Whether or not Ricky Martin takes home the Emmy Award for his role in the miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, he will be walking away a winner five days later at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 49th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards.
The Grammy winner, philanthropist, and writer will be feted along with producer, writer, director Greg Berlanti and his producer husband Robbie Rogers and philanthropist Ariadne Getty during the September 22 event at The Beverly Hilton.
Center CEO Lorri L. Jean says the honorees “fully embody strength, compassion, and resilience.”
“They set the stage for what will be an amazing and inspiring evening,” Jean adds. “At a time when threats to the well-being of the LGBT community happen almost daily, this event will be a celebration of our collective humanity and commitment to building a world where LGBT people thrive.”
Martin founded The Ricky Martin Foundation in 2004, which is dedicated to denouncing and exposing global human trafficking. The Foundation organized The Puerto Rico Relief Fund after the catastrophic Hurricanes Irma and Maria of Puerto Rico in 2017 and has raised almost $5 million to date.
Since his first solo album release in 1991, Martin has sold more than 70 million records, toured around the world, and performed on Broadway. He acts occasionally and the Emmy nod for the Versace miniseries is the first of his more than three-decade career.
The gala comes at a particularly busy time for Berlanti and Rogers, who were married last year and are raising a son, who was born in 2016.
Berlanti directed this year’s hit gay-themed romantic comedy Love, Simon and is poised to make television history with a total of 14 scripted series on the air at the same time. Among them are The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and the recently announced Batwoman series, which will star out actress Ruby Rose.
Rogers is producing the new series All American which will premiere on The CW in October. It’s a new career for the recently retired pro soccer player who made history as the first openly gay male athlete to compete in a top North American professional sports league as a member of Los Angeles Galaxy.
“I really enjoyed and was happy with my (soccer) career and I was really happy Greg got to come to come so many games along with my family and our son,” Rogers recently told Vanguard Blog. “I accomplished just what I wanted to.”
Rogers also represented the U.S. Olympic Team in Beijing in 2008, published his memoir Coming Out to Play in 2014, and was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Fellow honoree Getty has been dedicated to serving disenfranchised populations during a lifetime of philanthropy. She is president and executive director of the Ariadne Getty Foundation, which since 2004 has partnered with nonprofit organizations worldwide to improve the lives of individuals and communities through large-scale investments and social activism.
Getty is also a member of GLAAD’s board of directors and is dedicated to inspiring and motivating others to better understand and accept the LGBTQ community.
Previous Vanguard honorees include Miley Cyrus, Jane Fonda, Elton John, George and Brad Takei, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, Wanda Sykes, and Lily Tomlin.
The Center’s Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards brings together more than 1,200 of the region’s most important leaders and influencers in the civic, corporate, entertainment, and philanthropic communities. This year’s gala is co-chaired by Center Board member Michael Lombardo and longtime Center supporter Kathy Kloves with fellow committee members Karim Abay, Tess Ayers, and LuAnn Boylan.
Diamond Sponsors are Audi of America and Wells Fargo while Platinum Sponsors are Tito’s Handmade Vodka and U.S. Bank. Gold Sponsors are BCG Digital Ventures, Barry McCabe, Citi Private Bank, Comcast NBCUniversal, Gilead, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, LabCorp, and Southern California Gas Company. The Preferred Airline Partner is American Airlines.