Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Columbus HRC Gala Line-up Announced

We are PLEASED to announce the guests of the 28th Columbus Gala will be in the company of several FANTASTIC and TALENTED individuals.

1) Mantryx (, the talented aerial acrobat act, will be joining us this year with an ALL NEW act.

2) Gavin Creel ( will be singing one of his hit songs. Born in Findlay, Ohio, Creel released his debut CD, Goodtimenation, in March 2006. Creel, who is openly gay, is a regular on the LGBT RFamilyVacations cruise with Rosie O'Donnell. He is also one of the founders, with Rory O'Malley, of Broadway Impact, an organization fighting for equality and the LBGT community. He recently released his second album, a six song EP titled Quiet. Upon release, Quiet climbed the iTunes charts snagging No. 41 in albums. In addition, for the first time, Gavin entered the Billboard "Heatseekers Albums" at No. 44 with the Quiet.
Broadway Performances
2002 - Thoroughly Modern Millie as Jimmy Smith (Tony Award nomination for Best Actor)
2004 - Hair (Actors' Fund Concert)
2004 - La Cage aux Folles as Jean-Michel
2009 - Hair as Claude (Tony Award nomination for Best Actor) - Left March 7, 2010 to begin run on the West end

3) Kathy Najimy (, most recently seen on Desperate Housewives, Drop Dead Diva, Ugly Betty and the hysterical RuPauls Drag Race, as well, as Hocus Pocus and the Sister Act movies, will be performing her brand new, never-before-seen monologue. Kathy has appeared in over 20 films including a starring role in Hocus Pocus and RatRace, Hope Floats, Nevada, Cats Don’t Dance, Zack And Reba, This Is My Life, The Fisher King, Say Uncle, (best actress Philadelphia Film fest) Soapdish, and The Hard Way, and Step Up 3D, with cameo appearances in It's Pat, The Wedding Planner, Jeffrey, The Big K and Margaret Cho's: Bam Bam and Celeste, and 2 Sisters. She's currently filming My Mothers Curse with Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. Take a look at this great video from Kathy and her husband Dan Finnerty in support of Equality...

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