Marvel Entertainment and George Takei were among the award recipients at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Vanguard Awards ceremony on Nov. 9. The honorees were acknowledged for their work in promoting LGBT rights and representation.
Marvel executive Cort Lane expressed his enthusiasm for the company's inclusion of LGBT themes in its projects, such as a gay relationship between two teen boys in the the Young Avengers comic series.
“They’ve been trying for decades, in publishing, to tell real stories about real people and that includes portrayals of LGBT characters,” Lane remarked. “For me, as a gay man who grew up reading these comics, and being really encouraged and inspired by these characters, it’s pretty awesome.”
George Takei reflected on the advances made over the years in representation of the LGBT community in the media.
“I started in the business back in the ’50s when LGBT people did not exist on television or in movies,” the actor and activist stated. “Compare that to what we have today.”
Also honored at the event were Takei's husband and fellow activist Brad Takei, and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Yaroslavsky will soon retire from his position after a 40-year-career which included tireless efforts to advocate for gay rights in the areas of government and community.