Bill Clinton to Receive LGBT Advocate Award
If there are any signs that times are changing, then this is one of them.
Former President Bill Clinton, the same man who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, will be honored with the “Advocate for Change” Award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
GLAAD said it will be awarding the politician with the accolade for supporting the passing of gay marriage in New York State, his 2012 fight against North Carolina’s Amendment One, which proposed to ban gay marriage and civil unions in the state, and his recent letter in The Washington Post apologizing for DOMA.
The 1996 federal law, which Clinton approved, defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman for legal purposes. The law is currently being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court.
“During his administration, Clinton became the first U.S. President to appoint out gay and lesbian people to all levels of government,” GLAAD said in a release.
“He appointed more than 150, including James Hormel as America’s first openly gay ambassador. During the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, his administration convened the first White House conference on the epidemic, creating the national AIDS Policy Coordinator post, and expanded funding for research. In 2002, his Clinton Health Access Initiative began as the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in the developing world.”
The event will take place in Los Angeles on April 20. Some of the presenters expected to participate in the ceremony include Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, and Jennifer Lawrence.