Hogan Lovells’ Dean Hansell Honored with Inaugural Founders Award from GLAAD

LOS ANGELES, 23 April 2013 – Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce that Los Angeles litigation partner Dean Hansell has been awarded the first-ever Founders Award from The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in recognition of his 27 years of service to the organization. Hansell was honored during the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held in Los Angeles on 20 April.

Former President Bill Clinton, who gave the keynote address, identified Hansell in his remarks, saying that the Hogan Lovells partner is “really deserving” of the honor.

Hansell was one of the co-founders of GLAAD/LA, serving as its co-president for three years. Early on, the GLAAD hotline, which provided people with an outlet for reporting incidents of media defamation, was run out of his house. He has opened his home over the years to more than 50 GLAAD events, including numerous membership and board meetings (until the organization outgrew the space), major donor meet-and-greets, and the annual summer event, which typically draws 400-500 attendees, including leading political figures and celebrities.

“This is a great honor and I am humbled to receive this award,” said Hansell, who has served for over 17 years on the GLAAD board of directors. “I couldn’t be prouder to be involved with an organization that has worked tirelessly to increase the visibility and secure full and lasting equality for the LGBT community.” 

For more than 25 years, GLAAD has worked with news, entertainment, and social media to bring culture-changing stories of LGBT people into millions of homes and workplaces every day. More information on the organization, and the GLAAD Media Awards, can be found on its website.

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