Jake Weinraub

Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer Celebrate Point Foundation's 10th Anniversary

Filed By Jake Weinraub | September 25, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Adam Pally, Anna Paquin, Busy Phillips, Davis Mallory, John Michael Higgens, Pauley Perrette, Point Foundation, red carpet coverage, Rex Lee, Sara Rue, Stephen Moyer

The Point Foundation, the nation's largest LGBT scholarship-granting organization celebrated its 10th anniversary Saturday with black ties and a very gay red carpet.

Los Angeles' queer upper crust packed the Jim Henson Studios for the Joel McHale-hosted (Community, The Soup) event to recognize Point Foundation honorees and dine on plates provided by the event's sexy male catering staff.

Stars gay and gay-friendly studded the gala, such as True Blood vamps Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, openly gay actor Rex Lee (Entourage) and John Michael Higgins - who plays gay on the Fran Dresher series Happily Divorced.

"This has been great - it's exhilarating," said Point Foundation co-founder Carl Strickland. "We hoped, but we never thought that it would be as big as it has become, and we're happy."

Check out Bilerico's red carpet coverage, with quotes from some of the night's stars behind the jump.

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Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) - True Blood

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"We're talking a lot about bullying and harassment and abuse tonight, and I can freely say that at some point in the future I want to play someone who is homophobic and racist and sexist -- that appeals to me as an actor, to explore that." -- Rex Lee, openly gay actor best known for playing Lloyd on Entourage

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Sara Rue, who played Brenda, a lesbian character on Rules of Engagement

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"I've gotten a few Facebook messages from kids who said I reminded them of themselves and I think that's great." -- Adam Pally, who plays openly gay character Max on Happy Endings

"I play a girl, like a lot of my characters, like an over-the-top girl with loud clothes and fantastic one-liners, so I have found that a lot of my fans are gay men who love my character." -- Busy Philipps, who plays Laurie Keller on Cougar Town

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"I've played a lot of gay characters over the years. I did Jeffrey on Broadway in the 90's, I did the gay character in Best In Show, it's not something I haven't done a lot of." -- John Michael Higgins, who plays Fran Dresher's gay ex-husband Peter on TV Land's Happily Divorced

On being mistaken for gay: "I guess I get it a lot, it's always a little shocking to my wife, but she doesn't care. I don't either!"

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Pauley Perrette, plays Abby Sciuto on NCIS

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"Something like this encourages us to [speak out]. The award tonight is just so crazy, I was just so shocked by it. It's cool and you don't really know how powerful your voice is until someone tells you how powerful it is." -- Travis Wall, Emmy-nominated choreographer from So You Think You Can Dance. He won the Point Foundaion's Horizon Award.

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Travis Wall engages in a warm embrace as MTV's Real World: Dallas star Davis Mallory looks on.
For more information on the Point Foundation, visit their web site.


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Oscar winner Anna Paquin is an out bisexual, as has been reported right here on Bilerico and on sites like AfterEllen.com, here: http://www.afterellen.com/blog/trishbendix/anna-paquin-comes-out-as-bisexual. And, next to Alan Cumming and Evan Rachel Wood, she is probably the most famous out bi actor on tv right now.

As a former Point Foundation scholar, I'm thrilled that there were out bi folks at this event! Out of all the scholarship organizations in the US, the Point Foundation is probably the most supportive of bi scholars, and the most inclusive of the bi community.

Thank you for writing this article, and for including a bi icon like Anna Paquin in your reporting. I noticed that Rex Lee is consistently referred to as "openly gay", and the event's stars are described as "gay and gay-friendly". I'm sure that Anna Paquin is gay-friendly, but she's more than that. She's a member of the LGBT community. And a pretty fabulous one at that!

Agreed! I'm so happy to see coverage of Paquin, especially after she came out as bi. Awesome!