President Obama is set to keynote the annual dinner for the Human Rights Campaign in the wake of the end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
On Wednesday, HRC announced that Obama would speak before an anticipated 3,000 attendees at the organization’s 15th Annual National Dinner on Oct. 1 in D.C. The event will take place at the Washington Convention Center.
“We are honored to share this night with President Obama who has a tremendous record of accomplishment for LGBT people,” Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said. “On the heels of the end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ we look forward to celebrating our victories and redoubling our efforts for the fights that remain ahead.”
It isn’t the first time Obama — or a sitting U.S. President — spoke at the HRC dinner. Obama previously spoke at the dinner in 2009. In 1997, then-President Bill Clinton gave the keynote address.