The final event of the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards was held last night at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. A big thank you to everyone who came out to the shows over the course of the season!
We will be posting exclusive videos from last night's event in the coming days but for now please enjoy the photos below as well as a brief account of the show.
Lee Daniels accepted the Davidson/Valentini Award at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco
Out actress Clementine Ford and her sister, Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim, presented the Golden Gate Award to their mother, actress Cybill Shepherd, in recognition of her work in advancing LGBT equality. Later in the evening, actor Jensen Atwood presented the Davidson/Valentini Award to Lee Daniels, the openly gay Academy Award-nominated director of Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire.
In her first performance at an LGBT event since coming out last month, country singer Chely Wright performed "Heavenly Days" from her latest album, Lifted Off the Ground, with acclaimed musicians Rodney Crowell and Jeremy Lister. Derrick Martin, a Georgia teenager who was kicked out of his home by his parents, and his boyfriend, Richard Goodman participated in a prom-inspired flash mob dance that also included Wilson Cruz, Nikki Blonsky, Thea Gill and Michelle Clunie. Previous GLAAD Media Award nominated singer Sam Sparro closed the show with two songs, including his Grammy-nominated single "Black and Gold."
Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday in San Francisco. Previous awards were presented in New York on March 13 and in Los Angeles on April 17. For a complete list of nominees and award recipients, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards
Golden Gate Award: Cybill Shepherd (presented by her daughters, Clementine Ford and Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim)
- Davidson/Valentini Award: Lee Daniels (presented by actor Jensen Atwood)
- Outstanding Documentary: Ask Not (PBS) [Accepted by: director Johnny Symons]
- Outstanding Digital Journalism - Multimedia: "The Stonewall Riots: 40 Years Later" (AARP.org) [Accepted by: producer David Singleton]
- San Francisco Local Hero Award: Robert Hanson (President of Levi Strauss Americas) [Accepted on his behalf by: Jeff Harlowe, Senior Vice President for Levi's Latin America Commercial Operations]
GLAAD also announced that Lady Gaga received the award for Outstanding Music Artist for her album, The Fame Monster. The GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) music artist who has increased visibility of the LGBT community and spoken out for equality via their music or media appearances. Lady Gaga has identified as bisexual in a number of interviews, spoke at last year’s National Equality March in Washington, D.C. and included LGBT images in her music videos.
To view additional photos from the event, please click here: http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/21/sf/photos