ON THE CARPET AT THE GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS – ON SCENE WITH BILL WILSON

BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

When Judge David Young posed with Sister Roma on the red carpet he got down on bended knee and kissed her hand.

<em>TV Judge David Young kneels before Sister Roma during the red carpet portion of the GLAAD media Awards. Photo Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

TV Judge David Young kneels before Sister Roma during the red carpet portion of the GLAAD media Awards. Photo Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

Chelsea Handler didn’t make it down to the end of the red carpet so when I noticed Sister Roma talking to her before dinner started I asked Chelsea if she would mind posing with Sister Roma. She agreed and as she got up I said to her, “When Judge David Young had his picture taken with Roma he got down on bended knee and kissed her hand. She looked at Sister Roma and smiled as she said, “Well that ain’t happening!”

<em>Chelsea Handler poses with Sister Roma while remaining standing. Photo Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Chelsea Handler poses with Sister Roma while remaining standing. Photo Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

During an evening of poignant moments, I rate the speeches given by transgender stars Laverne Cox (contestant in VH1’s I Want To Work For Diddy”) and Calpernia Addams (Transamerican Love Story) as among the most poignant because they reminded us how important it is to tell our stories, all of our stories.

<em>Neil Giuliano, GLAAD President and Laverne Cox, transgender contrstant on VH1's I Want To Work for Diddy. Photo Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Neil Giuliano, GLAAD President and Laverne Cox, transgender contrstant on VH1's I Want To Work for Diddy. Photo Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

Chad Allen summed up part of the mission of GLAAD when he opened his remarks by saying “thank you for taking the business I love, and making sure there is a place for me in it.”

<em>Chad Allen winner of the Davidson/Valenti award which presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community. Photo Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Chad Allen winner of the Davidson/Valenti award which presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community. Photo Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

But the speech that had me using my napkin to wipe my teary eyes was Chad Allen who at the conclusion of his remarks talked about his partner, Jeremy Glazer. He noted it was four years to the day and almost the hour they first met. At the after party as he entered with his partner, Chad stopped to talk. I wasn’t sure so I asked the person with him if he was the person Chad had mentioned in his speech. When he said, “Yes” I told him that I knew what Chad was talking about because I also had a partner. He smiled and said, “Aren’t we the luckiest people in the world?”

<em>Chad Allen and partner, Jeremy Glazer on the GLAAD Red Carpet. Photo Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009</em>

Chad Allen and partner, Jeremy Glazer on the GLAAD Red Carpet. Photo Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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