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We Love Ross Mathews!

GLAAD announced today that they will be honoring television personality Ross Mathews with the Davidson/Valentini Award at the 2018 GLAAD Gala in San Francisco.

The GLAAD Gala celebrates and features storytellers who accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ community. The Davidson/Valentini Award is presented to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ community.

Mathews, who is a host on RuPaul’s Drag Race, also has his own podcast Straight Talk with Ross Mathews and was recently runner up and “America’s Favorite Houseguest” for the very first Celebrity Big Brother. He is best-selling author of the book Man Up where he tells the story of his rise from being Ross the Intern for Jay Leno to being the loveable, hilarious, high-pitched LGBTQ icon we know today.

Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO, says this about Mathews:

Throughout his storied career in television, Ross Mathews has brought his undeniable wit and humor – along with LGBTQ visibility – to audiences around the globe. By his work and appearances across different networks and genres, he truly embodies the spirit of the Davidson/Valentini Award.

Mathews has hosted the Gala as well as the GLAAD Media Awards in previous years.

Check out his adorable monologue from the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards:

h/t: GLAAD

Hannah Hart is Stepping in as the Host of 'Pride Live'

The television reboot and revival revolution we are living through is getting a new version of a classic, but with a twist. To close out LGBT Pride Month, Food Network host and best-selling author Hannah Hart will host a three-hour variety show called ‘Pride Live’ on the GLAAD YouTube channel.

Hart is best known for her hit web series “My Drunk Kitchen” which jumpstarted her career as an LGBT icon. Her self-help podcast “HANNAHLYZE THIS” discusses “life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a frank and no bullsh*t manner”. It is no wonder that Hart has been chosen to host this first-of-its-kind telethon for GLAAD. GLAAD is the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization that aims to tackle tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.

Hart says:

There is something exhilarating about being a part of a live moment. As an entertainer who got my start on YouTube, I want the next generation to get to know GLAAD as intimately as I do. I wanted to launch ‘Pride Live,’ to showcase creative queer forces -- from both online and off -- to deliver an unforgettable show for a cause dear to my heart. I am so thrilled to be partnered with Buzzfeed and INTO to bring this show to life.

Just this weekend the Los Angeles LGBT Center held OUTfluence, an event that celebrated the impact of LGBT social media and YouTube influencers on our community and how their voices can be used as a vessel for change. Check out the list of #OUTfluence here!

Pride Live will stream live on June 29, 2018 from 12pm- 3pm PT/ 3pm-6pm ET on GLAAD’s YouTube channel. The interactive variety program will harness the power of celebrities and social media to raise $50,000 for LGBTQ youth. Musicians, performers and beloved online personalities will converge at YouTube Space LA for the event. All proceeds raised will go toward GLAAD’s youth initiatives, including their Amp Your Voice campaign which empowers LGBTQ youth to speak up, speak out, register to vote, and then take the issues that matter most to them to the polls on November 6th!

Performances and participation during the telethon will include:

Betty Who, DJ Flula, Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig, Trace Lysette (Transparent), Laith Ashley (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Isis King (America’s Next Top Model), Brandon Stansell, Sam Tsui, Kingsley, Stephanie Rice (The Voice), Ryan Cassata, Miles McKenna, Trevor Moran, Shea Diamond, Miles Jai, Zeke Smith (Survivor), Cameron Esposito, Jacob Tobia, Wrabel. Taking the stage for special performances will be country artist Brandon Stansell, The  Voice finalist Stephanie Rice, soul singer Shea Diamond, and YouTube sensation Sam Tsui.

Tune in to Pride Live on June 29th and help raise $50,000 for our LGBTQ youth! What a way to show some PRIDE!

 

Lovato Continues To Show Just How Much Of An Avid Supporter She Is Of The LGBTQ Community

Pop star Demi Lovato continues to show just how much of an avid supporter she is of the LGBTQ community.

The "Cool For The Summer" singer has launched a Pride fundraiser for GLAAD on Facebook and its already raised close to $8,000 in roughly 24 hours. 

“Join me in supporting a good cause. I'm raising money for GLAAD and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500," she wrote on the official page."Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support. I've included information about GLAAD below."

"GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.”

 

 

Demi has a cherished history with the organization, as they honored her with their annual Vanguard Award back in 2016. Others who have won included Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and Jennifer Aniston.

You can find the link to the fundraiser here.

NYC Pride and GLAAD Host Incredible 'Game Changers' Series

SVA Theater played host to a very memorable evening this past Friday in New York City, where NYC Pride and GLAAD partnered up to launch an event called Game Changers that featured some of the top transgender talent on television today. 

Award-winning journalist Diana Tourjée moderated a discussion between three of the most prominent actors and actresses on TV. This included Brian Michael Smith (OWN’s Queen Sugar), Amiyah Scott (FOX’s Star), and Jamie Clayton (Netflix’s Sense8).

The four of them bounced off one another beautifully during the hour long discussion of transgender images in the media and its progression over the past several years. One of the major takeaways from that night included Jamie wanting transgender talent to simply be referred to as the character they are playing and not as someone who is playing the role of a trans individual.

Another noticeable moment discussed how long it took for each of them (including Diana) to find any sort of inspiration on television when it came to seeing an actual trans individual. The sentiment was that there are doors that have been knocked down, but there are still plenty more that need to be broken into for the trans community in the entertainment industry.

For more information on NYC Pride, please click here. For more information on GLAAD, please click here.

Halsey Wins GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist!

Pop singer Halsey, who has given us several hit songs to jam to over the past couple of years including "Bad at Love" and "Closer" with The Chainsmokers, was just honored as Outstanding Music Artist at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City.

Although she was not there to accept the award that night, she did send a heartfelt video message about her win on Thursday, where she discussed how special it is to receive the honor as an out bisexual woman. 

She also referenced her hit single, "Bad At Love" (co-written by GLAAD board member Justin Tranter), which showcases the difficulties she faces dating both men and women. 

Halsey also spotlighted the alarming statistic that an estimated 40% of homeless youth in the U.S. is LGBTQ. She has a call to action for all of us: "I beg you to go home and check out your local homeless youth services and see if they offer anything targeted towards the LGBTQ youth. See how you can get involved." 

The GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist goes to an out LGBTQ music artist who released an album over the past year and used their platform to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. Other nominees this year were Miley Cyrus, Honey Dijon, Kehlani, Kelela, Kesha, Perfume Genius, Sam Smith, St. Vincent, and Wrabel

See the clip below. For more information on GLAAD, check out their official website

 

Top 4 Most Amazing Moments From the GLAAD Awards are Here

The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards took place this past Saturday night at the New York Hilton Midtown.  The event was hosted by the one and only Ross Matthews, and had several celebrity guest appearances including Nyle DiMarco, Laverne Cox, Lea Michele and more.

The event celebrates another wonderful year of all the incredible things that GLAAD is doing for the LGBTQ community as well as awarding major movies, magazines, television shows and more that have impacted us in a truly positive way.  

It was a true honor to be there that night, as the room itself was electrified with so many amazing moments that showcased how amazing our community can be when we all get together and try to do something.  Here is a recap of the four best moments from the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

 

 

Adam Lambert and Melissa Etheridge, who are not exactly wallflowers when it comes to how they perform, literally brought the house down with a mind blowing performance of her 1993 Grammy-nominated hit "I'm The Only One." I definitely wasn't the "only one" who noticed just how amazing these two are on stage, as their energy with one another was nothing short of electric.  

 

 

Orange is the New Black and Handmaid's Tale star Samira Wiley was the recipient of the Vito Russo Award on Saturday night, and took the opportunity to discuss her coming out story as well as her incredible marriage with her wife Lauren.  She also had a very important message to give to our LGBTQ youth while on stage: "You are loved. You have a community that is here for you. Is dedicated to protecting to you. And accepts you for exactly who you are, right in this moment."

 

 

Jay-Z's mother Gloria Carter received a special recognition award that was presented to her by legendary journalist and Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts. Her son featured her on his song "Smile", which tells of his mother’s struggles and of his unwavering love and support for her: “Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian. Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian. Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate. Society shame and the pain was too much to take. Cried tears of joy when you fell in love. Don't matter to me if it's a him or her. I just wanna see you smile through all the hate." 

During her speech on stage, she discussed the impact of what coming out has had on her family and several others across the world. The most powerful moment from her speech came when she said "“Love gave me the courage to take the power that I allowed other people to have over my life for fear of them revealing my secret.” 

 

 

The most emotional moment of the night, at least for me, was when NBA star Reggie Bullock came to the stage to discuss his transgender sister Mia Henderson, who he lost to fatal violence back in 2014.  The whole speech brought tears to my eyes, but when he mentioned how he wanted to be the first NBA player to wear a rainbow jersey, I nearly lost myself. 

For more information on GLAAD, please check out their official website

Britney Dances With Her Shirtless Boyfriend and its Everything

Britney Spears was the talk of the gay town at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, where the pop icon received their annual Vanguard Award (presented to a member of the entertainment community who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for LGBT people). Ricky Martin was on hand to give her the coveted honor, which in past years has been presented to other gay icons like Cher, Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli just to name a few. 

Amid all the gay hoopla that she was ecstatic to be around (as was Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon who were lucky enough to get a photo with her), she still found time to get in a couple of dance moves with her unbelievably handsome boyfriend Sam Asghari.

Britney and Sam have been dating for quite some time now, as they first met back on the set of her music video "Slumber Party" last year.  Although they kept their relationship quiet early on, the adorable twosome has been posting pic after pic of them together all over the world, and this latest video of them together proves three things: Britney can still dance her ass off, Sam looks amazing both with a shirt on and without, and there is hope that he may just be the man of her dreams.

The two get up close and personal while dancing to India.Arie's song "Brown Skin" before ending the video with a sweet kiss.  Awe!  For all you diehard Britney fans out there, this is definitely a vid you are going to want to see, cherish and adore all weekend long.

Take a look:

 

 

some days you just got to dance! @samasghari

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It’s Britney the Survivor, Bitch

The legendary Miss Britney Spears has had a storied career; with a catalog of unparalleled hits. She has become one of the most celebrated and endearing LGBT icons of her time. Her voice is unmistakable and she has the distinct ability to whip her gay fans into moments of unabashed frenzy when she utters the word ‘bitch.’  Spears’ journey hasn’t been an easy one as her struggles with mental illness and addiction have been well documented. At one point, media outlets were preparing her obituary.

Looking back on her darkest times, she was unfairly exploited by her ex-boyfriends, the press, and fairweather fans.  She is the ultimate definition of the word survivor. Through it all, she has never wavered in her support of the LGBT community.  She is set to receive the Vanguard Award at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 12. A deserving recipient whose story mirrors struggles so many in the LGBT community encounter.  

Break-ups are difficult emotionally, especially if you are not the alpha in the relationship.  Spears and Justin Timberlake were the ‘it couple’ of their day and an entire generation of young adults looked to them as their couple goals.  Media cashed in on the pair and profited off their every move. After their break-up, Timberlake was positioned as the hero and Spears the villain.  His solo career was built off the back of Spears with an utter disregard for her humanity and emotional well being.

He capitalized on ‘taking her down a peg or two’ publicly by releasing music and using his public persona to shame Spears.  Her character smeared while he became the sympathetic figure. He played into the wounded, faultless victim. The thing is he made a fortune and sold millions of albums off his ‘act.’  Who can forget the song and video for “Cry Me A River?” Timberlake has a history of throwing strong women under the bus. Janet Jackson, anyone? Spears never once used her platform to tear him down as he had done to her.  Cue the beginning of her public mental health deterioration. Any relationship that has love is going to hurt when it ends. It takes a weak man to have added more hurt onto her already heavy heart.

As Spears’ mental breakdowns and drug use progressed the public witnessed her every move. Paparazzi and media recklessly exploited her fall from grace.  Labels like crazy were placed on her. Videos of her crying incoherently, shaving her head, and her infamous MTV Video Music Awards performance of “Gimme More” became part of the news cycle.  Late night comedians and even journalists used Spears’ troubles as punchlines; she became their joke. She had the ‘perfect storm’ engulf her. Heartbreak, intense public attention, her sex symbol status, and her mental issues and addiction all hit when she was most vulnerable.  

It should have been obvious to all that Spears was in a desperate situation.  It is reprehensible that the press added to her insurmountable struggles and downward spiral.   They fed into the power of stigmas and used them against her. They recognized her life was in serious jeopardy, but continued to make light of what she was going through.  Instead of offering compassion they shamed her for sport.

The message sent to the public and those battling mental illness and addiction was an unfortunate reinforcement of stigmas and that those who need help are undeserving of compassion.  The media circus surrounding Spears was detrimental to her recovery and in the fact that instead of providing an education on these issues they stigmatized those suffering.

Most of those who endure these afflictions do so in silence.  Few fully understand what they are going through because mental illness and addiction are rarely talked about socially.  It takes committed healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat these conditions, but when going through the throws alone one is left to ‘white-knuckle it.’  How frightening must it have been for Spears, one of the most famous women in the world, to realize she was struggling, but not understand what was happening to her.  Having her story made so public and taking on a mountain of negative press must have been unbelievably traumatic. One can only imagine.

With the help of her family and treatment team Spears was able to turn her life around.  Her strength, bravery, and determination enabled her to overcome. She has reconnected with her children, had one of the most successful residencies the Las Vegas strip has ever seen, and is set to receive the GLAAD Media Vanguard Award.  Her spark is back and better than ever. She has certainly come a long way since her “Blackout” days and along the way served as a valuable resource for many others; including the author of this article. She navigated uncharted territory that most wouldn't’t have survived.  

Britney Spears gave a much needed, albeit unintended, voice to those affected by mental illness and addiction.  Her recovery not only gave insight and hope to others; it educated the public. Her experience has since helped ease stigmas and changed ignorant ideologies.  She brought the importance of compassion to light. Her LGBT fans never gave up on her, even during her ‘rock-bottom.’ She in turn never turned her back on the LGBT.  Mental health and addiction issues are alarmingly high in the gay experience and it is safe to assume that Spears and the LGBT community have a very special bond. The meme is true: “if Britney could make it through 2007, then you can make it through anything.”  Now, get to work bitch!

Detroit Pistons Star Reggie Bullock Honors Murdered Trans Sister

The world of sports has had a history of having an anti-LGBT rhetoric, however when a situation related to our community hits home for certain athletes, all of that goes out the door as we do what it takes to support our flesh and blood.

Detroit Pistons star Reggie Bullock is doing that and then some in honor of his transgender sister, Mia Henderson, who was found stabbed to death in Baltimore back in 2014. Bullock said that her body was so badly beaten that police initially could not identify her body.

The popular NBA player, who previously played on the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers, has now pledged to take a stand for transgender rights & acceptance.  He recently hosted a  Pride Night at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena and is also joining Athlete Ally, an organization that educates & activates athletic communities to eliminate homophobia & transphobia in sports.

The Detroit Pistons shared a video of him talking about his sister Mia, and his regrets when he was younger for not inviting her to his college basketball games in fear of what his teammates would say.  He's now doing a complete 180 by working with Athlete Ally & GLAAD to take a stand for trans people and their rights.

“What happened to Reggie Bullock’s sister Mia Henderson was a tragedy and shouldn’t happen to anyone,” said Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of transgender media and representation. “But the fact that Reggie Bullock wants to use this as an opportunity to talk about his support for LGBT people, and especially for transgender women, is really incredible.”

“It’s really about what you believe, what you stand for,” exclaimed Bullock.  “I think if my sister wasn’t a part of that community and nothing like this totally ever happened, I still feel like I would probably be a leader to be able to stand up for that community.”

See the video below:

 

 

Gay Extravaganza! Jim Parsons & Adam Rippon Join Britney Spears at the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards

Britney Spears will be sharing the stage with two extraordinarily fabulous gentlemen on April 12th, as Jim Parsons and Adam Rippon will be in attendance at the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills. 

Whereas Adam is simply attending the ceremony, Jim will be receiving a very prestigious honor: GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award.  The Stephen F. Kolzak Award is given "to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance," per GLAAD.  The award is named after a legendary casting director who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBTQ people as well as those living with HIV.

Past recipients of this award include Chaz Bono, Wanda Sykes, Melissa Etheridge, Pedro Zamora and Alan Ball.

"Jim Parsons’ talent, humor and impressive body of work have made him one of the most visible and beloved out LGBTQ actors today,” said GLAAD president & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Parsons not only proudly tells LGBTQ stories through his roles, but also works behind the camera with his husband, Todd, to tell LGBTQ stories that raise the bar for Hollywood and inspire acceptance.”

It was announced back in February that Britney will be receiving this year's GLAAD Vanguard Award, which is presented annually to a member of the entertainment community who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for LGBTQ people.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues.  For a full list of nominees, click here