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GLAAD to Honor Bill Clinton as 'Advocate for Change'

GLAAD announced today that it is honoring former President Bill Clinton at its Los Angeles GLAAD Awards.

ClintonDeadline writes that the first "Advocate for Change" award will also be given to Hollywood attorney Steve Warren:

The event will be held at the JW Marriott on April 20 and there will be more excitement than usual in the air as this is right in the midst of Supreme Court deliberations regarding the constitutionality of Prop 8 and DOMA, which will have profound impact on gay marriage and whether equal protections extend to gays and lesbians. That landmark decision is expected to be delivered in June. Big star power is expected at the event. Among the confirmed presenters so far are Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence. They are all Warren’s clients. Clinton is being honored for a long track record of pressing tolerance. I

In 2011, Clinton advocated for marriage equality in New York, stating that “for more than a century, our Statue of Liberty has welcomed all kinds of people from all over the world yearning to be free. In the 21st century, I believe New York’s welcome must include marriage equality.” In 2012, he joined the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families in working against North Carolina’s proposed Amendment One to ban marriage and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Most recently, he called for the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in an op-ed for The Washington Post. During his administration, Clinton became the first U.S. President to appoint out gay and lesbian people to all levels of government. He appointed more than 150 including James Hormel as America’s first openly gay ambassador. During the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, his administration convened the first White House Conference on the epidemic, created the national AIDS Policy Coordinator post, and expanded funding for research. In 2002, his Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) began as the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in the developing world.

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  1. I could have sworn that this fine organization just had an awards ceremony. Well this seems about par for the course, honoring someone who signed the most discriminatory act against gay and lesbians in history and who just recently came out for marriage equality after years of damage by DOMA. "GLAAD" or whatever it is called now marches on into irrelevancy.

    Posted by: Taylor | Apr 3, 2013 3:11:37 PM

  2. Um.... OK then?..

    Posted by: James | Apr 3, 2013 3:14:24 PM

  3. I'll be curious to hear his apology at the Marriot on April 20.

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 3, 2013 3:18:30 PM

  4. Will he be receiving the DOMA Award, or the Infidelity in Marriage Trophy? GLAAD is running out of chap stick kissing so many undeserving behinds.

    Posted by: Edward | Apr 3, 2013 3:22:18 PM

  5. If he doesn't acknowledge the damage DOMA has caused to millions of people and apologize for it then I hope he gets booed (although let's be honest the tickets to this event will cost a fortune so only privileged people will be in attendance)

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 3:24:24 PM

  6. I can only hope that the only reason this is really happening is for Clinton to apologize for DOMA. Otherwise, FU once again to GLAAD.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Apr 3, 2013 3:26:30 PM

  7. I really like him, but AMFAR or an organization with a similar mission should honor him, not GLAAD.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 3, 2013 3:26:38 PM

  8. Let's honor the guy that signed both DOMA and "Don't Ask Don't Tell" into legislation. Yep, makes sense.

    Posted by: C.J. | Apr 3, 2013 3:27:17 PM

  9. Ticket prices;

    Platinum Full Table (10 tickets) $25,000
    Corporate Full Table (10 Tickets)$10,000
    Premium Seating - Full Table (10 Tickets)$10,000
    Regular Seating - Full Table (10 tickets) : $5,000
    Regular Seating - Half Table (5 Tickets:$2,500
    Premium Seating - Individual Ticket(s):$1000
    Regular Seating - Individual Ticket(s): $500

    GLAAD clearly only represents rich people.

    Honouring Clinton is a disgrace

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 3:30:43 PM

  10. Didn't Madonna recently give Anderson Cooper an award at some GLAAD event only a few weeks ago?

    Where does all its money go?

    Executive salaries I expect - because GLAAD certainly doesn't represent ordinary LGBT people.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 3:35:40 PM

  11. You must be joking me.

    He and Hillary both have never stuck their neck out for us. They've only ever done what is politically necessary.

    This makes us look stupid.

    Also in general I'm really sick of his post-presidency persona. I'm sick of 'sparkling insights', his ostentatious charity work, his selective Southern accent, and his needless presence on the political stage.

    Posted by: Preludes | Apr 3, 2013 3:36:32 PM

  12. Wow. Some of you just live off being bitter and have no understanding of politics.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 3, 2013 3:36:34 PM

  13. are y'all unaware of what the word "change" means?

    that said, unless his speech directly addresses the shame and guilt over his own past actions and inactions, i'll join you frowners. for now i choose to hold hope that he will indeed address, with specifics, his own CHANGE and his regret and shame for his past deeds.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 3, 2013 3:37:06 PM

  14. Also, compare the ticket prices to a Madonna or Gaga show of late. Things cost money, and this is a fundraiser.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 3, 2013 3:40:40 PM

  15. Ridiculous!

    What a gratuitous headline grabbing groveling thing to do. The President that signed both DOMA & DADT into law? Who's next, Bill O'rielly? I hear he has changed his tune on marriage equality lately too.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | Apr 3, 2013 3:40:40 PM

  16. Paul R: 'This is a fundraiser'

    For what?

    For GLAAD?

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 3:42:38 PM

  17. Why don't GLAAD honor Ken mehlman next?

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 3:43:05 PM

  18. And Little Kiwi - I understand 'change' and if Clinton has changed his tune then good for him.

    But the fact remains that he signed into law the most horribly homophobic laws of the last 40 (George W Bush never achieved something as brutal as DOMA).

    Clinton does not deserve an award.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 3:46:44 PM

  19. Maybe I am just too pragmatic at the ancient gay age of 53, but what the hell else was WJC supposed to do? This is from Wikipedia:

    "The bill moved through Congress on a legislative fast track and met with overwhelming approval in both houses of the Republican-controlled Congress, passing by a vote of 85–14 in the Senate and a vote of 342–67 in the House. Democratic Senators voted for the bill 32 to 14 (with Pryor of Arkansas absent), and Democratic Representatives voted for it 118 to 65, with 15 not participating."

    There was no hope of overriding this bill, which was sent to Clinton by a Republican controlled Congress. This was in September, with his reelection and the election of the entire House and one third of the Senate weeks away. He did the polically expedient thing, for himself and many other Democrats, which makes him, in my view, not a monster, but a politician.

    DADT was a "compromise" designed to prevent the complete exclusion of gays and lesbians from the armed forces. And it did do that, after a fashion. A great day for homosexuals? Obviously not. But again, you might consider the times and the Congress with which Clinton governed.

    Or, on secont thought, don't. Just hurl invective at the guy; be a fearless arm-chair QB watching a rerun of last year's big game.

    Posted by: ken | Apr 3, 2013 3:46:59 PM

  20. No knowledge of politics? Ask Monica Lewinsky. People with "bitter phobia" lead delusional lives. GLADD are the thought police, public relations filter --for a sexuality?

    Posted by: Edward | Apr 3, 2013 3:49:05 PM

  21. But Ken - we've heard all that before.

    And Clinton has not apologized for his betrayal.

    And why on earth is GLAAD honouring a man who threw us under the bus for his own political career.

    GLAAD deserves condemnation for this as Clinton does NOT deserve an award from the LGBT community.

    (Then again GLAAD certainly doesn't represent anyone but their wealthy donors, so I suppose it's a moot point).

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 3:51:43 PM

  22. DADT...that was thought to have been an improvememnt at the time, so I really don't get too rough on BC for DADT. matter what the political calculations, once you sign a piece of legislation you own it (i.e. OBAMAcare)

    Clinton owns The Defense of Marriage Act lock, stock, and barrel. He could have vetoed it (that wouldn't have been wise, politically, although he still would have beaten Dole).

    He could have allowed it to become law without his signature (and why don't more chief executives use that option?)

    He signed DOMA. He campaigned on DOMA. he took out radio ads.

    He owns that baby.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 3, 2013 3:53:18 PM

  23. i'll reserve my fury for after the speech. i think having him go out there and make a great big, vocal, SPECIFIC statement about his shame in these affronts to human equality would know....helpful.

    because it shows that people can change. and should change. because the times they're a'changing. advocate for change. like the award.

    showing people how to progress, as an adult.

    save the anger for later.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 3, 2013 3:57:08 PM

  24. What Bill Clinton did was worse than anything Ken Mehlman did, you know.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 4:03:04 PM

  25. No, Paul, not live off of it. And it really doesn't have to be about being bitter. I get that he has evolved and that is great, but he signed two of the largest pieces of hate legislation into place. I am more dissapointed in GLADD for the obvious celebrity push to get cash....

    Posted by: C.J. | Apr 3, 2013 4:05:43 PM

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