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


The stars and creators of Glee, Pretty Little Liars, Grey’s Anatomy and more came out to the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco Saturday night to have, you guessed it, a gay old time. The show mixed activism with fun and the second annual sweet lady kiss auction to raise awareness and cash for GLAAD and the work it does on behalf of the LGBT community in the media.

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Glee star Dianna Agron followed her co-star Naya Rivera from last year as host for 2012. Presenters/attendees included Pretty Little Liars stars Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson, the cast of Scandal, the cast of Degrassi and Rita Moreno and Grey’s Anatomy/Private Practice/Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes received a special award. But the stars and honorees all stopped to chat with AfterEllen.com on the red carpet (well, it was more multi-colored with a large geometric pattern) before the show started. Some highlights from our exclusive interviews.

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With Dianna Agron, who hosted the show and plays Quinn on Glee:

AE: So I have to ask you about Faberry, there are legions of people who are fans of the Quinn-Rachel relationship. Tell me about them and do you hear a lot from them and what you think about their championing of that coupling?

DA: I mean we hear about it, especially at events like this. I think I definitely understand. Sometimes you’re watching a show and you really like relationships between people and you wish there was more. It’s very flattering. It was so crazy when we were winning those polls and beating real on-screen couples. But I’ve had so much fun with Lea and I think that’s a testament to that.

AE: Are there nods to that on the show? There was that scene where Santana says, “Stop making out with Berry.”

DA: I know. I think maybe the writers are having fun with that a little bit. But I think also too they were a very unlikely friendship and the fact that they did find their place, I think definitely opened doors for people’s imagination. I had a girl who came up to me once and said, “I felt like Rachel in high school and there was a Quinn and I always felt she wouldn’t be nice to me. And then I was watching your show. And I blew out the door. And now she’s one of my best friends.” So I think that is special and it’s very sweet.

AE: How much can we expect to see of Yale Quinn next season?

DA: I have no idea. They are writing right now. We’re waiting and we’ll take whatever we get.

Credit: Photo courtesy of Lydia Gonzales

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