Josh Hutcherson, Milla Jovovich Miriam
Shor and Mark Deklin were among the celebrities who showed their
support for gay rights at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation's (GLAAD) 23rd annual Media Awards held last
weekend in Los Angeles.
At the show, Cher and Mary Bono Mack
Bono with the group's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to
a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender member of the entertainment
community, and Hutcherson, 19, became the
group's youngest Vanguard Award recipient for his gay rights
Actress Milla Jovovich told The
Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet that she attended the show
to honor her gay friends and colleagues and “to educate people
about human rights.”
“I mean everyone deserves to be
treated equally,” she added.
Max Adler, who plays a closeted student
on Fox's Glee, said he supports GLAAD because “I truly do
believe in equality and acceptance and the fact that everyone should
have a chance to live out their dreams and their goals and have a
fair shot at everything they want to accomplish and achieve.”
“The fact that there's going to be
people that try to knock that down or stop that from happening
because of their own wrong, wacky, crazy beliefs is just disgusting
and heartbreaking. So I'm here because whatever I can do to stop
that from happening to anybody else in the future I'll do.”
Mark Deklin, who plays a closeted
husband on ABC's Good Christian Belles, and his TV wife,
Miriam Shor, said that playing their characters made them
“ambassadors between the two worlds [gay and straight].”
“It's odd but I think it's really
great for us to step up to that and say, 'OK, I'll be that
ambassador,” Deklin said.
“Yeah, lets talk about this. Let's
get it out in the open,” Shor added.
“It's the real world and these people
are here and get used to it, as the slogan goes,” Deklin added.
“And I think it's important for us to be here.” (The video is
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