It was quite an honor to cap off my week of vacation in Los Angeles by winning the Stonewall Democratic Club's Bob Craig Media Award. The 35th Annual Stoney Awards drew quite the crowd from California Democrats Who's Who as the LA dems also honored Rep Jared Polis, Cleve Jones, Christine Pelosi, and T. Santora among others.
One of the most endearing moments of the night was receiving the award from presenter Karen Ocamb. Karen's not just the News Editor for LA's Frontiers magazine, she's also a fellow Bilerico Project contributor. That made it all the more sweet as two Projectors stood on stage for the award instead of just me. After all, I accepted on behalf of the entire Bilerico family.
That's what makes our site special. It's not about one person or viewpoint. Our site is meant to showcase multiple voices and perspectives. We don't always agree with each other, but we're all equal Bilerico family members. You don't always have to agree with what family members are doing or saying, but you love them nonetheless. It's the community we've built together that won the award; I was just lucky enough to get my name on the trophy.
I reference Lifetime Achievement Award winner Cleve Jones' acceptance speech in mine and I'll have it up as soon as possible. It was a barn-burner. I was supposed to give my short speech before Cleve and had a bunch of jokes lined up that wouldn't work if I went second, so most of my speech is impromptu.
Video after the jump.