Debby Boone was among the celebrities who attended Saturday's 25th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

GLAAD handed out honors to Jennifer Lopez and Laverne Cox at the event.

Speaking to Traipsing Thru Films at the event's red carpet, Boone, whose father Pat Boone has publicly spoken out against gay rights, said she and he husband were attending the event with a lesbian couple.

“I'm really happy to be here in support of GLAAD, because I am one of the people that has made the transition from an old way of thinking to a new one. And I think that's really the crux of what GLAAD is all about.”

When asked what had happened to change her mind, she answered: “I have really good friends and family members that have changed my mind. And the couple that we're with tonight is a lesbian couple who attended the church where my husband was associate rector.”

Boone, 57, said that getting to know gay people had “shifted the way I grew up thinking.”

“And it was a tough transition, you know. And it is for a lot of people. So, I think I have compassion for both sides,” she added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)