Save The Date: Bruce Vilanch To Host GLAAD Media Awards In San Fran 6/5

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Shepherd & Daniels Receive GLAAD Media Awards, 6/5
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by BWW News Desk

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced today that Cybill Shepherd will receive the Golden Gate Award and Lee Daniels will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards presented in San Francisco by Southwest Airlines on June 5, 2010 at the Marriott Marquis.

The GLAAD Media Awards elevate and promote fair, accurate and inclusive stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, people and allies that have increased awareness, understanding and respect for the lives of LGBT people. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.

Openly gay recording artist Sam Sparro will perform along with country music singer Chely Wright, who recently came out in People. Writer and comedian Bruce Vilanch will host the event. Jan Wahl, local television news for KRON, will join Actors Wilson Cruz and Jai Rodriguez at the event.

Cybill Shepard will receive the Golden Gate Award from her daughters Clementine Ford and recent Yale graduate Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim. The award is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. In addition to being an actress, musician, author, producer and model, Shepard has also been a vocal advocate of LGBT equality. In the final three seasons of the Showtime original series The L Word, Shepherd starred as Phyllis Kroll, a married woman who comes out as a lesbian, divorces her husband, and falls in love with her divorce attorney (played by Jane Lynch). Shepherd has been an advocate for marriage equality and same-sex parental rights for decades, marching and speaking at the 1993 March on Washington and appearing on the cover of The Advocate to discuss her reaction to the march. Sheperd’s daughter Clementine Ford is an openly gay actress who currently portrays Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Browning on The Young & the Restless and Shepherd is ardently supportive of her daughter. Previous recipients include Megan Mullally, Jennifer Beals, Stockard Channing, Jennifer Tilly, James Schamus, and Brooke Shields.

Lee Daniels will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award which is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community. This year Daniels became the first openly gay African American man to be nominated for Achievement in Directing at the Academy Awards® for Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire. Daniels also served as Producer of the film which was nominated for Outstanding Film -Wide Release at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards for its inclusion of the character “Ms. Rain,” an out lesbian teacher. Daniels also directed Shadowboxer, and produced The Woodsman and Monster’s Ball. The Davidson/Valentini Award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD’s first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini. Previous recipients include Chad Allen, Ilene Chaiken, Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, Alec Mapa, Robert Gant, B.D. Wong, and Sandra Bernhard.

It was previously announced that Robert Hanson, president of Levi Strauss Americas, will receive the San Francisco Local Hero Award. As a strong advocate for social justice, LGBT rights and marriage equality, Hanson championed the company’s involvement as a leader in the Business Council for the “No on Prop 8” campaign. He also supported the company’s decision to sign on to the amicus brief to the California Supreme Court in support of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. During a 6-year term on the Board of Directors for the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City, Hanson was instrumental in developing a partnership between the organization and the Levi’s brand to raise awareness and financial support for LGBT youth.

Awards scheduled to be presented onstage include the following categories: Outstanding Music Artist, Outstanding Documentary and Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia. A complete list of this year’s nominees and award recipients from the GLAAD Media Awards in New York and Los Angeles are available at

Each year, the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco bring together more than 4,000 supporters to raise funds for the organization’s work.

GLAAD will live tweet from the GLAAD Media Awards. GLAAD’s tweets can be seen at If you tweet about the GLAAD Media Awards, please include the hashtag #GLAADMediaAwards in your tweets. Also, please follow @glaad on Twitter at

More than 100 corporate partners are showing their support, including New York Co-Presenting corporate partners IBM and Prudential, Los Angeles Presenting corporate partner ABSOLUT® Vodka and San Francisco Presenting corporate partner Southwest Airlines. GLAAD is also grateful to the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards Platinum Underwriter corporate partners: AT&T, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Time Warner, Lexus and University of Phoenix, as well as Underwriter corporate partners: Allstate Insurance Company, American Airlines, Comcast, Delta Air Lines, Fox Group, Harrah’s Foundation, Herb Ritts Foundation, Here Media, MTV Networks, MillerCoors, New York City Marriott & Renaissance Hotels, The Palette Fund, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Terry K. Watanabe Charitable Trust and UBS.

General tickets for the San Francisco event are $350 and include entrance to the cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, show, and after party. For a full list of corporate partners and information on how to become a corporate partner, or to become a table host, purchase tickets or place a tribute in the tribute book, please call (877) 519-7904 or visit


The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit For the latest updates, join us at and

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