Vanguard has compiled some of the more memorable quotes from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards, held at The Beverly Hilton.
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the event honored Ariel Emanuel, Co-CEO of WME | IMG and former Senior Advisor to President, Obama Valerie Jarrett. Presenters included MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, comedian Jermaine Fowler and soccer star Robbie Rogers.
Jimmy Kimmel: “The president, of course, is an advocate for traditional marriage, which is a union between one wealthy man and one terrified Slovenian immigrant. Just as Jesus intended.”
Kimmel: “I’m just going to say this on behalf of the straight community: The name of your organization is getting a little bit unwieldly. It’s starting to feel like you pulled a bunch of tiles out of the (Scrabble) tile bag and we’re confused, okay? So we may need a primer on this sort of thing.”
Kimmel: “Please welcome Donald Trump’s second least-favorite O’Donnell, Lawrence O’Donnell.”
Lawrence O’Donnell: “Ari (Amanuel) is my brother from a Jewish mother. It’s not like Ari is like family to me. Ari is family to me.”
Center CEO Lorri L. Jean: “At this event, I normally never worry about who I have to follow. But Jimmy Kimmel? Lawrence O’Donnell? Thank god they’re not lesbians; at least I have that going for me.”
Jean: “To put it in Tweet language, our country is now led by a lying sociopath.”
Valerie Jarrett: “We know we’re in challenging times. I’m so happy to have Jimmy Kimmel here. Drop the mic for you!”
Ariel Emanuel: “We all need those trailblazers to tell their stories and tell them proudly. Because otherwise it’s villains like Anita Bryant who have the megaphone... or hacks like the current Vice President, who are out there hawking conversion therapy and giving employers and businesses a license to discriminate.”
Jermaine Fowler: ”I love it here. There’s so much happiness and so much heart in this room. It’s just beautiful.”
Robbie Rogers: “In today’s political climate and the world that we live in, I think it’s extremely important for athletes to be mentors and just be bright lights … it makes a big difference.”