06/20/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hope, Pride and Courage at GLAAD Awards

Hope, pride and courage were the dominant themes at the 20th Annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamatio (GLAAD) Media Awards, which unraveled with a burst of energy in San Francisco this month. Chatfest darling Chelsea Handler played hostess at the well-attended ceremony, which honored the best in television and journalism. But others turned heads as well. Everybody from the city's mayor, Gavin Newsom, to attendees like finance queen Suze Orman, actors Jason Lewis, Robert Gant, Wilson Cruz and others, delivered spirited commentaries on the advances of LGBT civil rights over the past year. Meanwhile, actor Chad Allen and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black nabbed significant honors for their work. It was the third and final GLAAD Awards event this season -- previous awards were handed out in New York and Los Angeles last month -- and it was met with enthusiasm, delivering the very thing everybody seemed to hoping for: recognition and inspiration.

I was on the Red Carpet prior to the event to interview several of the attendees. Take a peek: