Chad Allen Receives Davidson/Valentini Award at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco on May 9, 2009

Out actor Chad Allen received the Davidson/Valentini Award to close the evening from Robert Gant. "I have watched my community wake up this year - and start to show up - like we never have before. Not in my lifetime," Allen said in his acceptance speech. "I've talked to and marched with young people who had never imagined the power of banding together to demand their freedom, and it makes me so proud of who we are. It makes me so grateful for my mentors who grabbed me by the scruff of my little gay neck and said 'This is your responsibility. You must stand up for who you are.' And that makes me absolutely determined to pass it on."