Shonda Rhimes, Facebook honored at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards
Released: Sunday June 3, 2012 (San Francisco) - GLAAD
Dianna Agron, Rita Moreno, Kerry Washington, Adam Pally, Janet Mock, Shay Mitchell and pop music sensation fun. joined the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as it honored advocate, author and producer Shonda Rhimes, Wells Fargo, Facebook and the best in television and journalism last night at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, presented nationally by Ketel One and Wells Fargo, and locally by Southwest Airlines.
Video clips of the event will be posted in coming days at http://youtube.com/glaad.
For more information and photographs from the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media
Awards in San Francisco visit http://glaad.org/mediaawards and http://www.wireimage.com/.
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 from the LGBT community and issues
that build support for equality.
Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz and Katie Lowes presented the Golden Gate
Award to Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey's
Anatomy, Private Practice and ABC’s
new hit series Scandal.
The Golden Gate Award is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has
made a significant difference in promoting equality.
In her acceptance speech, Rhimes said, "I think that love is universal.
And I think in telling LGBT stories, I'm telling everyone's story. Love is, in
fact, universal, right?...I want my daughters to grow up in a world in which
there is more love than hate. I want them to know a world where everyone is
free. So that's why I write the stories that I do, because everyone should be
free. Love should be universal. And no one should get to tell me or you
or my kid who they can love, or who they can marry or have babies with."
Rhimes continued, "I want to thank GLAAD for bestowing me with this honor,
and it truly feels like an honor. I'm going to do my best in the future to
deserve the honor that's bestowed on me and make GLAAD proud."
Brittany McMillan, creator of Spirit Day which inspires millions to wear purple
or ‘go purple’ on social media in support of LGBT youth, presented a Special
Recognition Award to Facebook for the company's strong support of its LGBT
users. Spirit Day will be held on October 19, 2012. Facebook's Andrew
Noyes and Sara Sperling accepted the award on behalf of Facebook.
In a pre-recorded video, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said of the honor, "For
two decades, GLAAD has recognized those who promote understanding, increase
acceptance and advance equality. This is incredibly important and I couldn’t be
more pleased that Facebook is among those being honored by GLAAD this year. I’m
thankful that GLAAD has recognized our commitment to helping young people make
safe, smart and responsible choices online and offline. We’re committed to
helping people express who they really are."
Guests enjoyed a performance by Beverly McClellan, a finalist on season one
of The Voice,
as well as Mystère by
Cirque du Soleil. Other special guests include: Sean Maher (Much Ado About Nothing);
Ashley Benson, Ian Harding (Pretty
Little Liars); Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost, Jack Antonoff (fun.);
Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith (Days
of Our Lives); Jordon Todosey, Annie Clark, Linda Schuyler (Degrassi); Mario Lopez (Extra); MSNBC's Thomas
Roberts; People.com editor Janet Mock; John Gidding (Curb Appeal: The Block);
author and advocate Zach Wahls; comedians Fortune Feimster and Chris Franjola;
and GLAAD President Herndon Graddick.
Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday
in San Francisco:
Gate Award: Shonda
Rhimes (presented by Scandal's Kerry Washington, Guillermo
Diaz and Katie Lowes)
Leader Award: Wells
Fargo (accepted by Caryl Athanasiu, Executive Vice
President and Chief Operational Risk Officer, Wells Fargo)
Recognition Award: Facebook (accepted
by Andrew Noyes and Sara Sperling on behalf of Facebook)
Drama Series: Grey's
Anatomy (ABC) [accepted by show creator Shonda
Daily Drama: Days
of Our Lives (NBC) [accepted by: Chandler
Massey and Freddie Smith]
Digital Journalism Article: "Adam
and Pete: Love in a Time of War" by Max J.
Rosenthal (HuffingtonPost.com) [accepted by: Adam Harmon and Pete
GLAAD also announced that Las Aparicio (Mun 2)
received the award for Outstanding Novela
This year, over 100 youth from the Bay Area were able to attend the event at no
cost through GLAAD's Young Adults @ the GLAAD Media Awards initiative.
Young Adults @ the GLAAD Media Awards was presented in Los Angeles by Edison
International. Additional support from corporate partners including Bridgestone
Americas, Cirque du Soleil, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Tom Ford & Richard
Buckley, Billie Jean King, Madison Square GardenThe Rockettes Company, Major
League Baseball, Bishop Gene Robinson, Southern California Gas Company - A
Sempra Energy utility, and Steve Tisch allowed GLAAD to make this program
possible. Students affiliated with University of California Berkeley and San
Francisco International High School enjoyed the show, as well as a
pre-reception, advocacy fair and a private after-party.
Additional awards were presented in New York on March 24 and in Los Angeles on
April 21. A complete list of award recipients announced at the New York
and Los Angeles events may be found here: http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/recipients
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 More than 100 corporate partners are showing their support,
including National Presenting partners Ketel One and Wells Fargo, New York
Presenting partners Delta Air Lines and Prudential, Los Angeles Presenting
partner Delta Air Lines, and San Francisco Presenting partner Southwest
Airlines. GLAAD is also grateful to the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards
Platinum Underwriter corporate partners: Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Comcast/NBC
Universal, Disney-ABCTelevision Group/ESPN, IBM, Sheppard Mullin and Time
Warner, as well as Underwriter corporate partners: Allstate Insurance Company,
AT&T, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, David Yurman, Food Network/Cooking
Channel, The Los Angeles Lakers, New York City Marriott Marquis &
Renaissance Hotel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, VPI Pet Insurance and Westin
Bonaventure Hotel & Suites.