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On April 20, 2013, the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards were held in Los Angeles. The most controversial moment came when the Agent for Change Award was presented to former President Clinton, but the evening included many more highlights, including a rousing speech directed at the Supreme Court by entertainment attorney Steve Warren, who received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which honors an openly glbtq member of the entertainment or media community for his or her work toward eliminating homophobia. His speech and other video highlights are below.
In the video below, host Drew Barrymore opens the awards ceremony.
Steve Warren was introduced by Charlize Theron and Leonardi DiCaprio and proceeded to give a speech in which he called Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a bully and pleaded with Supreme Court Justices Kennedy and Roberts to do the right thing.
In the clip below, Alex Pettyfer, Betty White, and Cloris Leachman come out for equality.
In the following clip, Toby Maguire presents the GLAAD Media Award to Perks of Being a Wallflower as Outstanding Film--Wide Release.
In the clip below, Darren Criss entertains the audience with a version of Carly Rae Jepson's "Call Me Maybe," which also references the Supreme Court.