HRC to Honor Bill T. Jones For Raising HIV Awareness

News   HRC to Honor Bill T. Jones For Raising HIV Awareness LGBT civil rights organization, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has announced that writer, director and choreographer Bill T. Jones will be honored with the Visibility Award for his work in bringing to light the struggles and resilience of those living with HIV.

The Tony winner will be presented with the award by HRC at the 2016 Greater New York Gala Dinner Feb. 6, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

"Bill T. Jones’ revolutionary and visionary career in the performing arts has inspired people around the world," said HRC President Chad Griffin in a press statement. "His work to boldly and beautifully capture the struggles and resilience of people living with HIV has profoundly impacted so many people’s lives and helped to raise awareness of the critical challenges so many face. We are pleased to recognize Bill T. Jones at the Greater New York Gala Dinner with this year’s HRC Visibility Award."

Jones' late partner, Arnie Zane, with whom he formed the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1982, died of AIDS-related illness in 1988.

"Like so many in our community, I have been heartened and encouraged by the fearless leadership of the Human Rights Campaign. The advances made on behalf of LGBTQ people would have been unthinkable not so long ago… Now they are fact!" said Bill T. Jones. "I am greatly moved and humbled to accept this award from this fearless and essential organization."

Among other prizes, Jones has been honored with the 2013 National Medal of Arts, a 1994 MacArthur "Genius" Award, two Tony Award wins and a Kennedy Center Honors in 2010. The Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s biggest events, attracting over 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters and members. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, visit HRCGreaterNY.org.

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