GLAAD today announced it will honor Golden State Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts at GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers at the
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At the gala, Welts will receive GLAAD’s Davidson/Valentini Award, which is presented to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. The award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD's first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini.
The award will be presented by Golden State Warriors assistant coach Jarron Collins, twin brother of Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay active player.
In 2011, Welts came out in a front-page interview with The New York Times, becoming the highest ranking executive in men’s professional team sports to publicly
“Rick Welts leveled the playing field,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Rick’s story has been an inspiration to countless LGBT athletes and sports professionals, who are now empowered to share their own stories. His leadership has changed the game for equality in sports.”
GLAAD previously announced that technology leader Google and video-sharing innovator
GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers recognizes national and Bay Area leaders advancing LGBT equality through the media and also funds GLAAD's national advocacy work to rewrite the script for LGBT equality. Special guests include Taryn Manning, Alex Newell, Tyler Oakley, Hannah Hart, Meghan McCain, and Peter Paige.
GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers is also underwritten by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. For a full list of corporate partners and information on how to become a corporate partner,