President Clinton Speaks Out Against DOMA; Accepts Advocate for Change Award, Presented by Chelsea Clinton at 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Presented by Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo

Kelly Striewski, BWR, 310-248-6100,  kstriewski@bwr-la.com

Rich Ferraro, GLAAD, (646) 871-8011, ferraro@glaad.org

April 21, 2013

Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2013 - GLAAD honored former President Bill Clinton, entertainment attorney Steve Warren, and the best in film and television last night at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.  Actress Drew Barrymore hosted the event.  Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Tobey Maguire, Betty White, Chris Evans, Matt Bomer, Kelly Rowland, Darren Criss, Cloris Leachman, Chaz Bono and Beth Ditto were among the special guests.

Photographs from the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles may be found immediately at www.wireimage.com or www.glaad.org/mediaawards.  Video clips of the ceremonies may be found at www.youtube.com/glaad.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.  The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.

At the ceremony, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and Harvey Weinstein introduced former President Bill Clinton who received the inaugural Advocate for Change Award from his daughter Chelsea Clinton.

In accepting the award, President Clinton called for the end of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" or DOMA:  "I'm very honored to join with Edie Windsor […] and with so many others, including President Obama and Vice President Biden, the whole Obama administration, urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.  I want to keep working on this until not only DOMA is no longer the law of the land but until all people no matter where they live can marry the people they love."

President Clinton continued, "I want to thank GLAAD for the award and congratulate the other honorees […] I think that the staff, the board of directors, and the most active supporters of GLAAD deserve the award I'm getting because they are the real agents of change.  They had this idea, a long time ago, GLAAD did -- there would be a lot of people lobbying Congress, but somebody ought to be personalizing and humanizing these issues for the LGBT community.  They actually believed you could reach a human heart.  They actually believed that people could think and feel differently."

Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to entertainment attorney Steve Warren.  During his acceptance speech, Warren called on the Supreme Court Justices to join the majority of Americans in supporting full equality for all couples:  "Four weeks ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy remarked that the court is heading into uncharted waters. It can lead to a wonderful destination, he said, or to a cliff.  I almost wept when I heard these words.  They are so true.  In fact, all of us in the LGBT community have been living our entire lives in uncharted waters.  Each time one of us comes out, each time we commit our love, whether privately or publicly, each time we decide to create our own families with children and partners of our own, we plunge head first into those waters and it can be terrifying.  But those waters have been calmed and made more welcoming over the past fifty years with greater and greater effectiveness by the work of organizations like GLAAD."

GLAAD also presented an award to GLAAD co-founder Dean Hansell, who spoke about the organization's early efforts to change the way LGBT people are portrayed in the media.

Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of The New Normal, accepted the award for Outstanding Comedy Series with cast members Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, and Jayson Blair.  Murphy also accepted the trophy for American Horror Story: Asylum which received the nod for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series.  Writer, director Stephen Chbosky accepted the award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release for his film The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  He was joined by cast members Logan Lerman, Johnny Simmons, and Mae Whitman.  Raising Hope received the award for Outstanding Individual Episode for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Me What to Do."  The award for Outstanding Daily Drama went to Days of Our Lives for the second consecutive year.

Actress Drew Barrymore hosted the event.  The capacity crowd enjoyed performances by Kelly Rowland and Glee's Darren Criss.  Guests include:  Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby); Charlize Theron (Snow White and the Huntsman); Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games); Betty White (Hot in Cleveland); brothers Chris Evans (The Avengers) & Scott Evans (Behaving Badly); Tobey Maguire (The Great Gatsby); Alex Pettyfer (The Butler); Elle Fanning (Ginger & Rosa); Logan Lerman, Johnny Simmons, Mae Whitman, Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Beth Ditto (Gossip); Kirsten Dunst (On the Road); Naya Rivera, Alex Newell (Glee); Matt Bomer (White Collar); Sara Ramirez, Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy); Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, Jayson Blair (The New Normal); Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope); Ted Danson (CSI) and Mary Steenburgen (30 Rock); Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time); Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart; Ioan Guffudd and Alice Evans; Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur; Sara Gilbert (The Talk) and musician Linda Perry; Molly Shannon (Enlightened); Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries); Trevor Donovan (90210); Thomas Roberts (MSNBC); author and advocate Chaz Bono; Kori Boccumini, Cori McGinn (The Real L Word); Avan Jogia (Twisted); Maria Menounos (Extra); Jane Espenson, Brad Bell (Husbands); LGBT advocates Zach Wahls and Jennifer Tyrrell; GLAAD National Spokespersons, Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr..

This year, over 200 youth were able to attend the event at no cost through the Young Adults at the GLAAD Media Awards program.  The Young Adults program was presented in Los Angeles by Fox.  Students affiliated with Environmental Charter High, Compton High, Fairfax Senior High, Pepperdine University, and Arizona State University joined GLAAD for the event.

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

Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday in Los Angeles.  Additional awards were presented in New York on March 16.  The final awards will be presented in San Francisco on May 11 at the Hilton San Francisco - Union Square where Adam Lambert will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award and the San Francisco Giants will receive the Corporate Leader Award.

  • Advocate for Change Award:  Bill Clinton  (presented by Harvey Weinstein and Jennifer Lawrence)
  • Stephen F. Kolzak Award:  Steve Warren  (presented by Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron)
  • Outstanding Film - Wide Release:  The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment)  [accepted by: writer and director Stephen Chbosky with Logan Lerman, Johnny Simmons, and Mae Whitman]
  • Outstanding Comedy Series:  The New Normal (NBC)  [accepted by: co-creators Ryan Murphy with Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, and Jayson Blair]
  • Outstanding Individual Episode:  "Don’t Ask, Don't Tell Me What to Do" Raising Hope(Fox)  [accepted by: show creator Greg Garcia with Cloris Leachman, and Shannon Woodward]
  • Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series:  American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)  [accepted by:  show creator Ryan Murphy]
  • Outstanding Daily Drama:  Days of Our Lives (NBC)  [accepted by: Freddie Smith]
  • Outstanding Talk Show Episode:  "At Home with Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiancé David Burtka, & Their Twins" Oprah's Next Chapter (OWN)
  • Outstanding Los Angeles Theater:  The Childrenby Michael Elyanow

SPANISH-LANGUAGE

  • Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode:  "Confirma su identidad como mujer" Showbiz (CNN en Español)
  • Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine:  TIE: "Los transexuales buscan su identidad en medio de ignorancia y prejuicios" Encuentro (CNN en Español) and "La vida en rosa" Aquí y Ahora(Univision)
  • Outstanding Newspaper Article:  "Gays y padres excelentes" by Pilar Marrero (La Opinión)

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 for the San Francisco event, or to become a table host, purchase tickets or place a tribute in the tribute book, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards.