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President Bill Clinton to be honored at 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles

the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today announced it will honor former President Bill Clinton at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. Entertainment attorney Steve Warren will also receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award during the event at the JW Marriott on April 20, 2013.

Bill Clinton will receive GLAAD's first Advocate for Change Award during the event. In 2011, Clinton advocated for marriage equality in New York, stating that "for more than a century, our Statue of Liberty has welcomed all kinds of people from all over the world yearning to be free. In the 21st century, I believe New York’s welcome must include marriage equality.” In 2012, he joined the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families in working against North Carolina's proposed Amendment One to ban marriage and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Most recently, he called for the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in an op-ed for The Washington Post.

During his administration, Clinton became the first U.S. President to appoint out gay and lesbian people to all levels of government. He appointed more than 150 including James Hormel as America's first openly gay ambassador. During the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, his administration convened the first White House Conference on the epidemic, created the national AIDS Policy Coordinator post, and expanded funding for research. In 2002, his Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) began as the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in the developing world.

"President Clinton's support of the LGBT community and recognition that DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and should be struck down shows that the political landscape continues to change in favor of LGBT equality," said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz. "Leaders and allies like President Clinton are critical to moving our march for equality forward."

by Anonymousreply 1104/05/2013

GLAAD for sale!

They sold out to ABC TV a few years ago to, when ABC aired the Exodus International show on "The View".

GLAAD also failed stand up against Prop 8.

The USA needs a new media defender.

by Anonymousreply 104/05/2013

So he signed a bill that he knew was unconstitutional? And he's getting an award?

by Anonymousreply 204/05/2013

These guys would give Jerry Falwell an award for watching an episode of Will and Grace, had he been still alive.

by Anonymousreply 304/05/2013

I wouldn't give nor accept a dime from GLAAD.

by Anonymousreply 404/05/2013

It says Annual but it seems these things happen more then once a year.

by Anonymousreply 504/05/2013

Damn, is this their Semi-Annual Monthly Post-Benefit Pre-Benefit? Why do GLAAD and HRC have so many of these damn events? In the case of GLAAD, it has never made sense that they have an East Coast and West Coast ceremony.

by Anonymousreply 604/05/2013

Didn't GLAAD just give this award to Anderson Cooper?

by Anonymousreply 704/05/2013

The award to Cooper was for their annual GLAAD NYC Award banquet. This is the annual GLAAD LA Award banquet.

In June they'll have their annual GLAAD Camedon, NJ Award banquet.

by Anonymousreply 804/05/2013

Remember when HRC gave an award to Reichen for being hot?

by Anonymousreply 904/05/2013

they have a west coast - east coast award? my god.

by Anonymousreply 1004/05/2013

Bill Clinton saved gays with DOMA and DATD. Unfortunately, DL'ers will either play stupid, or they'll continue to display their ignorance over the subject.

by Anonymousreply 1104/05/2013
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