human Rights Day in Geneva, stands as a unique global effort bringing public and private partners together to protect and advance the human rights of LGBT people globally. The fund supports tangible assistance to LGBT civil society groups as well as an emergency response mechanism to provide rapid support to human rights defenders and victims of human rights violations in crises situations.
Secretary Clinton didn't walk the rope line and Sir Elton didn't stop for questions, but we did manage to snag some short interviews with Judith Light, Sharon Stone, Andrea Mitchell, and new HRC president Chad Griffin.
Judith and I bonded over our mutual love of David Mixner, Andrea ruminated on whether she or Rachel Maddow would win a Battle Royale, Chad talks about his first couple of weeks on the job, and Sharon gave the shortest answer possible to an easy question. (Her answer gave the folks on hand a case of the giggles as we all asked, "That's it?" after she left.)
The video with our exclusive interviews is after the break.