Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom was presented with the Golden Gate Award by his wife, filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom tonight at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Hilton - Union Square in San Francisco, presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo, and locally by Southwest Airlines. For more than a decade, Newsom has been a leading figure in advocating for marriage equality both in California and at the federal level. The Golden Gate Award is presented to those who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Photos and videos are available at www.glaad.org/mediaawards/recap.
International pop icon Mel B (Melanie Brown) presented Adam Lambert with the Davidson/Valentini Award. Lambert became the first out LGBT artist to reach number one on the Billboard 200 with the release of his 2012 album Trespassing and he has used his status to help advance equality and raise visibility of the LGBT community. The Davidson/Valentini Award is presented to an out LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.
The San Francisco Giants were presented with the Corporate Leader Award. The Giants are the first professional sports team honored by GLAAD. They were the first ever professional sports team to host an HIV/AIDS benefit game in 1994 and have generated more than $1.3 million for Bay Area HIV/AIDS education. The Giants were also the first major league sports team to record a video for the It Gets Better project and this month will hold their 11th Annual LGBT Night Out.
Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday in San Francisco:
- Golden Gate Award: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
- Davidson/Valentini Award: Adam Lambert
- Corporate Leader Award: San Francisco Giants
- Outstanding Film - Limited Release: Any Day Now (Music Box Films)
- Outstanding Comic Book: Kevin Keller (Archie Comics)
- Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Why Aren't We Fighting for CeCe McDonald?" by Marc Lamont Hill (Ebony.com)
- Outstanding Music Artist: TIE: Adam Lambert, Trespassing (19 Recordings, RCA Records) and Frank Ocean, Channel Orange (Def Jam)
- Outstanding Digital Journalism - Multimedia: "Edie Takes on DOMA" In the Life (ITLMedia.org)
- Outstanding Blog: Rod 2.0
- Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "En el cuerpo equivocado" Noticias 19 (KUVS TV-19 [Sacramento, Calif.])
GLAAD also presented Special Recognition Awards to Kevin McClatchy, former owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team who came out in a New York Times article last year, and Brittney Griner, an out basketball player and this year's number one draft pick for the WNBA.
Guests included: Melanie Brown (America's Got Talent, Spice Girls); Tamala Jones (Castle); Guillermo Diaz (Scandal); Jessica Clark (True Blood); Jinkx Monsoon (RuPaul's Drag Race); Rex Lee (Suburgatory); Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Peter Paige (The Fosters); Jaymes Vaughn, James Davis (The Amazing Race); Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills); Jennifer Biesty, Ryan Scott, Josie Smith-Malave (Top Chef); Laverne Cox, E.J. Bonilla (Musical Chairs); Travis Fine, Isaac Leyva (Any Day Now); Dan Parent (writer, artist Kevin Keller); Marc Lamont Hill (HuffPost Live); Prop 8 plaintiffs Jeff Zarrillo, Paul Katami, Kris Perry, Sandra Stier; LGBT advocates Karen and Eric Andresen, Shane Bitney Crone, Jennifer Tyrrell and Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler; former Pittsburgh Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy; number one WNBA draft pick Brittney Griner; GLAAD National Spokespersons Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr..
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, 2012 and December 31, 2012.
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