Bill Clinton just keeps getting more and more awesome, and GLAAD is recognizing him for that and more! He is an advocate for equality and is one of the honorees at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The former president will receive GLAAD’s first ever Advocate for Change Award. Also being honored that night will be Steve Warren, one of Tinseltown’s top attorneys, who will be receiving the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.
Clinton is more than deserving of this honor, according to GLAAD. He has had a long track record of pressing tolerance. Back in 2011, he fought for marriage equality in New York, stating 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.” Last year, he joined others to work against North Carolina’s proposed Amendment One to ban mariage and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples (that amendment unfortunately passed, much to Clinton’s dismay). Recently, he wrote a piece for The Washington Post, calling for the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). During his administration, Clinton appointed several members of the LGBT community to all levels of government and poured tons of funding into the HIV/AIDS crisis research.
GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz said the following of Clinton:
“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. Leaders and allies like President Clinton are critical to moving our march for equality forward.”
As for Warren, the award he is set to receive is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for our community. Past honorees include Ellen DeGeneres, Sir Ian McKellen, Bill Condon, Wanda Sykes, Alan Ball and Robert Greenblatt.
This year’s awards will have more excitement than usual as they are happening right in the middle of the Supreme Court deliberations regarding the validity and constitutionality of Prop 8 and DOMA. The decision from the Supreme Court is expected to be handed down in June. The awards are already pulling some star power as some of the confirmed presenters are part of Hollywood’s A-List. So far, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, and Matt Bomer are among the star expected at the awards.
Congrats to Bill Clinton and Steve Warren!
http://www.YouTube.com/PopWrapped (COMING SOON!)
http://www.PopWrapped.com (COMING SOON!)