Standing Up for Equal Rights

Mario Caballero, CEO of Extraordinary Conceptions, attends HRC Los Angeles 2016 Gala with his wife Stephanie.

For more than a decade, Extraordinary Conceptions has worked both compassionately and diligently to help build families around the world through the help of egg donation and surrogacy. While helping couples who have battled the heartache of infertility, Extraordinary Conceptions has also helped same-sex couples achieve their parenthood dreams. By giving people regardless of gender, disability, marital status or sexual orientation the opportunity to experience the love of a child, Extraordinary Conceptions has stood up for equality so families could be created all over the world.

With such a mission, it was only natural that Extraordinary Conceptions would be drawn to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), best described as the largest civil rights organization in the nation. To date, HRC has 1.5 million members who support their quest for a better America.

Recently Extraordinary Conceptions took part in the HRC Los Angeles 2016 Gala at the JW Marriott. Representing Extraordinary Conceptions was Mario Caballero who serves as chief executive officer.

The turnout was tremendous with more than 1,000 guests that consisted of members and friends. Above all, it united a group of like-minded people who believed in HRC and supported them with every stride they are making in the equal rights movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

The evening was remarkable and was punctuated by powerful guest speakers and presentations. Guests took pause with the potent words delivered, and many walked away with those words still resonating even days after the gala.

Hearing Chad Griffin, the president of HRC speak, was an incredible experience.

Since the gala, Griffin is keeping members and supporters apprised with updates via email. Currently HRC is in a battle to reverse a “transphobic bill” which was passed in North Carolina and is working relentlessly to stop the passage of House Bill 1523 also known as the “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act.” HRC is one of many groups to rally against this bill and all are hoping that the adage of “strength in numbers” will prove to be victorious.

While the 2016 Gala offered “hope and empowerment,” the emotional momentum from that evening needs to be pushed forward so HRC’s mission of envisioning “…a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community,” can come true once and for all.