Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Gays, California residents expected at State Dinner for British PM Cameron

Among the bold-faced names attending tonight’s (Wednesday, March 14) State Dinner for David Cameron, Great Britain’s prime minister, and his wife, Samantha Cameron, are a host of LGBT people and California officials.

Chief among them are Chad Griffin, (in photo at left) the incoming president of the national LGBT group the Human Rights Campaign, and the Golden State’s Attorney General Kamala Harris, San Francisco’s former district attorney.

The founder of the nonprofit that challenged California’s ban against same-sex marriage in federal court, Griffin was bringing  Jerome Fallon as his plus one. Harris, who refused to defend the anti-gay Prop 8 in the lawsuit, was bringing her sister Maya.

The White House released a list of guests expected to attend the lavish affair shortly before guests began arriving.

John Berry, a gay man who is director of the Obama administration’s Office of Personnel Management, was invited and his guest is longtime partner Curtis Yee.

Gay philanthropist David Bohnett, who lives in Beverly Hills, was set to attend with Deborah Borda, president of the LA Philharmonic whose board Bohnett chairs. Beverly Hills attorney Dana Perlman, a member of the HRC Board of Governors, and his partner Hugh Kinsellagh, were also at the State Dinner this week.

Jonathan Capehart, a gay black man who is a political columnist for the Washington Post, was listed as bringing guest Nicholas Schmit IV. British born Andrew Sullivan, a gay conservative who writes for Newsweek/Daily Beast, was going with Aaron Tone by his side.

Capehart wrote about the large number of LGBT invitees the next day, as did Sullivan, who posted a photo of himself and his husband Tone on his blog.

Adding some celebrity buzz to the affair, both singer John Legend and actor George Clooney were invited.

San Francisco resident John Scully, the board chairman of Advent Software, and his wife, Regina, were said to be attending.

Other LGBT guests included Hilary Rosen, a political analyst for CNN and managing director of the Public Affairs and Communications Practice of SKDKnickerbocker; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Sally Susman, executive vice president of policy, external affairs, and communications at Pfizer Inc.; and Bradley Kiley, director of the Office of Management and Administration.


— Matthew S. Bajko, March 14, 2012 @ 3:53 pm PST
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