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President Bill Clinton Accepts GLAAD Award in Los Angeles: VIDEO


President Bill Clinton accepted GLAAD's 'Advocate for Change' Award at the GLAAD Awards in Los Angeles last night and while he did not, as GLAAD had not in its announcement that Clinton would be receiving the award, mention that he was the one who had signed it into law in 1996, one heckler (at 5:35 in the video) reminded the crowd of that fact.

"You signed it!" yelled the attendee.

Clinton, without acknowledging the voice, did promise to keep on the path of advocating for equality:

"I want to keep working on this until not only is DOMA no longer the law of the land, but until all people - no matter where they live - can marry the people they love."

Clinton called for the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA in a Washington Post editorial in March.

He added that there is still work to do:

"You have helped me come to the place where I am today. That's why you are the true agents of change...I believe you will win the DOMA fight, and I think that you will win the constitutional right to marry. If not tomorrow, then the next day or the next day...I supported and tried to pass ENDA without success. We still need to pass that. We still need to fight bullying and we need the right kind of immigration reform that doesn't discriminate against anybody."

And attributed his evolution on gay rights issues to his daughter Chelsea:

"She has had a profound impact in many ways on the way I see the world. It's sort of humbling when you get to be my age when your child knows more than you do about everything....Chelsea and her gay friends and her wonderful husband have modeled to me how we should all treat each other regardless of our sexual orientation or any other artificial difference that divides us. Many of them come and join us every Thanksgiving for a meal. I have grown very attached to them. And over the years, I was forced to confront the fact that people who oppose equal rights for gays in the marriage sphere are basically acting out of concerns for their own identity, not out of respect for anyone else."

Near the end of his speech, Clinton did seem to note that he had some detractors in the audience:

"You are the agents of change. I'm getting this award tonight because I was the object of your affections - or not, as the case may be."

Watch his speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

A full list of GLAAD Award winners HERE.

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  1. This was a media awards dinner that GLADD uses for major fundraising. Who are they going to raise more funding with Bill Clinton, Chris Kluwe or Brendon Ayanbadejo? Probably came down to a financial decision. I didn't get polled over who should get an award ... did any of you ??

    This is no national organization that speaks for the majority of LGBT people. GLADD doesn't, LCR & GOProud certainly don't. I don't get a vote or say in whether or not I agree with their positions other than what I say when I write them a check.

    The best forums for change are our own interactions with families and addressing the issues with insight and commentary like we do right here on sites like Towleroad.

    Posted by: JONES | Apr 21, 2013 8:08:26 PM

  2. I am glad that he got the Award. He was an outstanding President. Flawed like all of us to be sure, but he moved the Progressive Agenda forward during his 8 years. I am proud to say that I voted for him in both of his elections. To have a voice like his, even more committed to equality now than before is outstanding.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 21, 2013 10:30:47 PM

  3. My guess would be that most of the kids here who don't appreciate the Clinton's evolution were still nursing mommy's tittie when DOMA was passed. Sorry boys & girls but you weren't there and you're naive comments betray your age. Nothing wrong with being a little uniformed at your age...but here's a chance to grow up a little...jump at it.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Apr 22, 2013 1:41:17 AM

  4. Bill Clinton is a slimy creep who evolves like a leech. He'll stop sucking you only when he's taken all the blood out of you. He is a liar and a megalomaniac

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 22, 2013 3:37:23 AM

  5. The award is undeserved.

    Yes he's evolved but in no way does he desereve an award for that.

    By the way Clinton has never apologised for signing this disgustingly bigoted law.

    GLAAD has spat in the face of the LGBT community with this award - then again GLAAD no longer has an ounced of credibility so that's to be expected.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 22, 2013 4:18:13 AM

  6. GLAAD is fast becoming the Log Cabins of the progressive movement: barely tolerable. I just wish they would cease being apologists for those who did the movement absolutely no good.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Apr 22, 2013 7:47:40 AM

  7. There are so many deserving people clearly this was a money move to boost table prices. Is anyone going to pick up on the fact that the GLAAD president was missing in action at the event?

    Posted by: James | Apr 22, 2013 12:37:49 PM

  8. No matter how you parse it, anything Bill Clinton has ever said and done has first and foremost been to advance his own interests and ambitions. Renouncing DADT and DOMA is as beneficial for him now as signing them into law was then. He is the master of "strategic sincerity."

    Posted by: Surely U Jest | Apr 22, 2013 10:50:39 PM

  9. how little we remember...history is not america's forte, it seems to be all grand standing and ignore the facts... you don't like what he had to do okay, but don't pretend like he had a choice in DADT or DOMA now glass-steagall that is something worth holding a grudge over...silly uneducated gays

    Posted by: epic | Apr 22, 2013 11:37:21 PM

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