The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, with president Jarrett Barrios (pictured), celebrated its quarter-century birthday at a star-studded Los Angeles party Friday evening.
The event attracted straight and LGBT celebrities including Chaz Bono, Jean Smart, and recently out actress Amber Heard.
"We've made great progress in these media capitals," Barrios said at the event. "Beyond Hollywood, beyond New York, between these blue states, right at this nation's red center, we have miles to go. How far do we still have to go to ensure that an environment of respect exists for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people?"
GLAAD was launched in 1985 in response to AIDS coverage in the New York Post.