GLAAD held the third installment of its 23rd annual Media Awards Saturday at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, recognizing and honoring "media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives," the organization said in a news release.
Actors Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz and Katie Lowes presented Rhimes with the Golden Gate Award, which is given to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.
"I think that love is universal. And I think in telling LGBT stories, I'm telling everyone's story. Love is, in fact, universal, right? … I want my daughters to grow up in a world in which there is more love than hate," Rhimes said in her acceptance speech. "I'm going to do my best in the future to deserve the honor that's bestowed on me and make GLAAD proud."
Other award-winners included Wells Fargo for the Corporate Leader Award, Facebook for the Special Recognition Award, "Grey's Anatomy" for Outstanding Drama Series and "Days of Our Lives" for Outstanding Daily Drama, the release said. The award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article went to Max J. Rosenthal of the Huntington Post for "Adam and Pete: Love in a Time of War."
Saturday's event in San Francisco wrapped up GLAAD's three-part Media Awards. Earlier ceremonies were held in New York City in March and Los Angeles in April.