With a sold-out crowd buzzing like they were on a Four Loko
binge, GLAAD's 9th annual OUT Auction, featuring GLAAD's Top 100
Artists, blanketed the Metropolitan Pavilion with art and
celebrities such as The Fabulous Beekman Boys, David Bromstad,
Amanda Lepore, Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Sheree Whitfield - and
about 600 art mavens balancing Rokk Vodka cocktails in one hand
while bidding up the work.
Host Jill Zarin, from Real Housewives of NYC, used her megaphone
voice to stunning effect, silencing the crowd long enough to
hear about GLAAD's role in increased LGBT media visibility.
Meanwhile, the Rokk Vodka flowed from the bars like the
The 2010 OUT in Art Award went to David LaChapelle (currently
celebrating his 20th year photographing downtown denizens and
Hollywood stars), who was introduced by his dear friend and
style muse, Daphne Guinness (who looked as stunning as her
introduction was heartfelt). With an eloquent acceptance speech,
LaChapelle emphasized the incremental progress of LGBT freedoms,
and how much more remains to be done for LGBT youth.
By night's end, the prices on the art were as high as the crowd:
another GLAAD success story.