Bill Clinton's Fedora Wins Top Honors at GLAAD Media Awards

The former president was awarded the first-ever Advocate for Change Award at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards.

Known more for his domestic policy than his fashion choices, former President Bill Clinton rocked a fedora and a three-piece suit on the red carpet at Saturday night's GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

Clinton was there to receive the first-ever "Advocate for Change" award. He was a somewhat controversial choice, as it was his signature that made the Defense of Marriage Act into law. Clinton has, in years since, fought for the repeal of that law and lobbied in support of same-sex marriage.

"I want to keep working on this until not only DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act] is no longer the law of the land, but until all people, no matter where they live, can marry the people they love," Clinton said while accepting his award.

The 42nd president explained it was his daughter Chelsea who helped his views evolve.

"Chelsea and her gay friends and her wonderful husband have modeled to me the way we all ought to treat each other without regard to our sexual orientation or any other artificial difference that divides us," he said.

While his speech was quite serious, on the red carpet Clinton joked around, letting Charlize Theron try on his hat and posing with Betty White.

Elsewhere on the red carpet, actress Mary Steenburgen defended her long-time friend. Not only did Clinton sign DOMA into law, his administration also created the "don't ask, don't tell" military policy.

"Actually, [don't ask, don't tell] was a sorrow for him," Steenburgen said. "So, I think he’s spent a large part of his life making up for that. But I tell you this: He’s never not had his heart in the right place, in terms of the gay community."

Other honorees at the ceremony included American Horror StoryThe New Normal and Days of Our Lives.

 

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