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: Russell Simmons & LaLa Anthony Present Award to Pariah at the #glaadawards in NYC
Russell Simmons and LaLa Anthony took the stage to present Outstanding Film – Limited Release at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Before announcing the nominees, both Simmons and Anthony took action and voiced their support and solidarity. Simmons reminded everyone, “The rights you take for granted and for yourself are only good if you fight for those same rights for others.” Anthony directed her passion to the young adults at the show stating, “You are good enough. You guys are my heroes.”
The award was presented to Pariah. Nekisa Cooper, Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans accepted the award on stage together. Cooper, the film’s producer, was humbled by the honor in her acceptance speech. Cooper also thanked the other nominees for telling these important stories.
The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York were hosted by Glee co-stars Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera, who, along with John Stamos, auctioned off kisses to three lucky attendees. Check out the video of the auction below.
On April 21 Valerie Bertinelli, Ellen DeGeneres, Fran Drescher, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Hutcherson, Ali Larter, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Gilles Marini, Anna Paquin, Molly Shannon, Kim Wayans and Betty White will voice their support for equality by attending the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. On June 2, another Glee star, Dianna Agron, will be taking center stage by hosting the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco. For ticket information, click here.
The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York were presented nationally by Ketel One and Wells Fargo, and presented locally in New York by Delta Air Lines and Prudential. Delta Air Lines is the local presenting partner in Los Angeles. Southwest is the local presenting partner of San Francisco.