President Bill Clinton will receive an
award for his gay rights advocacy during the 24th Annual
GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles later this month.
Clinton will be presented with the
group's inaugural Advocate for Change Award during the event.
In announcing the honor, GLAAD pointed
to Clinton's support for marriage equality in New York, opposition to
a gay marriage ban in North Carolina and his recent call for the
Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),
which he signed into law as president.
“President Clinton's support of the
LGBT community and recognition that DOMA, the so-called Defense of
Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and should be struck down shows
that the political landscape continues to change in favor of LGBT
equality,” said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz. “Leaders and allies
like President Clinton are critical to moving our march for equality
The April 20 event will also honor
entertainment attorney Steve Warren with the group's Stephen F.
Kolzak Award, which is presented to an openly LGBT media professional
who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the
“Steven Warren's work and career have
opened doors for out professionals across the entertainment
industry,” said Cruz. “In addition to advocating for LGBT
people, he has continuously mobilized a large base of high-profile
allies to help bring about social change.”
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