During last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, Adam Lambert was honored with the organization’s prestigious Davidson/Valentini Award. An award presented to an out LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. The American Idol runner-up became the first out LGBT artist to reach number one on the Billboard 200 with the release of his 2012 album Trespassing. Mel B was on hand to present the award to Glambert.
The 31-year-old also picked up another award during the event. He tied with Frank Ocean in the category of Outstanding Musical Artist category. Other honorees include Archie Comics‘ Kevin Keller and the San Francisco Giants. The baseball team is the first professional sports organization honored by GLAAD. They were the first ever professional sports team to host an HIV/AIDS benefit game in 1994 and first major league sports team to record a video for the It Gets Better project.
Joining in on the festivities were Jinkx Monsoon (RuPaul’s Drag Race); Rex Lee (Suburgatory); Jaymes Vaughn, James Davis (The Amazing Race); Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills); Tamala Jones (Castle); Guillermo Diaz (Scandal) and Jessica Clark (True Blood) to name a few. Check out Adam’s speech below along with the rest of the winners.
Yesterday, I posted about the winners at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards along with former President Bill Clinton’s speech. Today, GLAAD uploaded a few more videos from the star-studded event that took place at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live on Saturday, April 20.
We have Darren Criss singing “Call Me Maybe.” Before you release a collective huge groan, the Glee star performs it differently. He does it with the “original lyrics” which happen to include Prop 8, DOMA, same-sex adoption and all kinds of LGBT references. I’m curious to know why GLAAD didn’t share Kelly Rowland’s performance with us.
Next we have Chris Evans joining his openly-gay brother Scott and their mother at the podium. The family banters back and forth about familial matters. It’s cute to see the Evans brothers interact.
For the event, both Betty White and Alex Pettyfer auctioned off kisses to the highest bidder. I wonder which attendee scored a chance to plant a big wet one on the Magic Mike star. Lucky mofo. As much as you’d think Alex was the main draw, it would seem that White was the one most desired. Not only did Pettyfer steal a kiss from her, but Cloris Leachman as well. She burst onto the stage trying to tongue the Hot In Cleveland actress.
Check out all the aforementioned videos, along with clips of Harvey Weinstein and Jennifer Lawrence introducing Bill Clinton and Drew Barrymore kicking the event off.
The 2013 GLAAD Media Awards took place on Saturday (April 20) in Los Angeles. Drew Barrymore hosted the event at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live which featured a performance by Kelly Rowland.
On hand for the annual event were Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Matt Dallas with his fiance Blue Hamilton, Darren Criss, Alex Pettyfer who gave Betty White a smooch, Chris Evans with his gay brother Scott and many more including Jennifer Lawrence who debuted a brand new hairstyle. The Silver Linings Playbook actress was there to present the inaugural Advocate for Change Award to Bill Clinton for his work campaigning to legalize same-sex marriage.
“I want to keep working on this until not only DOMA is no longer the law of the land, but until all people, no matter where they live, can marry the people they love. I believe you will win the DOMA fight, and I think you will win the Constitutional right to marry. If not tomorrow, then the next day or the next day.” – Bill Clinton
In 1996, the ex-president signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as a partnership only between a man and a woman. In recent years, he’s changed his stance and campaigned heavily against anti-gay legislation proposed in various states. He credits his daughter Chelsea and her gay friends for seeing the way. Others honored last night include The New Normal, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Days of Our Lives. Check out all the winners, Clinton’s speech and a few more photos below.
Now that he’s officially an out and proud homosexual, Anderson Cooper will be honored at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on March 16. The organization is awarding their prestigious Vito Russo Award to the 45-year-old journalist. Named after one of it’s founding members, the Vito Russo Award goes to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. Recent winners include Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (2012), Ricky Martin (2011) and Cynthia Nixon (2010).
On hand to present Anderson with the honor is none other than Madonna herself. GLAAD President Herndon Graddick says Madonna and Cooper are longtime friends who have both used their careers to support lesbian, gay and transgender people.
“From speaking out against bullying to raising support for marriage equality, Madonna has always been one of our community’s strongest allies. We are honored to have her stand with GLAAD and Anderson Cooper,” said Graddick.”
As you recall, Cooper declined for many years to speak publicly about his sexuality. Last July, he gave permission to publish an email to blogger Andrew Sullivan. In the correspondence, the CNN reporter declared he was gay and “couldn’t be more happy.” A few months later, Anderson discussed his “coming out” on his daytime talk show.
This morning, the nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were released, putting a spotlight on an amazing year for LGBT stories in the media. Everything from television, movies, TV movies, articles, comics, magazines, news reports, blogs, music, theater and more are recognized for their achievements and/or notable contributions to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
Among the nominees are television comedies like The New Normal, Happy Endings, and Glee as well as dramas like The L.A. Complex, Smash, and True Blood. In music, Adam Lambert and Scissor Sisters are both nominated for their albums this year, while in movies, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are among the nominees.
The GLAAD Media Awards will be held in three locations: March 16 in New York, April 20 in Los Angeles, and May 11 in San Francisco. Stay tuned for the attendee lists for those events in the near future. Check out the list of nominations below. Congratulations to all of the nominees!
You MUST watch this video of an amazing Ohio mom named Jennifer Tyrrell calling for the Boy Scouts to reinstate her as a scout leader. A couple weeks ago, she was ousted from being her 7 year-old son’s leader because she is gay.
GLAAD invited her to their awards show this past weekend to share her story. She hadn’t even been on a plane before. She stood in front of the audience and delivered a very emotional speech, with her partner Alicia Burns and their four children by her side. She also talked about that fact that she started a Change.org petition (http://change.org/scouts) that has over 115K+ signatures already. Please be sure to join in on that.
“I’m not a distraction. Alicia is not a distraction. We are moms. And we’re Americans. My son and the other boys in the pack are becoming leaders and that has nothing to do with my sexual orientation,” said Tyrrell. Watch her speech below.
Ever wanted to kiss John Stamos? If so, you could’ve had the honor at this past weekend’s GLAAD Awards in New York City. Patrick first wrote about the man smooch in his recap of the awards the other day, but I’ve got the video of Stamos locking lips. Here’s a little backstory on how and why it went down.
“Glee” stars Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera were co-hosting the event and decided to auction off a kiss for charity. Monteith told the audience “I have kissed Naya and it is fricken’ awesome,” while Rivera stayed true to her Santana character and did some smack talking. She taunted, “It’s officially a kiss-off between my juicy lips and his thin ones.” OH, SNAP.
John Stamos wasn’t initially part of the auction. He was in the audience and actually bidding for Monteith’s services. As the crowd cheered and hollered, Stamos decided to go on stage and decided to donate his lips for the impromptu fundraiser as well. All three fetched $5,000 for the opportunity to taste their luscious lips. Both Stamos and Rivera’s winners were both male, while Monteith’s smoocher was “Smash” star Megan Hilty.
Watch the clip of all three locking lips below. The best part is when Stamos motions his winning bidder over and tells him to come to “Uncle Jesse“. It’s so wrong, but yet so hot… don’t you think?
With gay and lesbian characters well represented on “Glee“, it’s a no-brainer that GLAAD loves the show. Based on the organization’s selection of hosts for its annual awards ceremonies, it’s clear they LURVE the musical dramedy. Not only is one or two taking on emcee duties, but rather three cast members are officiating the 2012 Awards. Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera were the trio chosen for hosting honors by GLAAD.
Agron will host the San Francisco awards, while Rivera and Monteith share the task for the New York City one. This isn’t Rivera’s first time at the rodeo. Last year, she hosted the Frisco date. As of yet, the Los Angeles date doesn’t have a host. Anyone want to make bets that it’ll be another “Glee” actor? We were lucky enough to attend the LA event last year. Both Patrick and Tyrell covered the red carpet, with Alex, Brian and myself joining them later for the after party.
Joining Cory and Naya in attendance in New York will be Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore), Megan Hilty (Smash), Jay Manuel (ANTM), Wendy Williams, Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef) and Carson Kressley (Queer Eye For The Straight Guy) to name a few. Over in Los Angeles, the event welcomes a star studded group including Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Ellen DeGeneres, Fran Drescher (The Nanny) and Betty White will all her “Hot In Cleveland” co-stars, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli. Meanwhile, Shonda Rimes (Grey’s Anatomy) is the sole celebrity so far confirmed for the San Francisco date. For more information on all three dates, head over to http://www.glaad.org/ for more info and to purchase tickets.