The Advocate Magazine celebrated its 45th anniversary at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Presented by Lexus, the magazine honored those who have made significant strides in the LGBT community since it launched in 1967. The event also served as the kick-off to a six-month commitment to helping The Point Foundation, an organization that grants scholarships to LGBT students of merit. Tons of celebs from the LGBT community hit the red carpet to show their support.
The night was a celebration of the huge success and major milestone of The Advocate. We caught up with the host of the evening, Ross Mathews (Chelsea Lately) on the red carpet. Ross told us that he was “thrilled to be hosting the event and that it was a huge honor”.
Blogger and television personality, Perez Hilton looked great in a Juicy Couture blazer, with shoes and bag by Jeremy Scott. “I’m a reader of The Advocate, I believe in the power of the media to create change and reform and I’m happy to celebrate 45 years”, said Perez. When asked what the 45 years meant to him, he summed it up in one word, “History!”
The red carpet was filled with celebrities such as: Actor, Tommy Davidson (In Living Color); Camille Grammer (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills); Actors, Marisol Nichols and Mark Deklin (GCB); George Kostiopoulos (E! Fashion Police); Betty Degeneres (Mother of Ellen Degeneres and LGBT-rights activist); Actress, Traci Lords (Blade); Richard Grieco (21 Jump Street), Michelle Clooney (Queer As Folk), Emmy award winning comedy writer, Bruce Vilanch and many more.
The musical performers for the evening were Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, Macy Gray and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
The star-studded event definitely showed why the magazine was able to go from a small publication that started 45 years ago to the world’s leading news source for LGBT current events, culture, achievements, heroes and champions. The tremendous amount of support that was shown by so many people was amazing. Everyone that we spoke to had something positive to say about the magazine. As Tommy Davidson stated, “It’s good that someone is out here fighting for a human right”. His brother, who was gay, (he later died of AIDS) had the magazine sent to him in Seattle. Davidson felt that it was important to come out to represent his brother and what The Advocate meant to him.
I must say, 45 years never looked so good! Here’s to another 45!
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