The red carpet was true blue and the night officially Rökk'd thanks to hip sponsor Rökk Vodka -- mighty generous in donations -- but those attending the recent 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco were genuinely moved by the heroic efforts the famed organization has executed over the last 25 years. (Yes, it's been a quarter of a century, folks.)
All this was clearly evident when the night's top honoree, Sex and the City alum and fierce civil rights advocate Kim Cattrall took the stage to receive the the Golden Gate Award.
"It is so meaningful to be here accepting this tribute from an organization that does such important work," Cattrall told the packed house, going on to note how vital GLAAD has been in changing attitudes and perceptions of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in media.
She was plenty sassy, too, pointing out that the shame, bullying, even exorcism being used in trying to make gay people "heterosexual" is "like trying to make Will Smith ghetto or Charlie Sheen sober. It's just a waste of everybody's time."
Attendees seemed to love that comment.
Later, in an amusing segue about how far things have come, Cattrall noted how GLAAD has helped in getting the LGBT community on the wedding pages of local newspapers: "Finally, gay people can have photos of themselves looking fat and nervous in the newspaper, just like straight couples have for so many years."
The Golden Gate Award is presented to media professionals who have elevated the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community through their work. Previous nods have gone to Megan Mullally, Jennifer Beals, Stockard Channing, Cybill Shepherd, Jennifer Tilly, James Schamus and Brooke Shields.
Earlier on the blue carpet -- filled with celebs from Dustin Lance Black (who later grabbed his own award), rugby's Ben Cohen and the night's spirited host Naya Rivera (Glee) -- Cattrall told me in an interview that she felt, overall, there should be more attention on women's civil rights: "There's a lot of misogyny out there."
Overall, the night was a smash, perhaps the hippest, most engaging GLAAD affair of late. It didn't hurt to have a hunky Cirque du Soleil acrobat perform, but with the likes of Black, Bravo's Tabatha Coffey and Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) on hand -- not to mention a robust silent auction and Rökk's hundred-dollar donation each time a celeb uttered the word "rock/rökk" -- spirits were high and the motivation to continue a progressive move forward perhaps even higher.
Outstanding Film (wide release): The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features).
Outstanding Documentary: 8: The Mormon Proposition (Red Flag Releasing)
Outstanding Spanish-Language Music Artist: Christian Chávez Almas (EMI)
Take note of Cattrall's festive acceptance speech here. More red carpet fodder below: