Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California, to receive Golden Gate Award at 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco presented by Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo

Rich Ferraro
Vice President of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

April 24, 2013

Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today announced that the Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, will receive the Golden Gate Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo, and presented locally by Southwest Airlines.

For more information visit http://glaad.org/mediaawards.

Gavin Newsom will receive the award at the San Francisco ceremony on May 11, 2013 at the Hilton San Francisco - Union Square.  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 community.  Previous Golden Gate honorees include Shonda Rhimes, James Schamus, Stockard Channing, and Cybill Shepherd.

GLAAD previously announced that Grammy-nominated singer Adam Lambert will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award and the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants will receive the Corporate Leader Award at the San Francisco event.  Additional guests for the event will be announced.

For more than a decade, Newsom has been a central figure in advocating for marriage equality in California and at the federal level.  In 2004, shortly after being elected Mayor of San Francisco, Newsom directed the city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of a state law banning same-sex couples from marrying.  He went on to grant marriage licenses to thousands of gay and lesbian couples, including longtime LGBT advocates Phyllis Lyon and the late Del Martin, who were in a committed relationship for more than 50 years.

In 2010, Newsom was elected the 49th Lieutenant Governor of the State of California, where he went on to speak out against Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Just recently, he attended the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on the Proposition 8 case, where he continued to voice his support for the LGBT community.

Newsom's wife, filmmaker Jennifer Lynn Siebel will present Newsom with the award.

"Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has never shied from using the platform he was given to speak out on behalf of the LGBT community and advocate for policies that move equality forward for LGBT people," said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. "At a time when more and more elected officials are siding with equality for gay and lesbian couples, GLAAD is honored to recognize Lt. Governor Newsom for his trailblazing actions and commitment to equality."

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.  The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for equality.

Nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced in January and are available here: http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/nominees.  Each year, the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco bring together more than 5,000 advocates and allies to raise critical funds for the organization's work.  The New York GLAAD Media Awards were held on March 16 at the New York Marriott Marquis.  The Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards will be held on April 20 at the JW Marriott.

The 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are executive produced by Marc Honaker, Director of Creative Development at GLAAD, and by Josh Wood, founder and president of Josh Wood Productions.  Emmy Award-winning production designer James Connelly will design this year's set.  Producer and editor Brett Henrichsen will also contribute to this year's GLAAD Media Awards.

To receive the latest updates on the GLAAD Media Awards, follow @glaad on Twitter and use the hashtag #glaadawards.

More than 100 corporate partners are showing their support, including National Presenting partners Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo, New York and Los Angeles Presenting partner Delta Air Lines, and San Francisco Presenting partner Southwest Airlines.  GLAAD is also grateful to the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Platinum Underwriter corporate partners Anheuser-Busch, Inc., NBCUniversal/Comcast, Prudential and Sheppard Mullin, as well as Underwriter corporate partners: Allstate Insurance Company, AT&T, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Caesars Foundation, Disney-ABC Television Group/ESPN, Kirkland & Ellis, New York Marriott Marquis & Renaissance Hotel, PwC and VPI Pet Insurance.  Gold Patron partners include 1800Flowers, CBS/Showtime, Citi, Viacom, and the Wasserman Foundation.

For a full list of corporate partners and information on how to become a corporate partner, purchase tickets and place a tribute in the tribute book, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards