Advocate 45th Anniversary Party Photos & Recap

By: Rick Andreoli

It was a huge night for the LGBT community as The Advocate celebrated its 45th anniversary. Emcee Ross Mathews, pictured here with Advocate Editor in Chief Matthew Breen, led an evening full of humor, love, and history. Joining in on the entertainment was Grammy Award-winning artist Macy Gray and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.

A digital Heroes Hall of Fame gallery displayed people or groups of people responsible for great advances in the cause of LGBT equality. Here Media CEO Paul Colichman offered opening remarks and accepted an award from Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, which honored the publication for all its work with the LGBT community. Congratulatory videos also came in from notable supporters, including Ellen DeGeneres, Sean Hayes, Ricky Martin, Kathy Griffin, Judith Light, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Larry Kramer, Greg Louganis, Dustin Lance Black, Senator Dianne Feinstein and more.

Additional celebrity guests in attendance included Jesse Tyler Ferguson, David Burtka, Dustin Lance Black, Camille Grammer, George Kotsiopoulos, Mark Deklin, Perez Hilton, Rex Lee, Marisol Nichols, Renee Olstead, Reza Farahan, Willam Belli, Michelle Clunie, Tracey Heggins, Serinda Swan, Drew Droege, Bruce Vilanch, Billy Bean, Gloria Allred, Betty DeGeneres, David Millbern, Miss Coco Peru, and many more. Check out photos from The Advocate 45th Presented by Lexus evening below.

In 1967 The Advocate was launched in an effort to educate and unite the LGBT community about unlawful arrests and bar raids. It soon became an indispensable and necessary resource for LGBT current events, culture, and activism within the community. Today as The Advocate celebrates its 45th anniversary it remains ahead of the curve — covering events and themes that often spur a cultural revolution.