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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. Mehlman actively worked against gay people to save his own hide, MaryM.

    "I aint gay, THOSE guys are! to prove i'm not one of them let me help you promote anti-gay prejudice"

    sorry marym, i know you wanna keep on hating but you're digging.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 3, 2013 4:07:39 PM

  2. Mehlman actively worked against gay people to save his own hide, MaryM.

    "I aint gay, THOSE guys are! to prove i'm not one of them let me help you promote anti-gay prejudice"

    sorry marym, i know you wanna keep on hating but you're digging.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 3, 2013 4:07:40 PM

  3. I'm waiting for GLAAD to give an award to the Pope next!

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Apr 3, 2013 4:09:38 PM

  4. This is disgusting. Glaad has no credibility left.

    Posted by: pedro | Apr 3, 2013 4:11:57 PM

  5. Having been to many Glad "award" dinners slash fundraiser to pay the executives salary, I have to say Glad is so lame and useless. I once, many years ago, had high hopes for the org. But it declined into a weak hopeless press release mailer that largely exists to have fawning "award" dinners.

    One is very pressed to say how Glad has ever helped anyone, except it's overpaid ineffective staff.

    Glad vs. HRC would be the ultimate losers bowl of flaccid uselessness.

    Those of you who haven't gone, are missing out on nothing but a boring circle jerk.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Apr 3, 2013 4:12:23 PM

  6. Little Kiwi: "Mehlman actively worked against gay people to save his own hide, MaryM."


    But he doesn't own anything as horrific as DOMA.

    That is Clinton's legislation (despite whatever excuses people come up with) and that has damaged more live across the nation.

    Would you support an award for Mehlman - after all he as 'evolved' also?

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 4:19:17 PM

  7. I wonder if any LGBT grassroots groups will protest this ridiculous award?

    GLAAD really ought to know better (but then again GLAAD is all about the money for its own pockets.)

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 4:21:20 PM

  8. I checked the GLAAD Facebook page and its post about honoring Clinton has been removed.

    I suspect the 100 comments querying how Clinton deserves an award after signing DOMA may be the reason.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 4:26:01 PM

  9. I hate Glad and how much they give into gay-hating trans activists who transjack our movement because they hate gays!

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Apr 3, 2013 4:33:02 PM

  10. MaryM, Mehlman hasnt' evolved enough yet. So far, his evolution is the definition of lipservice: sure, he'll say he supports pro-LGBT _____, but when push comes to shove at voting time, his vote goes towards the politicians and the party that still work hard to keep anti-gay prejudice alive in culture, and anti-gay discrimination codified into law.

    nuance and specifics.

    were Mehlman to finally grow a pair and leave the GOP, or remain registered yet be unable to VOTE for them out of good conscience, then YES - i'd support him getting an award for Change. or the "Spinal Emergence Award" or something.

    but for now, Kenny still sleeps with the enemy. and come election time his opposition to anti-gay bigotry is negated by his vote FOR it.

    Clinton's award seems to be called the "Advocate for Change" - what better advocate for change is there than one who has, you know, CHANGED?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 3, 2013 4:37:12 PM

  11. The whole 'Advocate for Change' thing is a joke.

    I believe that Clinton has 'evolved' sure (in part to pave the way for Hillary to run for President in 2016, in part because he has retired and it's a no risk strategy for him.)

    But people who have inflicted a horror like DOMA do not deserve honors.

    He needs to apologize for DOMA and the damage he has caused.

    He has not done so, therefore he does not deserve any honor.

    And it is indisputable than DOMA has damaged the lives of far more people than anything Ken Mehlman did, regardless of Clinton or Mehlman's motivations or cowardices.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 4:44:36 PM

  12. Maybe Kiwi should get an award. He dominates the site. And will the real Andy Towle stand up?

    Posted by: Saad | Apr 3, 2013 5:01:23 PM

  13. Doesn't this Clinton award prove beyond all doubt that GLAAD is a front organisation for the Democrats.

    I vote Democrat, but GLAAD needs to stop pretending to be an LGBT advocacy group if its sole function is to sell Democratic politics to the LGBT community. That's simply dishonest.

    How on earth could GLAAD believe that honoring a man who signed one of the most poisonously bigoted laws (and then advertised that fact in his campaigning) was a good idea (irrespective of the excuses Clinton has been peddling these last few weeks)?

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 5:13:59 PM

  14. if it's indisputable, MaryM, then cite and list the specifics that lead you to that conclusion.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 3, 2013 5:14:29 PM

  15. GLAAD has no credibility.

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 3, 2013 5:16:53 PM

  16. look up the word "Change" in the dictionary, MaryM. this seems to be the source of your confusion and anger.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 3, 2013 5:18:13 PM

  17. Give it to Rob Portman, Mark Kirk, Andrew Cuomo or hell Barack Obama... someone who has actually put his neck out for us.

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Apr 3, 2013 5:22:04 PM

  18. Since the mid 1990's DOMA denies federal benefits to millions of LGBT couples nationwide. Even in states where there is same sex marriage.

    Across the 50 states of the USA in the year 2013, DOMA is still harming same sex couples.

    Bill Clinton has not apologized for it (he's just made some excuses).

    That's more damaging than anything Mehlman has done.

    Mehlman receives (and deserves) contempt.

    Bill Clinton seems to get a pass though(from you anyway).

    I don't care that (5 weeks ago) Clinton decided that he now supports SSM. That is cold comfort to the millions of same sex couples he has harmed.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 5:22:16 PM

  19. Couples in Massachusets who legally married 9 years ago are still denied federal benefits thanks to the Bill Clinton signed DOMA.

    But he's 'evolved' in the last few weeks.

    Let's give him an award.

    It's completely laughable and makes GLAAD look even more ridiculous than it already does.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 5:24:53 PM

  20. what pass? re-read my first comment, MaryM.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 3, 2013 5:28:10 PM

  21. Bill Clinton also signed DADT into law.

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 3, 2013 5:29:50 PM

  22. Well I WOULD give him a pass if he refused to accept the award by stating that he does not deserve it because of the massive damage he has wreaked on the lives of millions of same sex couples, for which he is profoundly sorry.

    Ain't gonna happen though, so both Clinton and GLAAD are inviting these negative reactions.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 3, 2013 5:32:26 PM

  23. The man who signed DADT and DOMA? Um... no thanks. I'm not impressed with his convenient "change of heart" as his wife gets ready to run for the White House.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Apr 3, 2013 5:33:06 PM

  24. Although now in 2013 we can be angry at Bill Clinton for not support equality 100%, I think that we forget that the 1990's was a very different time. There was a lot less support for gay and lesbians right back then than now, so I feel like Clinton made the compromises he had to make so that the lesser of two evils happened.

    Posted by: | Apr 3, 2013 5:37:30 PM

  25. A better name for GLAAD would be FRAUD.

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 3, 2013 5:42:04 PM

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