CHICAGO ( September 19, 2014 ) — The Human Rights Campaign has announced that Sophia Bush, star of NBC’s hit drama “Chicago PD,” will deliver a speech at the 2014 Chicago Gala Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, Sept. 27.
“Sophia is a longtime ally of the LGBT community here in Chicago and across the country,” said HRC Chicago Gala co-chair Pete Cassell. “We are proud that she will be a part of HRC Chicago’s celebration of equality.”
While enjoying a thriving acting career that includes starring roles in the popular television series “One Tree Hill” and the remake of the classic horror film “The Hitcher,” Bush has also received accolades for spearheading some of the most unique philanthropic efforts in the country. HRC recognized Bush as an Ally for Equality for her equal rights advocacy in 2013. As a partner in Crowdwise.com, she works towards making philanthropic engagement the coolest way to be social on the Internet. Most recently, Bush partnered with HRC to design an exclusive limited edition t-shirt for retailer Joe Fresh to raise awareness for LGBT equality.
Bush will join nearly 700 attendees at the Fairmont Millennium Park, including HRC president Chad Griffin. The annual HRC Chicago Gala Dinner and Silent Auction is one of the largest LGBT fundraising events in the Midwest.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the 2014 HRC Chicago Gala, please visit www.hrcchicago.org.
Source: Windy City Media Group
Actors Sophia Bush, Caitlin Crosby and Marlon Wayans are among this year’s honorees in the Social 25 as part of the upcoming Social Media Week Los Angeles conference and other festivities. They join Endemol Beyond USA President Will Keenan; Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind of All Def Digital; Beats founders Jimmy Iovine, Doctor Dre and Ian Rogers; Danny Gabai of Vice Media; and YouTubers Grace Helbig, DJ Skee; the Fine Brothers (Kids React), Beatriz Acevedo of online network MiTu; Jonathan Skogmo of Jukin Media; the 26MGMT management company and Meridith Rojas of live-event company Digitour on the list.
The L.A.-based list recognizes the year’s “25 most outstanding individuals, companies, and brands influencing the future of social media.” Honorees will be part of an event Sept. 22, opening night of Social Media Week Los Angeles.
Sophia Bush(Chicago P.D., One Tree Hill) has been an online activist for a wide range of political and social causes, using social media to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina among much else. Her heavy social-media presence has also helped drive Chicago P.D. audience awareness and engagement, so much so that NBC executives say the show is one of the network’s most active and successful on social media.
Crosby, an actress and singer, is being recognized for her work with TheGivingKeys.com, which employs homeless people seeking to stabilize their lives and find permanent homes.
Weird Al Yankovic Emmys 2014Other honorees on the list include: Matt Pohlson and Ryan Cummins of charity Omaze (they did the Star Wars Force for Change campaign); Sean Rad of Hollywood’s favorite hook-up app, Tinder; Jim Redner of virtual-reality company Oculus Rift (which sold for $2 billion this year to Facebook); Jonathan Shokrian of online retailer MeUndies; author and speaker Marianne Williamson; and musician (and Emmy performer) ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, whose social-media-driven latest album was the biggest in his decades-long career as a parodist.
The list also includes chef, author and starter of the food-truck revolution Roy Choi; Tony Horton of Beachbody Fitness (the P90X fitness empire); Bastian Lehmann of “Uber of stuff” site Postmates; Jason Nazar, CEO of small-business documents company Docstoc; and Abhi Nemani, the city of Los Angeles Chief Data Officer.
The list was curated by Drew Baldwin of Tubefilter and Shira Lazar of What’s Trending. The awards reception has kicked off Social Media Week LA the past several years. Along with attending the VIP event, some of the honorees will serve as keynote speakers or panelists during the four-day SMWLA conference at Santa Monica’s Broad Theater.
Sophia collaborated with Canadian Designer Joe Fresh in a Human Rights Campaign. You can see the campaign and the clothes she helped designing at the Official Joe Fresh Website. 100% of all the proceeds from the exclusive tee will go to the Human Rights Campaign I’ve added photos of her campaign shoot to the gallery and you check out the interview below! She looks very beautiful and I love the white T-Shirt! What do you think of the clothes?
The Message: Love should never be divided and all kisses are created equal.
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Sophia Bush is a role model to so many young women around the world. In addition to being a great actress, Sophia’s also an activist, inspiring her fans to get involved in their communities. Sophia supports many nobel causes and often takes to Twitter to encourage people to stay informed.
Over the weekend, Sophia’s hard work was recognized as she was honored at National Women’s History Museum and Glamour Magazine’s Women Making History Event. We were lucky enough to talk to Sophia about the event, plus she spilled some secrets about Chicago P.D.‘s upcoming season! She even talks about hanging out with Lady Gaga’s dog! See what Sophia had to say in the interview below!
Sophia is known for taking a stand and fighting for what she believes in, and we were glad to see that she was being honored for her achievements. When we spoke with Sophia, we had to ask her how it felt to be honored at the event. Sophia told us, “To get the call and find out I was being given an award today was incredibly surreal. I spend my life talking to women and reminding them of their worth and their potential and through those conversations they do the same for me. To realize that people are paying attention to the things that I sometimes think that I’m doing by myself on my computer late at night is amazing.” We’re definitely paying attention Sophia!
Since so many young girls look up to Sophia, we wanted to know what advice she would have for those girls if she could go around to high schools and talk to them. Sophia said, “I do actually, I speak at quite a few schools and we run a lot of really amazing local chapter programs through ‘I Am That Girl.’ Our whole mission is to get girls to be in love and express who they are, because who they are is enough. They don’t need to be anything else and the world forgets to tell us that, so we really need to tell each other, we need to be each other’s support system.” So true!
We couldn’t let Sophia go without asking her about Chicago P.D.’s upcoming season. Sophia revealed to us, “A lot of really exciting things are going on. You’ll learn a lot more about where Lindsay comes from, you’ll meet her mother, which is just as shocking to her as it will be to the audience.”
On the show, Sophia’s character Detective Lindsay has two love interests. One being her co-worker, Detective Halstead, played by Jesse Lee Soffer, and the other being Chicago Fire’s Kelly Severide, played by Taylor Kinney. When we asked Sophia about the love triangle she told us, “They really enjoy this toggling between the two guys. But they’re both super handsome and strong, so I’m not upset about it. I’m like ‘Oh I have to hug this one today? Okay!’’’ We told Sophia we were fine with seeing her character with either guy and she said, “You know what? Me too! When I work with Taylor I get to play with (Lady) Gaga’s dog, who I’m obsessed with. And you know working with Jesse is also amazing so I have no complaints.” Fun fact: Taylor Kinney is dating Lady Gaga, which is why Sophia gets to play with her dog! So cool!
Be sure to check out Chicago P.D. when it returns on Sept. 24 at 10/9c on NBC!
Amidst the Emmy weekend soirées, Norman Lear, Kate Walsh, and Tichina Arnold gathered to celebrate the importance of females in media at the 3rd annual Women Making History program Saturday afternoon at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Hosted by Devious Maids stars Brianna Brown and Ana Ortiz, the brunch celebrated the accomplishments of actress Sophia Bush, International Speedway Corporation CEO and NASCAR executive vice president Lesa France Kennedy and Academy Award, Golden Globe and WGA award-winning writer Callie Khouri.
Bush, currently stars as a female detective in Chicago PD, is also an active philanthropist who has raised over $400,000 on Crowdrise.com and serves as a board member for Pencils of Promise. Looking back on how she’s grown since her One Tree Hill days, Bush says she knows all women struggle with the feeling that they might not be accepted.
“When I think about what I wish I could say to my younger self and what I really try to say to women every day, it’s that you’re enough,” Bush told THR. “You don’t have to do any more and you don’t have to make yourself into something someone else wants you to be or that you think would be more appreciated.”
Bush also noted that Nashville actress Connie Britton is one of her female role models.
“It’s surreal. Sometimes we’re sitting having a meal and I think holy shit how did this happen,” said Bush. “She’s able to do so many things to challenge people without making people feel criticized. She’s the dream.”
Actress and newest Grey’s Anatomy guest star Geena Davis presented to her Thelma and Louise screenwriter Khouri.
“She’s a revolutionary,” said Davis on working with Khouri who is also the creator and executive producer of Nashville. “She creates characters that are in charge of their own fate to the bitter end. Female characters who are in charge of themselves.”
Producer David Hill presented to Kennedy who praised her mother and grandmother for being the backbone behind her grandfather as he built NASCAR.
“She had a number of tricks,” said Kennedy of her grandmother. “She had two sets of books for financial records. One was the accurate set and the other one was the one she showed my grandfather. If he had known there was any money in the bank I would not be standing here today. No way.”
Paula Abdul, Rizzoli & Isles actress Sharon Lawrence and Maria Bello were also in attendance. Many influential women such as Maya Angelou and Hilary Clinton were mentioned throughout the program, but Abdul told THR she admires the wisdom of Whoopi Goldberg.
“A fun fact that no one knows is that there was a point in time that I briefly was a roommate with Whoopi Goldberg so she’s incredible,” Abdul told THR.” She was on her way and I was transitioning from being a choreographer into pop music. She’s always been incredible and I’ve always looked up to her.”
The National Women’s History Museum aims to empower women by having women’s narratives represented in a museum on the National Mall. The non-profit organization has received support from Shonda Rhimes, Meryl Streep and Frances Fisher.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter