Photo Gallery: Secretary Solis at NGLCC Annual Dinner
(November 18, 2011)
- LGBT Actor Wilson Cruz, who starred in the hit TV shows My So-Called Life and Noah's Ark, takes bids at a fundraising auction to benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
- U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis received the American Airlines Extra Mile Award for her work to support transgender workers, LGBT families, domestic partnership benefits and Americans with HIV/AIDS.
- Solis recited the Obama administration's success in repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' passing historic hate-crimes legislation, and raising the profile of the campaign to ending bullying in America's schools.
- After being honored by American Airlines officials, Solis thanked American Airlines 'for taking your industry to new heights' in supporting LGBT workers, noting that it was the 'the first airline out of the gate' in offering domestic partnership benefits, protecting transgender workers from discrimination and adding LGBT-certified businesses to their supply chain.
- More than 800 LGBT business leaders and supporters were on hand at the NGLCC annual dinner. She praised the NGLCC for working to meet the President's goal of doubling American exports, for putting Americans back to work, for fostering innovation and for supporting LGBT entrepreneurs.
- Solis recognized NGLCC co-founders Chance Mitchell (far left) and Justin Nelson (far right) for traveling to Bogota to advance workplace equality measures in Colombia as President Obama signed the new Colombian free trade agreement this fall.