On Saturday evening, the Hilton in Union Square welcomed politicians, athletes, four Prop. 8 plaintiffs, two Chippendales, one real housewife of Beverly Hills and the winner of RuPaul‘s Drag Race to celebrate California’s fight for LGBT equality: all in the name of GLAAD.
Adam Lambert received the Davidson/Valentini Award for his out-and-proud success in the music industry and tied with Frank Ocean for outstanding music artist. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s efforts in piloting marriage equality were recognized with The Golden Gate Award, while the reigning World Series champions San Francisco Giants got props for making an It Gets Better video and asking local drag socialite Donna Sachet to sing the national anthem.
Backstage, we chatted briefly with Lambert about his musical influences growing up. Given his stint singing with the remaining members of Queen, Lambert spoke fondly of Freddie Mercury but revealed his early adoration for musical theater. “I watch Glee and think, ‘wow, I was just like [Kurt Hummel],” he said.
It was fitting that Lambert should mention both Mercury and Chris Colfer, given that his acceptance speech touched upon the divide between the “proud rebels” of the Stonewall generation and the younger post-gays whose sexuality does not define them.
“It’s a crucial time. Totally crucial,” he said onstage. “We’re right in the middle of two generations with two perspectives but one common thread: love.”
The singer also told Queerty that he was open to the possibility of guest starring on Glee, being a judge on his alma matter American Idol and playing a rock ‘n’ roll Judas onstage in a reboot of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Another musical theater queen, Jinkx Monsoon, also took the stage fresh off her win on RuPaul‘s Drag Race and sang her narcoleptic little heart out, channeling Elaine Stritch with a pretty darn good rendition of “Ladies Who Lunch.”
Earlier on the red carpet, Jinkx gave Queerty some of her strategy to nabbing the coveted title of America’s Next Drag Superstar.
“I didn’t brag about being a classically trained singer until the singing challenge,” she revealed. “I set small personal goals for myself along the way. First it was to just make it to the Snatch Game. After I won that, that’s when the fire inside me sparked to go after the whole thing.”
On the red carpet we also talked to Amazing Race hunks Jaymes and James about their work-out routines in preparation for a new 2014 calendar. During the ceremony, the dynamic duo auctioned off their bods to two presumably straight women (Real Housewives of San Francisco?) in order to raise money for GLAAD.
Speaking of straight women and mancandy, Barefoot Wine auctioned off Kyle Richards of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Richards told us on the red carpet that the winning bid would get first class flights to Los Angeles to have champagne with her at Villa Blanca (fellow castmate Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant) and maybe a ride on her Maserati. Although most guests at the GLAAD Awards would probably bid more to ride her husband, Mauricio.
Another memorable moment onstage was the powerful speech by badass entertainment attorney Steve Warren. Accompanied by the Prop. 8 plaintiffs, Warren called on the Supreme Court for an end DOMA.
Other guests in attendance included, GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz, basketball player Brittney Griner, Revenge‘s E.J. Bonilla, trans actress Laverne Cox, Scandal‘s Guillermo Diaz, RuPaul‘s Drag Race contestant Honey Mahogany, former Spice Girl Mel B, True Blood‘s Jessica Clark, The Fosters‘ Teri Polo and Sherri Saum, Boy Scout reform activist Jennifer Tyrrell, Kevin Keller creator Dan Parent, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler and 2012 Queerties nominee Shane Bitney Crone.