429Magazine was on the red carpet for the San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards which took place on May 11 at the Hilton Hotel, Union Square.
Honorees included Adam Lambert, Gavin Newsom, the San Francisco Giants and others. Ex-Spice Girl Mel B was among those presenting.
429Magazine asked attendees about their thoughts regarding the trajectory of marriage equality.
“I don’t see why it’s not legalized absolutely everywhere. Who is anybody to say ‘no, this can’t happen.’ I find it absurd, absolutely absurd,” said Mel B.
“I think visibility is a big part of all of this,” said Adam Lambert. “I think the more we do as a community to get ourselves out there, to broaden people’s minds, to make it not so scary – I think those are the ways that we’re going to help convince the rest of the country.”
Sandra Stier, a co-plaintiff with partner Kristin Perry in the Proposition 8 case, said “We’re both very encouraged to see marriage equality booming in our country. We have Minnesota as a recent win. And it’s great to see marriage equality not only happening in the coastal areas but also coming to the heartland of America.”
“I think its an irreversible tide,” said Queer as Folk star Peter Paige, “when the poll figures are rising as fast as they are you can’t deny it. It’s really an incredible time for us all and I hope the Supreme Court is paying attention.”
Here’s what else the stars and notable figures had to say:
“It’s great to be a part of this evening, it’s great to be invited. And it’s even more special to be able to present an award to the likes of Adam Lambert, lots of fun.”
“I’m so busy with America’s Got Talent and having just moved from Australia back to America. But I have to get back into music at some point, it’s my first passion.”
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
On workplace equality: “ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) is self-evident, its the new DOMA once DOMA is struck down.”
“I remember being mayor near the end of my second term and being physically stunned at how some of the major LGBT organizations were not necessarily being as inclusive to the LGBT, emphasis T community. So that’s not good enough for me.”
On plans to rename the SFO airport in honor of Harvey Milk: “I’ll take a back seat to no-one in terms of my advocacy and support for Harvey. But that was an unfortunate controversy and an unnecessary one.”
Jinkx Monsoon, 2013 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race
On being crowned “America’s Next Drag Superstar”: “Its surreal. I refer to these moments that I can’t believe happened as moments in my narcoleptic haze.”
“I felt really, really awkward most of my life growing up and I think a lot of queer kids who know that they’re queer at an early age feel that way. And so you start meeting other people like you and realize we’re everywhere, that you’re not the only one of your kind.”
“I’m going to be playing Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, that’s in June. And I’ve got my fingers crossed that this year I’ll get to be the first drag queen to host SNL.”
Omar Sharif Jr, actor and GLAAD spokesman
“As a spokesperson for GLAAD, I’ll be out speaking to people, letting them know that we’re celebrating how far we have come but we also need to speak about how far we still have to go until true equality is had.”