VIDEO: Adam Lambert Honored at Equality California Awards

Video by Carol Hagey (for better quality, see Suz526 video, below)

Adam Lambert received the Equality Idol Award last night in a room full of Los Angeles leaders, members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The award was bestowed by Equality California, the largest statewide LGBT-rights advocacy organization working to achieve equality and civil rights for all of California’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. Adam received his award for “using his newfound fame to act as a fearless, outspoken advocate for LGBT kids and quickly won the hearts of youth desperate for positive role models. He shot a video message as part of the “It Gets Better” campaign to help LGBT youth overcome bullying and alienation. He also released a song, “Aftermath,” to benefit the Trevor Project, a national suicide-prevention hotline for LGBT youth,” as stated in the event program. Other honorees included Facebook, receiving the Equality Advocate Award and New York Assembly member Daniel J. O’Donnell, receiving the Equality Leadership Award. Mr O’Donnell is the attorney sponsor of the recently passed New York Marriage Equality Act and also the brother of Rosie O’Donnell. From last night’s program, “In 2007, O’Donnell introduced the Marriage Equality Act which would have guaranteed LGBT people in New York the right to marry. The bill passed the assembly and had the support of then-Governor Eliot Spitzer. But it was blocked by the Republican-controlled state senate. He tried again in 2009 and successfully passed the bill twice before seeing it shot down by the Republicans once again. May 10, 2011, Assemblyman O’Donnell introduced the Marriage Equality Act. Just a few weeks later, on June 24th, Governor Mario Cuomo signed the bill into law.”

Facebook received its award for their leading role in the LGBT community. They recorded the 2010 “It Gets Better” video project, which Adam Lambert had an appearance in. According to the program from last night’s awards, the video “featured Facebook employees telling their stories about being young and LGBT and offering support and encouragement to GLBT youth who are struggling. Following a number of LGBT suicides, Facebook further combatted anti-LGBT bullying by forming a “Network of Support,” which includes partnerships with a range of LGBT organizations.” They have also added “domestic partner” and “civil union” to their relationship status options.

Okay, now that we’re done with the formal reporting, let’s talk about how amazing the event was. First, I was lucky enough to attend this event with Glamworld-famous videographer, the incredible Suz526! She and I drove up from San Diego, having no expectations of what our evening would be like. We didn’t even know until a few days ago that Adam would actually be in attendance! Suz had one other friend at the event, Julie, better known to you all on Twitter as AZGlamFan who came with her husband from Arizona, as you probably guessed. Julie was lucky enough to catch Adam, Sauli and Leila on the Red Carpet. Me? I had a martini in my hand, checking out the Silent Auction items and was unfortunately oblivious to the Red Carpet. Rats. To be honest, I was so happy that Glamberts didn’t take over this affair, as they did the Grammy Rock Star Summit on Social Media. Not that I want to be selfish, but I didn’t want the other honorees to feel shadowed. Fortunately, this was not the case.

One of the sponsors was Blue Angel Vodka, so the most delicious martinis were circulating around the outer reception room, being offered by the most gracious wait staff. The Beverly Hilton certainly knows how to attend to their guests! Hors d’oeuvres were for the taking, but I didn’t want to crowd my hands. It was challenging enough trying to maintain amongst the largest gathering of the most sparkly, well dressed and groomed people I’d ever been in!

Guests were encouraged by the Host EQCA representatives to register and bid on the Silent Auction. I’ve never attended a silent auction and was quite impressed with the set-up. I don’t mean to insult the more sophisticated readers, but I’d like to share their great system. First, the registration desk slid our credit card and we were given a sheet of almost 40 barcode stickers, complete with our private number. Next, we visited tables full of wonderful trips, restaurant offerings, movie packages, art pieces, wine tasting trips, spa visits, gym memberships, and more. Many of these items were completely neutral, but several had content that reminded you what event you were attending. LOL! These were all donated items. Each item had a sheet with progressing dollar amounts listed. If you found something you wanted to bid on, you placed your barcoded sticker next to the dollar amount you wanted to bid. We were told we would receive notice later that night if we won. Unfortunately my bid for the 2 dozen gourmet cupcakes wasn’t high enough. I guess that’s good and bad.

Next we were ushered into the main banquet room for dinner and the evening’s awards. We enjoyed a delicious dinner while key representatives from the EQCA made speeches. (OMG the most fabulous filet I’ve ever eaten and something we named Risotto in Disguise. The trio of chocolate cheesecakes was heavenly too!) Suzanne and I shared our table and the rest of the evening with 3 of the most delightful gay couples, one of which was on their first date. It was so cute to watch them look and giggle with each other! I sat next to Jean-Guy, originally from Quebec and his partner, Joe. I found Joe’s story fascinating when he told me he had 3 teenage sons, and had been married for 17 years. His marriage did not break up because he was gay, in fact he didn’t really explore that until well after the divorce. His 3 sons never blink an eye at accepting their father. One son has told him that sexuality isn’t even a part of his thinking, and they completely accept school friends who are gay. I was amazed all evening of how welcomed we were by this fabulous community. In fact, Jean-Guy and Joe told us a few times how glad they were that two straight women had driven 2 ½ hours to attend this event. Little do they know the lengths we’ve gone to, to celebrate Adam!

One speaker who brought tears and aching hearts to everyone was Wendy Walsh, the mother of 13-year old Seth Walsh, the boy who took his life after suffering bullying. Legislature named Seth’s Law followed. See here for more details.

On the other side of emotions, singer Jasmine Jonas really got the room going when she sang Defying Gravity, from Wicked. As soon as the accompanying pianist played the opening bars, almost everyone in the room let out a cheer. I guess the song has become somewhat of an anthem for the gay community. I just loved the irony, seeing how Adam was in the audience too. Her voice was beautiful. Here’s a clip of Jasmine singing Defying Gravity, from another time.

Before Adam received his award, Kathy Griffin was on stage to present the award to Facebook. She made it an absolutely incredible evening for everyone there when she went off-course and started singing Mad World, hoping Adam would join her on stage. When he didn’t, she took a microphone into the crowd, seeking out Adam, who was loving “making her squirm.” Thank goodness for the quick-thinking of whoever brought her the microphone! Thanks so much to Suz526 for having the video camera going during Kathy’s speech. Now you all get to enjoy what we did too!

Next was the topper to the evening; time for presentation of Adam’s award. Here’s the full video shot by Suz526, with intro by Sam Sparro. At 2:29, a completely human moment of Adam’s was shared with us all, when Adam thought it was his time to come to the stage, only to be told “just a moment” by Sparro.

We can see Adam’s growth in his acceptance as a role model. Remember when Rolling Stone came out and Adam was criticized by a magazine editor (I’m sorry I can’t remember his name, but I know you know who I’m talking about) for not being the right kind of gay public figure? And Adam’s position was he wasn’t trying to be a spokesperson, just a singer? Now, he seems to have accepted that role and is doing great things with it.

I felt incredibly honored to have been given the chance to attend this event. I hope you all are able to support Equality in any way you can. Pardon my preaching, but the world will be a much nicer place with it.

Love ya!


About Carol

I started writing on this site back in May 2009, not knowing what I was in for or where it would take me. I had no idea of the joy and personal satisfaction I'd find here. I never dreamed that I'd get to meet Adam, but that dream came true! The bonus of becoming such great friends with Lila and the other fans is what keeps me going. Music gets me though every day. In addition to Adam, I love Muse, Linkin Park, 80s and finding newer bands and supporting them by attending everything that's within 350 miles. With Adam, the boundaries are farther! Thanks for joining us on this ride! :)


  1. Carol, thank you so much for your recap of the night’s events. I (almost) felt like I was there. You were in very good company and I appreciate their hard work as well. It was a milestone moment for Adam and everyday we are reminded of the greatness that lies within him. So glad you got to be there. Peace and Love.

  2. he’s just the BEST

  3. This was great! Thanks so much for bringing it to us!!!

  4. A most deserved award for an outstanding guy that knows how to be himself & stands up for others as a great role model. Being truthful & honest are only two things that describe him. His great voice & presence will be around for a long, long time & the fact that he looks great too, doesn’t hurt. He has the whole package going for him.

  5. scootersmom says:

    This was a greatly deserved honor for Adam,who is working so hard to start and increase his own career. He takes time for others, such an admirable trait since we know he barely has time for himself. I was thrilled that he received the LGBT EQCA Award, This is not a complaint, just want to mention that there are those of us in the “straight” community who fully support Adam’s work toward equality just as much as we support him in every new venture he enters into, every new song he writes and records. We don’t want any recognition or credit, just wanted you to know we’re out here too, supporting equality whenever and wherever. Even the smallest or the largest effort has to have some positive effect in the longrun. Love you, Adam!

  6. Onegoodwoman says:


  7. Adam was incredibly beautiful in his speech and his appearance. His mom looked hot and so did Sauli. Just all round decent people. Nice to see that they’e still out there. Looking to share a great future with Adam.

  8. Lila - Glamb #3 says:

    What a fabulous night!

  9. I believe it’s OUT magazine, not Rollingstone.

  10. glamity58 says:

    Thanks Suz. Much better than watching the Country Music whatever with Taylor Swift singing.

  11. Thanks Carol and Suz., that was the best. Adam is so well spoken and down to earth. We have know that all along and this just proved it to the rest of the world.
    He also looked beautiful. Thanks again for letting us all share in his night.

    Glamb 616

  12. kat23mogan says:

    He is so smart and so talented…..and gorgeous….Congrats Adam…We are very proud of you!

  13. dramaqueen says:

    a bit put off by the comment “so happy the glamberts did not take over this affair”. you may have felt it but it did not need to be shared. This comment perpetuates the negative connotation of the adam fans called glamberts. Oh yes you attempted to justify your comment, but I am not buying it. we all get the picture. and we are aware of your priviledge. perhaps we can create a caste sytem of adam fans and make sure the right ones attend events he is present at.

    • I’m sorry you felt this way. I didn’t know there were any negative connotations to the term Glamberts. I wear that title proudly! Just to let you know, writing this blog gives me no priviledges. Anyone could have attended this event. Thanks for your comment anyway and I do appreciate your active participation as a reader of this site.

    • Lila - Glamb #3 says:

      I’ve seen other small-ish events (i.e. that Grammy pre-event where they were talking about social media) where it seemed that there were only Adam fans there and no fans of the other people who were on stage. I read Carol’s comment as saying that it was nice that the other recipients had fans there as well.

  14. irish1139 says:

    Carol, thank you so much for a wonderful writeup of that awards show. I loved reading your piece, and the personal story you had to share about the people you met. Keep up the good reporting for us. Thanks.

  15. I am glad for Adam but all this is not my cup of tea. I just love his voice and how he sing. Such a talented singer.

  16. Daffy Doodle says:

    Representing so many others, many who have no voice of their own, takes a little growing into. I think Adam has done an admirable job. He is now confident, funny, and sure of himself. This could not have been an easy journey for him in just two years, but he is doing it brilliantly! His influence can only get stronger in the years to come. He also looked incredibly handsome.

  17. Jasmine Jonas says:

    Thank you so much for your lovely words! It was an honor to perform for such an amazing crowd!! 🙂


  18. Thanks for these videos, Carol and Suz. It was almost like being there. Adam was great as always and Sam Sparro too.

  19. I was deeply saddened when Adam refered to himself as a “Weird fuckin fag”. Adam is a gifted, artist who just happens to have a different sexual preference , than the majority of people in the world. I have a son, who is a few years older than Adam, that has a learning disability, has ADD and is hyperactive. These differences make him the wonderful unique person that he is. He has a sister a year younger than him who in middle school gave a girl a bloody nose for calling her brother a “retard”. Both of my children have grown up to be very loving adults. They both go out of their way to help less fortunate people. My son has a business of his own and is doing very well. I love Adam’s music. Since his alblum came out, he is the only artist that I listen to. I hope that he realizes that some people realize that he is a very gifted artist who happens to be gay. My son is a very nice young man who has some disabilities. To me Adam is not a ‘weird fuckin fag.”

  20. Tu va avoir bientot 30 ans dommage tu es encore jeune,si tu vois allison iraheta tu lui dira bonjour “hello” de ma part
    Bisous Manon
    Je t’adore
    12 ans