On Saturday, March 28th, I walked twenty blocks down Broadway with my husband to fill the Bilerico spot on the red carpet of the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
We found Jay Lassiter, one of the two Bilerico contest winners of free tickets to the event, upstairs at the Marriott. He had volunteered to act as cameraman for me.
We were assisted by GLAAD's efficient and congenial (and cute) Director of Public Relations, Richard Ferraro.
I chatted with the following guests: Judith Light, Michael Urie, Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty); Chris Noth (Sex and the City); Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me); Simon Doonan, Jonathan Adler (Top Design); Christian Siriano, Jack Mackenroth (Project Runway); Van Hansis, Jake Silbermann (As the World Turns); Jay Manuel (America's Next Top Model); Darryl Stephens, (Noah's Arc); GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano; and DJ Junior Vasquez.
Some of the guests wore white ribbons provided by WhiteKnot.org. These ribbons symbolize support for marriage equality for same-sex couples.
I think my best interview moment happened when I spoke with Phil Donohue. We share a Roman Catholic upbringing, so I asked him what he would say to Pope Benedict XVI about LGBT people. He delivered an impassioned response that you will see on the video.
And I won't deny enjoying my time with the sensationally handsome Darryl Stephens of Noah's Ark. and Jay Manuel of America's Next Top Model, and Jonathan Adler/Simon Doonan of Top Design, and Mike Diamond of Logo, also on the video.
Later in the evening, Clay Aiken presented Tyra Banks with the Excellence in Media Award. T.R. Knight presented the Vito Russo Award to Suze Orman. Phil Donahue, the Special Honoree at the first GLAAD Media Awards in 1990, received a Special Recognition Award, presented by Cherry Jones. Bilerico's own Kate Clinton hosted the evening. Jennifer Holliday performed.
This annual event is a celebration of the progress made toward acceptance and equality when the gay and straight communities work together. A spectacular night.