GLAAD Media Awards to Honor Bill Clinton

Democratic Convention Bill Clinton - H 2012
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Democratic Convention Bill Clinton - H 2012

Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence will present at the April 20 event.

Former President Bill Clinton will be honored with the first Advocate for Change Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

"President Clinton's support of the LGBT community and recognition that DOMA, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, is unconstitutional and should be struck down shows that the political landscape continues to change in favor of LGBT equality," said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz in a statement. "Leaders and allies like President Clinton are critical to moving our march for equality forward."

In 2011, Clinton advocated for marriage equality in New York, and a year later, joined the Coalition to Protect North Carolina Families in working against the state's proposed Amendment One to ban marriage and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. He recently called for the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Entertainment lawyer Steve Warren, a name partner at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman Rush & Kaller LLP, will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which honors openly LGBT media professionals who have made a difference in promoting equality in the community.

"Steve Warren's work and career have opened doors for out professionals across the entertainment industry," said Cruz. "In addition to advocating for LGBT people, he has continuously mobilized a large base of high-profile allies to help bring about social change."

Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence will serve as presenters.

The GLAAD Media Awards are set to take place on April 20 at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles.

The final GLAAD Media Awards will take place in San Francisco on May 11, when Adam Lambert will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award.

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