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Soloway and Hayes Acceptance Speeches


The 2016 Outfest Legacy Awards combined glamour, music, comedy and fine dining, all to raise funds for the vital work of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Emcee Harry Shum, Jr. of “Shadowhunters” was one of many FreeForm stars on hand to represent the LGBT-friendly network, which was honored with the Corporate Trailblazer Award, while Jill Soloway and Sean Hayes gave funny, heartfelt speeches as they received, respectively, the Visionary and Trailblazer Awards. Throw in music from Samuel Larsen, a delicious dinner from Redbird chef Neal Fraser and an auction that featured world travel and much-coveted Broadway tickets to see Bette Midler in the “Hello, Dolly!” and attendees got a once-in-a-lifetime evening.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, 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.