The audience of a Hollywood awards show demonstrated their opinion of President Bush when boos rang out in the hall each time his name was mentioned during the ceremony.
Filling the Kodak Theatre with sounds of disapproval turned into a game among the participants of the 15th annual GLADD Awards on Saturday. The ceremony is sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Many of the celebrities in attendance relished the chance to slam Bush on the issue of the day for the homosexual movement: same-sex marriage.
Christina Ricci and Adam Goldberg (Photo: Glaad.org)
Arriving at the ceremony, Christina Ricci told USA Today she finds it “offensive and disgusting” that homosexuals’ desire to marry has become politicized. She said she and her boyfriend, Adam Goldberg, will “vote even more Democratic than we usually vote” this year. Ricci co-starred as Oscar-winner Charlize Theron’s lesbian lover in “Monster.”
Quipped attendee Garry Marshall, “California is open to every lifestyle – except Republicans.”
Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy, elicited hearty applause when she declared, “My only regret in life is that none of my children are gay.”
Performer Alanis Morissette told the paper she recently was ordained as a licensed minister via an online course and said, “My fantasy would now be to marry some of my gay couple friends.”
Actor Antonio Banderas, who has portrayed many homosexual characters, was honored with the Vanguard Award for “promoting equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.” He attended the ceremony with his wife, actress Melanie Griffith.
“I am going to be tonight very strongly on the side of those who are fighting for a legal frame in which they can develop their relationship normally in their lives,” Banderas said in accepting the award. “In other words, gay marriage – yes, please! Absolutely yes!”
Filmmaker John Waters was honored as a homosexual in the entertainment industry who has worked to combat “homophobia.”
GLAAD used the awards show to announce a new campaign aimed at promoting same-sex marriage. GLAAD’s “I DO” campaign is a national competition to create a 30-second commercial television spot to push for legal homosexual marriage.
“In a year where the enemies of equality want to define the American family by how many people they can exclude from it, the stakes are high for all of us,” said GLAAD Executive Director Joan M. Garry. “But each of you has the power and the opportunity to make a difference – by using the power of your stories to build a vision of America where equality, fairness and love are values that all Americans share.”