Over 3,000 people attending the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) 14th annual National Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C. on Saturday cheered gay icon Bette Midler.

The Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress-comedian received a loud round of applause when she opened her remarks with: “I want to begin by acknowledging the one thing I know you are all thinking right now, which is: Don't I look fabulous!”

Milder presented the group's Ally for Equality Award to Grammy-winning singer Pink.

“Wherever she appears, Pink expresses her point of view,” Midler told the crowd. “One of fairness, kindness, tolerance and equality. She sets an example for all of us knowing that none of us are human until each and everyone of us is recognized fully as a human being.”

“She's just brilliant,” she added. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

In accepting the award, Pink said she doesn't want distinctions between gay and straight marriage. Last week, she announced that the video for the just-released single Raise Your Glass will be set at a gay wedding.

Pop singer Ricky Martin told the crowd that he's counting on the HRC to make the U.S. more welcoming for families like his.