Los Angeles, CA —
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, marked 25 years of advancing equality during a star-studded event in Los Angeles on Friday.
Chaz Bono, Wilson Cruz, Amber Heard, Michael Kearns, Kathy Najimy, Holly Robinson Peete, Doris Roberts, Jean Smart, Bruce Vilanch, Steven Weber joined GLAAD's founding members Jehan Agrama, David Bohnett, Dean Hansell and Michael Keegan in toasting the work of GLAAD during a cocktail party at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles.
Jonathan Murray of Bunim/Murray Productions received the GLAAD Pioneer Award for his groundbreaking work to bring stories of LGBT people to Americans as Executive Producer on shows including The Real World, Road Rules and Project Runway. Richard Jennings, former President & Executive Director of GLAAD, received the GLAAD Founders' Award.
"Since 1985, GLAAD has amplified stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people that build acceptance and advance equality through news, entertainment and today, on Facebook and social media outlets," said Barrios. "Continuing to share these stories is moving the public to support our full legal equality and will lead to a nation where we are all accepted, respected and valued."
GLAAD began in 1985 in New York City as a response to the New York Post's coverage of the HIV/AIDS crisis.