Starting with a video that repeatedly reminded us that we were at the “Oscars for the PR industry,” the event launched into perhaps its most poignant award. Communicator of the Year was given to Edie Windsor, whose courage and tenacity led to the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act. Though she couldn’t be there, there was someone in attendance to accept the award on her behalf. In a statement, Windsor thanked the magazine for the honor, but also thanked the industry — “the real communicators,” she called them — for carrying her message far and wide.
In addition to Windsor, the Human Rights Campaign also took home an award for Best Use of Social Media/Digital. The award recognized the group’s efforts to realize its mission of equality for the LGBTQ community.
The remaining awards were handed out to some familiar names as well as some relative newcomers.