By Melanie Nathan, May 23, 2013.

The Marriage Equality USA San Francisco Awards Reception, honoring Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Bingham McCutchen LLP and the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, will bring together LGBT community members and leaders, straight allies, entertainment industry and corporate leaders, and celebrities to raise funds for and highlight contributions to the marriage equality movement, on Wednesday, May 29th, from 6:00-8:30pm at Chambers Eat + Drink, 601 Eddy Street, San Francisco.

With the incomparable Donna Sachet as emcee, Grammy Award winner Matt Alber performing, Harvey Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk presenting, and special guests like Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, guests will enjoy a celebratory evening of cocktails, light food, entertainment, awards, a silent auction and more! For complete information including media credentials, please visit

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by an organization such as Marriage Equality USA which has been, for almost 20 years, at the forefront of the fight to bring equality and fairness to all loving and committed California couples,” commented Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“As a party in every aspect of the legal fight for marriage equality in California, our office is truly grateful for the work that allies like Marriage Equality USA have done on behalf of all San Francisco families,” commented San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “We are honored to be recognized by this terrific organization during this historic time.”

“Marriage equality is fundamental to the simple yet essential notion of a fully inclusive community and workplace,” remarked Peter Carson, Co-Chair of Bingham McCutchen’s National Pro Bono Committee, “and Bingham is thrilled to be recognized by Marriage Equality USA for its deep and ongoing pro bono commitment to achieve equality through court victories.”

“The history of marriage equality is forever linked with events in San Francisco and the leadership this city has always provided. So much of the love, grassroots energy, political organizing, and legal expertise at the forefront of the movement emanates from San Francisco, and we couldn’t be more excited to honor the tireless leaders who won’t rest until the freedom to marry is the law of this land,” said Brian Silva, Marriage Equality USA Executive Director.

“On Wednesday, May 29, on the verge of historic rulings in the landmark marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, our community will gather in San Francisco to celebrate how far we’ve come and to acknowledge the leaders who are going the distance to make sure the constitution’s fundamental guarantees of freedom and fairness apply to all Americans,” concluded David Janis-Kitzmiller, Marriage Equality USA Board Co-President.

Special thanks to our event sponsors Rebecca Jean Catering and Toyota of Berkeley for their generous support of this event.

DATE & TIME:   Wednesday 29 May 2013, 6:00 –8:30pm
LOCATION:   Chambers Eat + Drink, 601 Eddy Street, San Francisco


  • LT. GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM, Allied Honoree
    • In 2004, Newsom gained national attention when he directed the San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of the current state law, bringing national attention to the issues.  He was also a prominent and vocal opponent of Proposition 8.
  • BINGHAM MCCUTCHEN LLP, Corporate Honoree
    • The law firm of Bingham McCutchen, LLP has a history of pro bono work for marriage equality, including directly assisting Marriage Equality USA for many years.  This year, they led one of two corporate briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court signed by 278 businesses, cities and other employers and employer organizations lodging their support for marriage equality.
    • San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and his office have been at the forefront of the legal battle for marriage equality in California for nearly nine years. He filed the first government-initiated challenge to discriminatory marriage laws, and is the only legal team involved as a party in every aspect of the legal fight in California — in every case, in every court, before every judge — since early 2004.  Herrera’s office successfully sued to strike down the anti-gay marriage exclusion in state courts, and is now representing the public sector interest in striking down Proposition 8.


EMCEE:  DONNA SACHET started her adventure in San Francisco over 20 years ago and the City has applauded her fun-loving spirit, quick wit, and musical talent ever since.  She can be seen judging contests, emceeing fund-raisers, cutting ribbons, and hosting parties. Donna has co-anchored the live television coverage of the San Francisco Pride Parade 2003-2012, entertained aboard RSVP Cruises 2006-2007, and guided television’s Bay Area Backroads through The Castro. She currently writes a biweekly column for the Bay Area Reporter, authors quarterly press releases geared to the LGBT Community for SF Travel, and stars in the weekly Sunday’s A Dragbrunch shows at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room.

PERFORMANCE BY:  MATT ALBER is a two-time Grammy® Award-winning independent recording artist based in San Francisco who first became known in 2009 for his song “End Of The World” and its accompanying music video set in a 1960′s barbershop. MTv’s Logo Channel introduced him to gay America and embarked on a solo career after touring the globe with a classical acapella group called Chanticleer and a stint with San Francisco’s Beach Blanket Babylon. His latest album, Constant Crows, debuted at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart. It features both a duet with his brother (Brother Moon) and an acoustic cover of Madonna’s 1994 hit, “Take A Bow.” Alber’s newest release is a documentary-style DVD with the Cello Street Quartet titled “Matt Alber with Strings Attached.” The piece will be featured in the 2013 Frameline International LGBT Film Festival.



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