HBO's Michael Lombardo Earns HRC Honor

Courtesy of HBO

For his efforts to advance LGBT equality.

HBO's Michael Lombardo will be honored in March by the Human Rights Campaign for his efforts to advance LGBT equality.

The programming president will be honored at the 2015 Los Angeles Gala Dinner on Saturday, March 14, with this year's HRC Visibility Award.

"Very few people have done more to advance equality than Michael, and I'm lucky to call him a good friend,” HRC president Chad Griffin said. “To Michael, LGBT equality isn't just something you vote for or a principle you bring to the workplace, it's a personal value that you live out every day. In fact, it was his incredible family — Michael, his husband Sonny, and their two children — who played a role in inspiring vice president Joe Biden to announce his support for marriage equality in 2012. Michael couldn't be more deserving of this award, and HRC couldn't be more excited to celebrate his contributions.”

Lombardo oversees all of HBO and sibling network Cinemax's original programming, including LGBT-themed entries Looking and The Normal Heart as well as Game of Thrones, Girls and original mvoies like The Case Against 8. He's been a longtime advocate for the LGBT community.

As previously announced, Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer behind ABC's TGIT lineup of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder, will also be honored with this year’s Ally for Equality Award.

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