HOLLYWOOD — The Kodak Theater erupted into a loud and long standing ovation when T.R. Knight took the podium to welcome everyone to the 18th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Saturday night.
“I’m angry, very angry at the inequality we face everyday and hopefully I can turn my anger into action,” he assured the kudocast, which transcended the standard awards fare and served as both a rally and a reflection on the strides and setbacks the GLBT community faced this year.
Former basketball star John Amaechi talked of his decision to come out in order to be a “lightening rod” to the homophobic sports world; GLAAD prexy Neil G. Giuliano vowed “Never to be silent again”; and Vanguard recipient Jennifer Aniston promised to walk, not in front of the GLBT community, but right beside it.
But that’s not to say it wasn’t also fun.
Special recognition winner Stephen Colbert imagined his new trophy to be “just like an Oscar only wearing short shorts and a vest” when he accepted via taped message.
Matthew Rhys admitted playing a gay man on “Brothers and Sisters” has really changed him. “Since I started playing Kevin my life has improved. I dress better, go to the gym more and soon, I will redecorate my place.”
Jake Gyllenhaal mused, “People say people are brave for taking certain roles. I say no, what’s truly brave is picking out an outfit for this audience.”