Reigning World Series champion, the San Francisco Giants, will be honored with the Corporate Leader Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco on May 11, GLAAD announced today. The Giants will become the first professional sports team to be honored by GLAAD.
In 1994, the San Francisco Giants became the first-ever professional sports team to host an HIV/AIDS benefit game, "Until There's A Cure Day." Since then, the Giants and the Giants Community Fund have repeated the effort, generating more than $1.3 million for Bay Area HIV/AIDS education, care/service organizations and international HIV/AIDS research.
The Giants were also the first major league sports team to record a video for the It Gets Better Project, a campaign devoted to bettering the lives LGBT youth. Last September, pitcher Matt Cain, the longest tenured player on the team, was photographed for the NOH8 Campaign in response to California's passing of Proposition 8, which amended the state constitution to ban marriage for same-sex couples. In October, the Giants took yet another stand in support of LGBT youth by participating in Spirit Day, GLAAD's annual anti-bullying campaign. The team also welcomed San Francisco drag icon, Donna Sachet, to sing the national anthem in 2008.
This May, the San Francisco Giants will host their 11th annual LGBT Night Out, a game that celebrates LGBT fans and their allies with proceeds going to local LGBT organizations, including the FGG (Federation of Gay Games), Team SF, and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA).
"The San Francisco Giants have taken a leadership role when it comes to equality in sports," said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz. "By being so outspoken and supportive of the community, the team and its management have put the conversation around the lack of gay players in major league sports at the forefront of sports media around the country."
GLAAD previously announced that Grammy-nominated singer Adam Lambert will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award at the San Francisco event. Additional guests for the event will be announced.
The GLAAD Media Awards in San Fransico will mark the third and final show in the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards series. This Saturday, Drew Barrymore will host the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, with special guests including Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Betty White, Scott Evans and more. Find out how you can win a trip to Los Angeles to meet Jennifer Lawrence here.
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