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.



Guy Wilson (Days of Our Lives)
On playing a gay character and being an outspoken LGBT ally:
Playing Will Horton on Days means so much to me. I believe entertainment is one of the places where new frontiers are being conquered. So to be a part of that and to have an opportunity to be as young as I am and play a character that is a beacon of hope for some people — I couldn’t be more grateful. I’m so thankful to have an opportunity to add another voice to a cause that I care about on a personal level.”

Charlie Condou (at right; out actor on British drama Coronation Street)
On homophobia in Hollywood:
I’m really surprised by the level of homophobia that still exists here in Hollywood. I’ve been here for a week, and I had dinner with a big movie star and his boyfriend, and he is not out because of fear. I also had lunch with a daytime soap star and his boyfriend, and they are also not out because of fear. I find that really surprising because I’m very out in my career at home. I’m with my partner, we go out together, we have children and it’s never been an issue. I’m particularly surprised to see there’s so much fear surrounding gay people here in Los Angeles. It’s a shame.”

Peter Paige (Creator and executive producer of The Fosters, second from right)
On young fans of The Fosters:
“To see how teens have received The Fosters — to win a Teen Choice Award — and to know that teens have embraced this family with such passion really moves me. I don’t think they even bat an eye that there are two moms in this show. They just see it and say, ‘Oh, that’s just like my family’ or ‘That’s how I fight with my brother or sister’ or ‘Lena is just like my mom.’”

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