Saturday's Gay & Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards was star-studded. Comedian
Kate Clinton hosted the ceremony where financial-guru Suze Orman,
media personality Phil Donahue and model Tyra Banks were honored.
Openly lesbian Orman called on gays to
“invest in companies that invest in you” and Banks thanked the
gay community for believing in her.
On Thursday, that's no longer news.
But new clips of celebrities at the event have surfaced.
At the show's red carpet this year was
OUTTAKEOnline CEO Charlotte Robinson who has just posted a new crop
of interview clips at her website.
“I do feel that the folks that voted
for Prop 8 [the voter initiative that placed a gay marriage ban in
the constitution] in California in a very few short years will be
very embarrassed,” said Tony-winning and openly lesbian actress
Singer Clay Aiken spoke about his
recent coming out on the cover of People magazine.
“I don't think anybody ever has any
control of their own story at all,” Aiken said. “Would I change
anything in the past 5 years? No.”
Openly lesbian producer JD DiSalvatore
spoke about winning a Media Award for the coming out film Shelter.
“I actually got three more projects
in the pipeline, they're all really similar to Shelter,” she
said. “My motto is until the big studios decide to make our films,
then I'm perfectly happy sitting down here using what little money I
can get to make films that are important to us.”
And media personality Phil Donahue once
again proved he's a gay ally with a big heart.
“What do you hope to see for the
future?” Robinson asked.
“A world without closets,” Donahue
replied. “A place where love can be expressed freely and without
anxiety. A world that values gay and lesbian love as much as we see
in the movies kind of love. And sees people as irreplaceable; as the
church might say: children of God. Entitled to the same rights and
protections as all the other children.”
More audio interviews with stars
attending the GLAAD Media Awards can be found at