Max Adler and Grant Gustin took the stage at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday to introduce Tim, Tracy and Alyssa Rodemeyer, the family of Jamey Rodemeyer, who died by suicide last September.
Watch their heartfelt remarks below:
On stage, Jamey’s mom, Tracy, spoke about carrying on her son’s message. “I couldn’t believe in his 14 and a half short years that I truly believe that he taught me more than I ever taught him. We always preached [to] treat everyone equal, again, celebrate everyone’s differences, respect everyone’s differences, and in the end he is the one that taught me and my family so very much.”
While at the event, Max and Grant also showed support for Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell’s Change.org petition calling on the Boy Scouts of America to allow LGBT scouts and scout leaders. Tyrrell was booted from her post as scout leader earlier this month because she's gay. So far, over 110,000 people have joined Tyrrell's action.
Other attendees included Cher, Jason Mraz, Max Adler, Chaz Bono, Mary Bono Mack, Tabatha Coffey, Benicio Del Toro, Ellen DeGeneres, Mark Deklin, Trevor Donovan, Reza Farahan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sara Gilbert, Kat Graham, Grant Gustin, Madison Hildebrand, Perez Hilton, Joshua Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Gilles Marini, Kyle Richards, Molly Shannon, Miriam Shor, Lisa Vanderpump, Kim Wayans, Betty White, Marissa Jaret Winokur and dozens of others.
On June 3 Glee’s Dianna Agron will voice her support for equality by hosting the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco. Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere will offer a special performance at the event, where Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal) will receive the Golden Gate Award, and Facebook will also be honored. For ticket information, click here.
The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented nationally by Ketel One and Wells Fargo, and presented locally in Los Angeles by Delta Air Lines. Southwest Airlines is the local presenting partner of San Francisco.