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My afternoon at the GLAAD Hancock Park event

Took a few hours off from Outfest in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday (missed the screening of Igloo) to head over to Hancock Park for GLAAD’s annual summer event which is always a wonderful time.

But it took me a full half-hour to drive the four miles from the DGA to Hancock Park and my road rage was beginning to surface!

But got there where my pal Mark was waiting for me and headed straight to the food tasting stations before saying hello to a single person – I was hungry!

Among the eateries offering little nibbles was Charm City Cakes West, Comme Ça, Hamasaku, Michael’s Santa Monica; Milk Jar Cookies; Momed; Taste on Melrose and Tortilla Republic.

If you have about six of the little dishes it adds up to almost a meal and a tasty one at that!

Went over to work the arrivals line a bit and it was so nice to see Darryl Stephens and Peter Paige working it at around the same time. I captured them greeting each other then asked them to pose for me.

These guys may be best known for their key roles on two iconic gay-themed television shows - Noah’s Arc and Queer as Folk, respectively – but they are to immensely talented fellows who have continued to appear in quality projects.

Darryl starred in the TV series DTLA recently which I hope returns for a second season, and Peter is a writer and producer on the ABC Family series The Fosters which he co-created.

How nice it was to see Shane Bitney Crone at the event.

We had a nice interview which I will post tomorrow in which we talked about the tremendous audience reaction to his documentary Bridegroom which was so popular that a second screening was added for 4 pm today. And this morning, it won the Outfest Audience Award for favorite documentary in a year where there were several really good and really popular documentaries.

Congrats to Shane!

Also had a chat with Wilson Cruz, a national spokesman for GLAAD who served as the event’s featured speaker and live auctioneer. It’s such an ideal role for Wilson who has charm to spare, has a quick and sometimes sassy wit, and is smart as a whip – and so passionate about what he is doing.

Will share with you our interview later this week.

I also spotted LA City Controller Ron Galperin at the event – the first openly gay citywide elected official in LA history and was happy to see actor and Real World alum Mike Manning at the event. Also spotted blogger Perez Hilton and former Glee cast member Max Adler.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump had been advertised as a guest but the GLAAD folks said she got delayed taping. I think those Bravo cameras should have just followed her to this event and film her working her considerable English charm.

And finally, it was great to see my friend Monica Tresandes, Director of Spanish-Language Media at GLAAD.

Monica’s first book, Broken Like This: A Novel, came out late last year and I’m going to shamelessly give her a plug and provide you with a link to

Because as Dionne Warwick once sang when she still had a voice, “that’s what friends are for!”



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