The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) July 22 announced that David Bohnett, President & Founder of GeoCities, and Megan Smith, CEO of PlanetOut, will receive special awards at GLAAD's Salute to Interactive Media. This event, the first to honor progress in lesbian and gay online media, will take place on August 20, 1999 at Ralston Hall Mansion in Belmont, California.
GLAAD's Salute to Interactive Media was created as an extension of the highly successful New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies, to honor individuals and projects in interactive media for their balanced and accurate representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
David Bohnett, President & Founder of GeoCities, will receive GLAAD's Internet Visionary Award. The award is given to an individual who has created and maintained unique online resources for the prosperity, well being and growth of a global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. GeoCities, founded by Bohnett six years ago and recently acquired by Yahoo!, has become one of the most innovative and largest Internet community providers in the U.S.. Through the creation of the "West Hollywood" and "Castro" online "neighborhoods," GeoCities has fostered a unique worldwide communication within the community.
GLAAD's Internet Leadership Award will be presented to Megan Smith, CEO of PlanetOut. PlanetOut is the largest gay site on the Internet. The award is presented to an individual who has shown outstanding dedication to supporting the fair and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on the Internet. Smith was appointed CEO of PlanetOut in 1998 and is responsible for sales, operations, management, strategy, business development, distribution, marketing and finance.
"These honorees exemplify the powerful impact lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had online through their talent, vision and commitment to a more inclusive world," said Will Doherty, GLAAD Director of Online Community Development.
GLAAD has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Kansas City, New York and Washington, DC. Founded in 1985, GLAAD effectively mobilizes public response to media coverage and educates media professionals on the community's issues and concerns.
For ticket information, call GLAAD at 415.861.2244 or visit GLAAD Online at http://www.glaad.org.
GLAAD, the nation's lesbian and gay media advocacy organization, promotes fair, accurate and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of combating homophobia and all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.