In this town of red carpeting, you can always trust that GLAAD's Director of PR, Rich Ferraro, will make you glad you showed up, and with extra batteries for your camera.
"Tonight's honorees, nominees and award recipients have set new industry standards which underline the value of gay and lesbian consumers," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. "More and more companies are moving toward ads that reflect truly reflect all people and learning that LGBT people should be accepted and respected, not only for their potential buying power, but for their contribution to the American cultural fabric."
Barrios continued, "While LGBT representation on TV continues to grow, the advertising industry has not yet fully embraced our community. Tonight's nominees and honorees have set new benchmarks in the industry and continue to lead the way in fair, accurate and inclusive LGBT representation in advertising."
More, and my photos of the stars, and my video interview with New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, which ends abruptly when I go for the joke.
At the ceremony, country music artist Chely Wright presented American Airlines with the Corporate Responsibility Award, in recognition of the company's longstanding and public commitment to the LGBT community. American Airlines' Vice President of New York, Art Torno, was on hand to receive the award.
Barbara Lippert, Editor-at-Large of Adweek, presented acclaimed advertising critic Bob Garfield with the Public Visibility Award for his work critiquing homophobic images in advertising.
"For 25 years, in his iconic 'AdReview' column in Advertising Age, Bob has been a powerful ally for the LGBT community," Barrios said, "speaking out about ads rooted in
homophobia and stereotypes."
Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Awards in Advertising recipients announced Wednesday in New York. For a complete list of nominees and award recipients, please visit www.glaad.org/advertisingawards
Corporate Responsibility Award: American Airlines [Accepted by: Betty Young (Director, Diverse Segment Marketing), Art Torno (VP of New York), and George Carrancho (National Sales and Marketing Manager, LGBT Community)]
Public Visibility Award: Bob Garfield
Outstanding TV Campaign - LGBT Market: Levi's Gay History Month/Logo Leaders Campaign (Levi Strauss & Co.)
Outstanding Print Campaign - LGBT Market: Works in Progress (Progressive Insurance)
Outstanding Interactive Campaign: The Advocate Money Minute Presented by Wells Fargo (Wells Fargo)
Outstanding Social Marketing Campaign: SAGECAP: The Caregiver's Caregiver (SAGE)
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 www.glaad.org.