THE ADVOCATE TURNS 45!

HEROES AND CHAMPIONS IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY CELEBRATED AT THE ADVOCATE 45TH PRESENTED BY LEXUS WITH EMCEE ROSS MATHEWS AND SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY GRAMMY® AWARD WINNING ARTIST MACY GRAY AND GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES.

MACY GRAY BRINGS DOWN THE HOUSE AS THE ADVOCATE CELEBRATES 45 YEARS

Los Angeles, CA (March 30, 2012) The Advocate, the world’s leading gay news source, celebrated its 45th anniversary with a gala event featuring emcee Ross Mathews and special performances by Grammy® Award-winning artist Macy Gray and Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29th at The Beverly Hilton Hotel’s world-renowned International Ballroom in Beverly Hills, CA.  The Advocate 45th Presented by Lexus , which benefited the Point Foundation, honored the heroes and champions who have made significant strides in the LGBT community over the past 45 years.

MACY GRAY AND THE NIGHT'S EMCEE ROSS MATTHEWS

The event opened with a performance by Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, who sang a rendition of Katy Perry’s “Firework,” followed by remarks from Here Media CEO Paul
Colichman, The Advocate Editor-in-Chief Matthew Breen
, and emcee Ross Mathews, among others. Guests were then treated to short congratulatory videos from various notable supporters including Ellen DeGeneres, Ricky Martin, Kathy Griffin, Sean Hayes,
Judith Light, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Larry Kramer, Greg Louganis, Dustin Lance
Black, Senator Dianne Feinstein
and more, along with a performance by Grammy® Award-winning artist Macy Gray who sang a 3-song set including “Nothing Else Matters, a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” and “I Try. DJ Beau Dasher provided music throughout the evening.

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, DAVID BURTKA AND DUSTIN LANCE BLACK

The event also featured a captivating digital gallery display of the complete Heroes Hall of Fame, a list of individuals composed of a person or group of people chosen each year by The Advocate who have been responsible for great advances in the cause of LGBT equality. The honorees include: Jerry Joachim (1967), Pat Rocco (1968), Willie Brown, Jr. (1969), Dr.
Franklin Kameny
(1970), Jack Baker (1971), Madeline Davis (1972), Lance Loud (1973), Elaine Noble of Mass. (1974), Oliver William “Bill” Sipple (1975), Dave Kopay (1976), Harvey Milk (1977), Dianne Feinstein (1978), Robin Tyler, Lucia Valeska, Rev. Troy Perry and Phyllis Frye (1979), Gov. Jerry Brown (1980), Billie Jean King (1981), Rep. Henry Waxman (1982), Sheryl Lee Ralph (1983), Robert Gallo (1984), David Goodstein (1985), Donna Deitch (1986), ACT UP/Larry Kramer (1987), Sir Ian
McKellen
(1988), Edward Albee (1989), Bill T. Jones (1990), Patricia Ireland (1991), k.d. lang (1992), Roberta Achtenberg (1993), Pedro Zamora (1994), Roseanne (1995), Judith Light (1996), Ellen DeGeneres (1997), Matthew Shepard (1998), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (1999), Rudy Galindo (2000), Mark Bingham and Mychal Judge (2001), Rosie O’Donnell (2002), Bishop V. Gene Robinson (2003), Cynthia Nixon (2004), Melissa Etheridge (2005), Health Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal (2006), Hillary Clinton (2007), Dustin Lance Black (2008), Adam Lambert (2009), Chaz Bono (2010), Dan Choi (2011), and Rep. Barney Frank (2012).

ACTRESS SERINDA SWAN

Additional celebrity guests in attendance included Jesse Tyler Ferguson, David Burtka, Dustin Lance Black, Camille Grammer, George Kotsiopoulos, Mark Deklin, Perez Hilton, Rex Lee, Marisol Nichols, Renee Olstead, Reza Farahan, Willam Belli, Michelle Clunie, Tracey Heggins, Serinda Swan, Drew Droege, Bruce Vilanch, Billy Bean, Gloria Allred, Betty DeGeneres, David Millbern, Miss Coco Peru, and many
more.

PEREZ HILTON

REX LEE

In 1967 The Advocate was launched in an effort to educate and unite the LGBT community about unlawful arrests and bar raids. It soon became an indispensable and necessary resource for LGBT current events, culture, and activism within the community. Today as The Advocate celebrates its 45th anniversary it remains ahead of the curve — covering events and themes that often spur a cultural revolution. Lexus (www.lexus.com), the luxury brand committed to diversity, is the presenting sponsor for the red-carpet gala celebration. Hilton Hotels & Resorts (www.hilton.com), the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, also serves as a sponsor for the evening. Hilton hosted the event in the International Ballroom at The Beverly Hilton from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.  Black Label Events ( www.blacklabelevents.com) produced the  celebration under the creative leadership of partners Carl Rumbaugh and Mel Berman.

GCB'S MARK DEKLIN AND MARISOL NICHOLS

About Point Foundation

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students of merit. Point provides financial support,
leadership training, mentoring and hope to LGBT individuals who are marginalized
because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Point provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation’s foremost higher educational institutions and its donors and mentors with the rare satisfaction of directly investing their resources and time in future generations of leaders. Point Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization.  For more information log onto: www.pointfoundation.org and follow: www.facebook.com/pointfoundation and www.twitter.com/pointfoundation.

ACTRESSES SERINDA SWAN AND RENEE OLSTEAD

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
One of the most recognized names in the industry, Hilton Hotels & Resorts stands as the stylish, forward thinking global leader in hospitality. From inaugural balls and Hollywood award galas to business events and days to remember, Hilton is where the world makes history, closes the deal, toasts special occasions, and gets away from it all. The flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide continues to build upon its legacy of innovation by developing products and services to meet the needs of tomorrow’s savvy global travelers while more than 144,000 Team Members shape experiences in which every guest feels cared for, valued, and respected. Today, the Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio includes more than 540 hotels in 78 countries and the brand remains synonymous with “hotel.” Access the latest Hilton news at www.hiltonglobalmediacenter.com or begin your journey at www.hilton.com. Social media users can engage with Hilton at www.twitter.com/hiltononline, www.facebook.com/hilton and www.youtube.com/hilton. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.

THE GAY MEN'S CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES

About Lexus
Since it began in 1989, Lexus has earned a reputation for high-quality vehicles and exemplary customer service from its 229 dealers.  Lexus now offers variations of more than 10 models, including four hybrid vehicles, making it the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus’ commitment to service includes a dedication to diversity. Through innovative partnerships, creative marketing and strategic sponsorships, it reaches a wide spectrum of consumers where it matters most — in their communities.
About Here Media
Here Media Inc. produces and distributes niche content across all platforms worldwide. Here Media’s iconic brands distribute gay media with universal, humanistic appeal. Its distribution
platforms include television, VOD, broadband, online, print, and mobile.  Here Media owns and operates a variety of media assets, including:
• Iconic brands including OUT, The Advocate, here! TV, Gay.com, and Alyson Books
• Web properties including Gay.net, Advocate.com, Out.com, OutTraveler.com, and SheWired.com
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