Adam Lambert received the “Hope of Los Angeles Award” from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday (May 30) and Friday (May 31) as part of the City of Los Angeles 3rd Annual LGBT Heritage Month. The ceremony at City Hall officially launched Pride Month celebrating the city’s rich LGBT history. The Hope, Dream and Spirit of Los Angeles Awards were presented to Adam Lambert, Mia Yamamoto, longtime attorney and LGBT activist; and Rodney Scott, President of Christopher Street West/LA PRIDE.
On Thursday in his speech, Mayor Villaraigosa called Adam a “beacon of hope” for children and teens across the country that battle discrimination and bullying. Upon accepting the award Adam shared that his personal mission is to continue to spread the word about the diversity of the LGBT community and to help people feel safe and comfortable. Watch Mayor Villaraigosa present the award to Adam on and Adam’s acceptance speech in the video link below (credit: Janus Janis).
Adam has used his celebrity status to provide hope for the LGBT community and has been recognized by organizations such as Equality California, PFLAG, and GLAAD for his efforts. He has also partnered with The Trevor Project in the past, and is currently involved in their “Live Proud” campaign with AT&T.
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