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Celebrities shine on GLAAD's New York City red carpet

GSN's camera was ready at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
Boy George, on the red carpet, at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards (New York City)
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The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards attracted A-List LGBTI glitterati. Gay Star News was there to take a few photos and ask some questions.

The media watchdog's gala was held in New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Actor George Takei was the star of the evening as recipient of the Vito Russo Award. The honor is reserved for an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.

GSN caught up with Boy George. We asked the pop star, who is headed back home to London, what he considered the next big step on the equality front.

He noted it was time for world leaders to be more proactive when anti-gay laws are passed in countries like Uganda, Nigeria, and Russia.

'We need leaders to be more vocal and stand up for us,'  Boy George said. 'It makes me sad there isn't more of a reaction,' he continued.

GLAAD Spokesperson Omar Sharif Jr thinks the next front will be protecting students from bullying.

'We'll have to take back one classroom at a time,' Sharif said.

Twelve-year-old Marcel Neergaard would agree. The Tennessee youngster, who took on anti-gay politicians who supported a bill requiring teachers to out LGBTI students, received a standing ovation during the ceremony.

'I want to show the bullies they didn't win,' he said to the audience.

Yael Stone, who plays Lorna Morello in Orange is the New Black, was honored to be associated with an organization that works to make sure 'people are seen as people.'

For more pictures from tonight's event, please click here.

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