Pop singer Mel B (Spice Girls, America’s Got Talent) presented the Davidson/Valentini Award to American Idol alum, Adam Lambert on Saturday (May 11) at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco.
In Adam’s acceptance speech, he talked about the challenges of being an out and proud celebrity and entertainer. Even within the LGBT community, there are differences of opinion on how out celebrities should conduct themselves. Nevertheless, he says, “The best we can do is keep it real, and to spread a message of acceptance.”
“If we can inspire even one person to open their mind or another to be who they want to be, whether they are gay, they’re straight, they’re old, they’re young, man, woman, black or white–then it’s worth being objectified by the sometimes frustrating world of media sensationalism.”
“My goal is to try to represent myself and my community proudly,” said Adam, “We have come so far. Now let’s unify in our goals and take it further.”
The Davidson/Valentini Award, named after GLAAD’s first executive director Craig Davidson and his partner Michael Valentini, is presented to an out LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.
Check out the video below.
You go Adam!