Paley Center Of Media Honors TV For LGBT Equality; Norman Lear Honored

On Wednesday night here in Los Angeles, The Paley Center for Media hosted its annual Los Angeles gala, celebrating the important role that television has played over the past six decades in the issue of LGBT equality.

Besides having influential persons from past and present at the event, the gala also marked the launch of an expanded LGBT media collection, which chronicles the history of LGBT images in the medium. The evening benefited the Paley Center's public, industry and education programs.

Honey Maid, which made headlines earlier this year by including same sex families in its recent ad campaign, was the Presenting Sponsor of the event. Co-Chairs were Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Hearst Corp, ESPN and Viacom & Paramount Pictures. Besides many others, the LGBT advocacy organization, GLAAD, also supported the event.

The following are some photos from the red carpet and the event itself. I was on assignment for TheBacklot so you can see red carpet arrivals, including the cast of MTV’s “Faking It.” 


Ellen wasn't in attendance but mother Betty and wife Portia de Rossi were. (All photos Paley Center)


'Transparent' actor Amy Landecker (l) and creator Jill Soloway (r) flank Paley Pres/CEO Maureen J. Reidy

'Faking It's' Gregg Sulkin, Exec Producer Carter Covington, Katie Stevens & Michael Willett

'Queer as Folk' alum Peter Paige, who co-created 'The Fosters'

Betty DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi with the Lyon-Hartley Family (Jason Lyon, Noah Lyon-Hartley, Tim Hartley, l-r), featured in Honey Maid's ad campaign.

'The L Word' alum Katherine Moennig

'The Fosters' stars Teri Polo, David Lambert and Maia Mitchell (l-r)

TV producer Neal Baer ('Under The Dome,' 'Law & Order: SUV") came out last year and was in attendance.

Legendary performer Mitzi Gaynor took a photo with honoree Norman Lear.

'Modern Family's' Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Eric Stonestreet talk Ellen's coming out.

Producer Norman Lear was talking LGBT issues on shows like 'All In The Family' and 'Maude' before anyone else.

For more on the Paley Center For Media, check out the website.

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