More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
VIDEO: Mario Lopez, Dustin Lance Black, Christian Chavez Speak Out at the GLAAD Media Awards
This past Saturday, GLAAD recognized and honored fair and accurate representation of the LGBT community during the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, presented nationally by ROKK Vodka and locally by Southwest Airlines. The Outstanding Spanish Language Music Artist Award was presented to Mexican pop star Christian Chávez by Mario Lopez. Dustin Lance Black accepted the Outstanding Documentary Award for 8: The Mormon Proposition.
Christian Chávez's groundbreaking video Libertad calls for acceptance of the LGBT community and expresses his desire to live openly as a gay man. While accepting the award, Christian acknowledged the lack of outspoken LGBT role-models during his youth and his yearning to be an inspiration for his young fans. Watch Christian's acceptance speech below.
HGTV's John Gidding and Louis Van Amstel from Dancing With the Stars presented the Outstanding Documentary Award to 8: The Mormon Proposition. Dustin Lance Black who narrated the documentary accepted the award. In his acceptance speech, he discussed the need for reconciliation between LGBT people and communities of faith and highlighted progresses made by the Mormon Church since the release of the documentary. Watch his acceptance speech below.
Award recipients included Kim Cattrall, Kara Swisher, and Focus Features’ “The Kids Are All Right” (accepted by writer/director Lisa Cholodenko).
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.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. GLAAD Media Award nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.
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