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Outfest's 2016 Legacy Awards

Sunday night we were able to share in a glamorous, fun-filled evening honoring Jill Soloway without Visionary Award, Sean Hayes with our Trailblazer Award, and Freeform with our Corporate Trailblazer Award. All three were honored for their exemplary work depicting the LGBT experience. They delivered inspiring speeches which were both personal and moving. Truly, they have had an enduring impact on the legacy of our community.

Harry Shum Jr. brought the laughs as our Master of Ceremonies, and Chef Neal Fraser delivered a delicious meal. I am sure many of you would like to watch the speeches and take a look at some of the first photos from the evening. We hope you will share them with your friends.

The goal of The Legacy Awards is to bring to life the invaluable work of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, and to help you understand our urgent need for support. I ask you to consider what preserving our history is worth. This is your opportunity to protect our legacy as a community, to assure that our stories are restored, protected, and remain accessible for generations to come. We are grateful for your attendance, and if you didn’t get a chance to make a contribution that evening, we ask that you consider a meaningful investment in our work and in the legacy of the LGBT community.

  • $100 could help us process and catalog up to five films. Imagine if the Super-8 footage we have of the Harvey Milk “Hope” speech was still languishing in a box?
  • $500 could help us take a short film on a volatile format and create a Blu-ray, ready to be shown in classrooms and festivals around the world.
  • $1,000 could support a screening of a work never seen in public.
  • $10,000 could restore a ten-minute short film before it deteriorates completely.
  • $25,000 would allow you to leave a tangible legacy, with your name or your company’s name on a card in the credits of a restored feature.

How much is it worth to you to help make sure that the film that helped you through coming out, or finally allowed you to see yourself reflected on screen is safe, protected and available for generations to come?

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.Today, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International plus freelanced for others. Valerie donates and works closely with the Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), GLSEN, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal and the Desert Aids Project. She is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her fave getaway Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and the Old Las Palmas area community member. For years Valerie was a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.