GLAAD honored Google, YouTube, Golden State Warriors President & COO Rick Welts & Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry & Sandy Stier at GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Google, YouTube received the inaugural Ric Weiland Award presented by YouTube stars Tyler Oakley & Hannah Hart to Arjan Dijk Vice President Marketing at Google. Rick Welts, President & COO of the Golden State Warriors received GLAAD's Davidson/Valentini Award for his work to promote LGBT inclusion in professional team sports presented by Golden State Warriors Assistant Coach Jarron Collins, twin brother of Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay active player. GLAAD also recognized Kris Perry & Sandy Stier, lead plaintiffs in Hollingsworth v. Perry the landmark case that struck down California’s Proposition 8, with the Presidential Local Hero Award at the event. Peter Paige, the executive producer of The Fosters, presented the award to Perry & Stier. Perry Stated, "Almost five years ago we prepared for the first & hopefully last trial we will ever be a part of! That trial changed our lives forever; a trial where I shared my experience of growing up gay in California's conservative Central valley & how harmful feeling less than was to me." In this exclusive audio interview I chatted with Kris Perry & Sandy Stier who talked about their experience being filmed for HBO’s documentary THE CASE AGAINST 8 leading up to the Supreme Court decision that found Prop 8 unconstitutional & about what affect the experience had on their family.
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