“Glee”‘s Dianna Agron hosts the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco

And with that it was time to hand out awards. The evening’s biggest honor was presented by Scandal stars Lowes, Guillermo Diaz and Kerry Washington who gave Rhimes the Golden Gate Award, which goes to a media professionals who have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.

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Her acceptance speech was eloquent and heartfelt.


The Pretty Little Liars stars Mitchell, Harding and Ashley Benson – who skipped much of the red carpet, were on hand to present, as were band members from the group fun. and actors Sean Maher (Firefly, Make it or Break It) and Adam Pally (Happy Endings).

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But the night wasn’t just about the big names. Community activists were also on hand to present and pick up honors. Brittany McMillan, the teen creator of Spirit Day which inspires millions to wear purple or ‘go purple’ on social media in support of LGBT youth, presented a Special Recognition Award to Facebook. 

LGBT advocate and author Zach Wahls, who became an internet sensation when his speech to Iowa legislators about his gay moms went viral, spoke about his work with GLAAD and introduced another community hero, Ohio mother Jennifer Tyrrell, who was kicked out of her sons’ Boy Scouts troupe for being lesbian. Tyrrell brought her wife and children to the event . The kids even got some very special bonding time backstage with host Agron, who threw off her heels and picked up a lightsaber to play with them.

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 The complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday in San Francisco:

Outstanding Daily Drama Series – Days of Our Lives
Outstanding Drama Series -  Grey’s Anatomy
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article – “Adam and Pete: Love in a Time of War” HuffingtonPost.com
Outstanding Novela  – Las Aparicio (Mun 2)

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