Kim Cattrall accepted the Golden Gate Award at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards presented by ROKK Vodka at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Kim Cattrall, author and technology expert Kara Swisher, AT&T and the best in film, documentaries and music were honored recently at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, hosted by Glee’s Naya Rivera.
Sara Ramirez, Mario Lopez, Louis Van Amstel, Nelsan Ellis and Dustin Lance Black were among the celebrities who joined the evening’s festivities, presented by ROKK Vodka at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.
Naya Rivera, Ben Cohen and Kim Cattrall
At the ceremony, Dr. Michael Bader presented the Golden Gate Award to Kim Cattrall, who has been outspoken in her support of full equality for the LGBT community. The Golden Gate Award is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Kara Swisher and Michael Bader
Cattrall began her acceptance speech by saying, “My name is Kim Cattrall, and you may be asking yourself why I have been chosen to be the honoree at the GLAAD Media Awards? Well, as many of you know, I played a gay man on a very popular television show for six wonderful years!”
Cattrall continued, “And more importantly, gays and lesbians have been my friends and supporters since the beginning of my career, and it has been an honor to stand up and give them my fullest support, both on-screen and off. And it is great to see Naya Rivera and many of the new generation of young performers doing the same. It is so meaningful to be here accepting this tribute from an organization that does such important work.”
Megan Smith, Kara Swisher, and their two children
Also at the event, technology journalist Walt Mossberg presented the Local Hero Award to former Wall Street Journal columnist and co-executive editor of the All Things Digital Web site, Kara Swisher, who has also written about her life as a lesbian and her marriage to Google executive Megan Smith.
GLAAD also presented the Corporate Leader Award to AT&T, which was accepted by Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California. GLAAD recognized AT&T’s LGBT-inclusive policies, including protection against discrimination, providing enhanced healthcare benefits access for legally recognized partners and transgender employees, providing enhanced retirement plans to allow legally recognized partners to qualify as survivors, and family and medical leave for gay and lesbian employees.
Writer and director Lisa Cholodenko accepted the award for the wonderful film The Kids Are All Right, which received the nod for Outstanding Film Wide Release.
John Gidding, Dustin Lance Black and Louis Van Amstel
Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black was on hand to accept the award for Outstanding Documentary on behalf of 8: The Mormon Proposition, which he narrated.
The award for Outstanding Spanish-Language Music Artist was accepted by openly gay Mexican pop star Christian Chavez, for his first solo album Almas transparentes.
“The media has a huge role in growing acceptance and understanding of gay and transgender people,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “When Americans see images and stories like those presented by this year’s award recipients, more and more people side with equality for all.”
Naya Rivera, who plays Santana on Fox’s Glee, hosted the evening, and Cirque du Soleil performed an act from their show Zumanity for the capacity crowd.
Other guests and presenters at the event included John Gidding (Designed to Sell); Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right); Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy); Nelsan Ellis (True Blood); Dustin Lance Black (8: The Mormon Proposition); Louis Van Amstel (Dancing with the Stars); Mario Lopez (Extra); Gbenga Akinnagbe (Nurse Jackie); Tabatha Coffey (Tabatha Takes Over); Yigit Pura (Top Chef: Just Desserts); international rugby star Ben Cohen; openly gay Mexican pop star Christian Chavez; Fort Worth City Councilmember Joel Burns; and GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.
Bravo’s Tabatha Coffey
HGTV’s John Gidding
This year, GLAAD expanded its Young Adults Program to San Francisco. Support from corporate partners like Bridgestone Americas and Cirque du Soleil, and GLAAD supporters Glenn Close, Alan Cumming, Tom Ford & Richard Buckley, Suze Orman, Bishop Gene Robinson, Barbara Walters, and the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor allowed GLAAD to offer free tickets to the event to over 80 young people from the greater San Francisco area. Students affiliated with GSA Network, COLAGE, and LYRIC enjoyed the show and a private pre-reception.
In addition to providing the means for a celebratory evening, ROKK encouraged presenters and award winners to incorporate “ROKK” into their speeches as part of the “I Wanna ROKK” campaign. For every “ROKK” said during the show, ROKK donated $100 to GLAAD. Bringing the fun into fundraising, they raised $7500!
Tags: Alan Cumming, Barbara Walters, Ben Cohen, Donna Sachet, Dustin Lance Black, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Glenn Close, Jarrett Barrios, John Gidding, Kara Swisher, Ken McNeely, Kim Cattrall, Lisa Cholodenko, Louis Van Amstel, Mario Lopez, Megan Smith, Naya Rivera, Nelsan Ellis, Richard Buckley, Sara Ramirez, Suze Orman, Tabatha Coffey, Tom Ford, Walt Mossberg, Yigit Pura
With Sloan and Roger Barnett, Sabrina Buell and Yves Behar, Jean-Pierre Conte, and Alison and Mark Pincus, Gucci recently hosted a private cocktail party at the San Francisco store to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the loafer, and the new 1953 collection for men and women.
Catherine Kwong’s living room, inspired by Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger, is one of the highlights of the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, taking place at 2800 Pacific Avenue.
Michael S. Smith was recently honored at Hedge Gallery in San Francisco at a party hosted by Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty and Allison Speer. His design work for a Palladian Villa in Malibu is being put up for auction at Christie’s in New York. Nicolas Berggruen, Princess Tatiana Galitzine, Dede Wilsey, and Sabrina Buell were among the guests.
Deepa Pakianathan and Phil Pemberton recently hosted a reception for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in anticipation of its upcoming Gala on April 20, 2013, which pays tribute to legendary opera baritone and Conservatory Advisory Board member Thomas Hampson.
Conservatory mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook directs and stars in a program featuring special performances by Hampson with Conservatory students, faculty and guest artists. Teresa Medearis and Barbara Walkowski co-chair the event, with catering by McCall’s Catering and Events and decor by Blueprint Studios.
Tickets for this very special occasion can be purchased at www.sfcm.edu
UCSF Partners in Care recently held its 2013 kick-off membership event at Reed & Greenough. Membership co-Chairs Schuyler Hudak and Libby Leffler hosted the launch party and kicked off the well-attended evening with brief remarks, followed by UCSF Partners in Care President Katie Budge, who spoke about the services that the auxiliary organization provides to the hospital.
UCSF Partners in Care works with UCSF hospital staff to fund programs that provide comfort and well-being to patients and their families while visiting the UCSF medical center.
Guests enjoyed spirited greyhounds nicknamed “Doctor’s Orders,” and a “Members Only” wine special while noshing on sweet treats from Kara’s Cupakes, and savory sliders and arancini from Cedar Hill Kitchen and Smokehouse.
Please visit www.ucsfpartnersincare.org for more information about this important organization.
Renowned European designer Ms. Madeline Pauw recently made an appearance at a delightful luncheon at Saks Fifth Avenue in San Francisco, where her Spring 2013 collection was presented.
The Pauw collection is designed by Madeleine Pauw, daughter of the original founders. Pauw is known for its luxurious fabrics and soft touches of femininity while integrating just a splash of masculine undertones, but always keeping the fit and style in mind for the female physique. The company has been in business for over 50 years, and originally was created in the Netherlands where it currently has 29 stores.
You can purchase pieces from Pauw at Saks Fifth Avenue at 384 Post Street, San Francisco, or online at Saks Fifth Avenue
The Mid Winter Gala for 2013 honored the exhibit, “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis” with a chic winter wonderland that raised over $400k. Marissa Mayer, Jonathan Ive, Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty, Dick Costolo, Stephan Jenkins, Connie Nielsen, Lori Levine, Evgenia Peretz, Jeremy Stoppelman, Trevor Traina, Allison Speer and Kathryn Lasater were among the 380 who attended.
Stephanie Phair, the managing director of Outnet.com, recently visited from London to host a luncheon previewing Oscar de la Renta’s new limited edition collection designed exclusively for The Outnet.
The Italian artist, Paolo Troilo, recently debuted his first U.S. exhibit at Coup d’Etat, the most exceptional designer space in San Francisco.
Sponsored by Testa Vineyards, the event brought together San Francisco tastemakers such as Jack Calhoun, Stephen Brady, Gary Friedman, Joy Bianchi, Anna Weinberg, Ken Fulk, and Jamie Finegold, among others.
The exhibit will run at Coup d’Etat until May 2013.
Visit Coup d’Etat at 111 Rhode Island, or online at coupdetatsf.com
The International Museum of Women (IMOW) hosted its annual Celebrating Change Benefit on March 6th, 2013, and the associated Vanguard Group hosted its Art Live Lounge benefit.
This year’s benefit featured IMOW’s second annual Innovator Award for Women in Technology, presented to Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cisco Systems.
The International Museum of Women is an innovative online museum that showcases art, stories and ideas to celebrate, inspire and advance the lives of women around the world. With the support of over 500 guests, IMOW raised over $200,000 to benefit its mission and exhibitions. Guests enjoyed a night of art and inspiration from the museum’s virtual collection, music, networking and dancing, while watching notable female artists create original artwork.
Learn more about the International Museum of Women at www.imow.org
Jay Jeffers recently designed three of the 23 penthouses of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Lake Tahoe. The homes range from $1,250,000 to $4,500,000 in price.