PHOTOS: Celebrities Share Messages of Hope, Inspiration on GLAAD's Red Carpet

Superstars, advocates, and out trailblazers celebrated the progress of LGBT depictions in media and offered words of encouragement in the continuing battle for equality at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.



Naomi Campbell
On the impact LGBT people have had on her life and career:
“I feel lucky to have been surrounded by gay people throughout my career. I love them and they’re my family. I’m honored and blessed to be welcomed and supported by the community, because I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo (Plaintiffs in the challenge to Propostion 8, argued at the U.S. Supreme Court)
On the importance of positive LGBT images in media:
Jeff Zarrillo: “The way our community is portrayed in media has and always will be an important. I remember watching Vice President Joe Biden speak so eloquently on Meet the Press about Will & Grace, the impact that show had on our community and how it helped to move us forward by changing hearts and minds. When I was growing up, I remember seeing the Billy Douglas storyline on One Life to Live and the TV movies like Doing Time on Maple Drive. The family reactions to the gay characters in those stories wasn’t positive, and that impacted me as a teen who wasn’t out yet, because I didn’t want to see reactions like that.
Paul Katami: "Today, we’re seeing more positive images than ever before, and we know that’s critical to moving our community forward, because our struggles and our stories are a part of real life. That’s why we’re so thankful for an organization like GLAAD that not only celebrates our images in the media, but also helps guide the language that moves our cause forward.”

Wilson Cruz (GLAAD Spokesman)
On advice to those who want to be an outspoken LGBT ally:
“We as a community don’t ask very much of our allies, we just ask that you stand with us and that’s really easy to do. Simply hug your LGBT brothers and sisters, love them. Vote with us when our rights are on the ballot. Tell all your friends and family members that you support us because that’s how we spread the word and we spread love.”

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