Today, GLAAD announced that Kim Cattrall will receive the Golden Gate Award at the GLAAD Media Awards presented by ROKK Vodka in San Francisco on May 14, hosted by ‘Glee’s’ Naya Rivera.
Other honorees will include tech writer Kara Swisher and AT&T at the event hosted locally by Southwest.
News of the honors broke this morning at Advocate.com and comes just a day after GLAAD called on a Houston FOX affiliate to apologize for disparaging a recent episode of 'Glee.'
In her Golden Globe-winning role as Samantha Jones on HBO’s “Sex and the City,” Cattrall became a pop-culture icon who showed fans across the world that there’s nothing wrong with being who you are – especially when it comes to love. “Sex and the City” broke barriers for LGBT actors, characters and storylines, and Cattrall brought brilliant life and nuance to Samantha’s lesbian relationship with her girlfriend Maria – one of the few relationships Samantha took seriously. Additionally, Cattrall has spoken out publicly in support of marriage equality, and was featured on the cover of The Advocate in May 2008.
Tech writer Kara Swisher has covered the intersection of technology and LGBT issues for over a decade. In her Huffington Post series, “The Louie Chronicles,” Swisher fearlessly confronts the challenges facing her, her partner, their young son and LGBT people across the country. Through her column “BoomTown,” Swisher has also addressed such issues as anti-LGBT bullying, marriage equality and California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 ballot initiative.
Special guests at the event will include Mario Lopez, Sara Ramirez, Dustin Lance Black, Nelsan Ellis, Lisa Cholodenko and Gbenga Akinnagbe, among others.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.
Previous events were held in Los Angeles and New York, where GLAAD honored Ricky Martin, Kristin Chenoweth, Russell Simmons, Robert Greenblatt, “30 Rock,” “Glee,” “Modern Family” and “True Blood” among others.
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