I was able to both make and renew good connections – and friendships! – on behalf of AWAB. I enjoyed spending some time with Ross Murray, the News Director at GLAAD. Ross was eager to hear about AWAB’s current status and accomplishments. Having completed Lutheran seminary as an openly gay man, Ross has a unique and particularly sensitive view on matters of faith and LGBT equality. Indeed, at one of the pre-award events, we ended up sharing anecdotes, opinions, and testimonies as “two religion nerds in the middle of a cocktail party.”
George Takei's best-received line was when he specifically thanked straight couples who support gay rights, “because they’re the ones who’ll be making the gay babies of tomorrow!”
The award ceremony felt like the Academy Awards. Nominations were reviewed and winners were announced for awards in various outlets like television, movies, news, and Spanish-language media. The award for outstanding comedy went enthusiastically to “Orange is the New Black” for their compassionate portrayal of lesbian and transgender issues in a women’s prison. George Takei, of Star Trek fame, received the Russo Award, presented annually to “an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.” George’s best-received line was when he specifically thanked straight couples who support gay rights, “because they’re the ones who’ll be making the gay babies of tomorrow!”
In addition to a wonderfully diverse and accepting setting (e.g. the Waldorf bathrooms were all labeled “gender neutral”), there were several other live performances (Kacey Musgraves, introduced by Boy George, and Kylie Minogue) and notable people on the frontier of LGBT equality including Amanda Simpson, the first Presidentially-appointed transperson to Federal office. The food was good, the company was great, and a good time was had by all. I was thrilled to be able to introduce AWAB and share our mission and goals with anyone who was interested.
In His Service,
AWAB Board member/Communications Chair
Robin's Board profile can be seen here.