Singer Adam Lambert was the toast of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Glaad) Media Awards in San Francisco, California on Saturday (11May13) after scooping two honours.
Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown handed Lambert this year's (13) top prize, the Davidson/Valentini Award, which is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (Lgbt) media professional who promotes equality for the Lgbt community.
The ex-American Idol contestant opened up about his experience of being a gay public figure during his acceptance speech, telling the crowd, "One person thinks you should be more this, one person thinks you should be more that; the label thinks this, the fans think that; your family wishes this; this community wants you to shut up, that community wants it louder; the conservatives, the liberals...
"The best we can do is keep it real, and to spread a message of acceptance... If we can inspire even one person to open their mind or another to be who they want to be, whether they are gay, straight, old, young, man, woman, black, or white, then it's worth being objectified by the sometimes frustrating world of media sensationalism."
Lambert also shared the Outstanding Music Artist prize with Frank Ocean, while other winners at the ceremony included Alan Cumming's indie drama Any Day Now, which picked up the prize for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.