Ryan Murphy is an Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody® Award-winning screenwriter, producer and director. He created the groundbreaking television drama Nip/Tuck, which won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series in 2005 and ran for six seasons. He also created the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Series Glee, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning anthology series American Horror Story and American Crime Story, Emmy-winning anthology series FEUD, Scream Queens and 9-1-1. His latest FX series Pose has made history by featuring the largest transgender series regular cast and the largest LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted series. On stage, he most recently teamed up with David Stone to produce the Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band, starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells. Murphy wrote and directed the Golden Globe-nominated film Running with Scissors, starring Annette Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow, and the box office hit Eat, Pray, Love, starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. In 2014, he directed the HBO movie The Normal Heart, which received Emmy and Golden Globe awards including the Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie.
James Baldwin is a LGBTQ and civil rights hero, author & activist. His writing was groundbreaking and crucial, but his politics were revolutionary, too. He knew that the progress of our country depended on the acknowledgment of ALL its people, black or white, gay or straight, rich or poor. Today, his words resonate more than ever. Baldwin's life was recently celebrated in the award-winning documentary, I Am Not Your Negro. Countless artists from Frank Ocean to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys have cited Baldwin and his literary work as inspirations to them.
The ACLU has fought on behalf of civil rights since it formed in 1920 as a measure to protect free speech. To honor the ACLU, we will highlight landmark cases across multiple moments using multiple video packages and onstage presenter moments to tell the story of the ACLU's unwavering support of underrepresented groups in America, from women to African Americans, from LGBTQ people to undocumented immigrants. Since 2016, the ACLU has become the leading force in the fight against the Trump administration's efforts to block rights to those most vulnerable in society. Executive Director, Anthony Romero will be at the event to accept the honor on behalf of the ACLU.
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
Since the 2012 death of their son, Trayvon Martin, in a violent confrontation, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have committed their life to transforming tragedy into change. Despite the devastating loss, Fulton and Martin channel their heartache into the strength needed to elicit positive change. Fulton, Martin, and their son Jahvaris created The Trayvon Martin Foundation out of a need to bring awareness to ending senseless gun violence. By sharing their personal and powerful stories, they have encouraged diverse audiences – from colleges and legal professionals, to community and family organizations – to become more educated on ways to keep their loved ones safe and empower themselves to become catalysts for social change.