GLAAD wrapped up the third of its three annual Media Awards presentations with a star-studded event in San Francisco on Saturday night. Glee star Dianna Agron hosted the gala, with fellow celebs Mario Lopez and Rita Moreno, Days of Our Lives’ Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, Happy Endings’ Adam Pally, Scandal‘s Kerry Washington, out actors Sean Maher (The Playboy Club) and Guillermo Diaz (Scandal), Pretty Little Liars’ Shay Mitchell, Ian Harding and Amber Benson, the band fun., MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, trans writer Janet Mock, and LGBT advocates Jennifer Tyrrell and Zach Wahls all in attendance.
Among the recipients were Days of Our Lives, which was honored for the coming-out storyline involving teenager Will Horton, and Shonda Rhimes, who was presented the Golden Gate Award by Washington, Diaz and Scandal castmate Katie Lowes. “I think that love is universal. And I think in telling LGBT stories, I’m telling everyone’s story,” said Rhimes. “I want my daughters to grow up in a world in which there is more love than hate. I want them to know a world where everyone is free. So that’s why I write the stories that I do.”
In addition, Grey’s Anatomy won Outstanding Dramatic Series, while Mun 2’s Las Aparicio won Outstanding Telenovela and Outstanding Digital Journalism Article went to the Huffington Post for Adam Rosenthal’s “Adam and Pete: Love in a Time of War.”
Spirit Day creator Brittany McMillan presented a Special Recognition Award to Facebook for the company’s strong support of its LGBT users. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg called the honor “incredibly important” in a recorded acceptance speech, saying she was “thankful that GLAAD has recognized our commitment to helping young people make safe, smart and responsible choices online and offline.”
There were several opportunities for guests to get up close and personal with the stars—Agron auctioned off a kiss, while Moreno offered a dinner at her home and Lopez auctioned off a Dream Day on behalf of Barefoot Wines.
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