Paying tribute to “inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives,” actress Drew Barrymore hosted the GLAAD awards with a bevy of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Betty White, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Recently Out Actor Matt Dallas spoke about his public outing on Twitter this past January. Announcing his lifetime partner as his fiancé on the social media platform, Dallas came out casually.
Transgender Chaz Bono, offspring of legendary singer Cher, spoke about the future of the LGBT community.
“I mean, I think the goal always has to be equality in all aspects under the law,” said Bono. “You’re never going to eradicate discrimination. We see that with other minorities.”
Many LGBT professionals also spoke about their lives at the event, from entertainment blogger Perez Hilton on single gay parenting to MSNBC News Anchor Thomas Roberts on his marriage to his partner of 12 years.
“Racism is still, unfortunately, alive and well,” Bono continued in his speech. “But equal protection under the law makes a huge difference. So, I think, for me, that is the goal, that is the thing to strive for.”
The GLAAD Media Awards was also held in New York and will conclude in San Francisco on May 11 for its third and final installment.