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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 Entertainment Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.