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November 25, 2013

US LGBTI media watchdog chooses its new bosses

GLAAD's new leader is media executive Sarah Kate Ellis, the media watchdog organization announced Monday (25 November).

Ellis fills a job left vacant last May by Herndon Graddick who stepped down last May after just over a year as head of  GLAAD which promotes the image of LGBTI people in the media.

Ellis will begin her new job as CEO and president in January 2014 and be based in GLAAD's New York City office.

November 15, 2013

Says Baldwin can't say he supports LGBTI equality 'while degrading gay people'

GLAAD is calling Alec Baldwin out on his 'pattern' of anti-gay slurs.

'Mr. Baldwin can’t lend his support for equality on paper, while degrading gay people in practice,' GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro said in a statement Thursday (14 November), hours after the actor could be seen and heard on video calling a photographer a 'cocksucking fag.'

November 8, 2013

Jennifer Boylan to share duties at LGBTI media advocacy organization with Steve Warren

GLAAD, a group that didn't include transgender people in its original acronym, today appointed a transgender woman as co-chair of its board of directors.

The media advocacy organization no longer uses the original name of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and instead is simply known as GLAAD.

Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, a transgender woman, is now co-chair of the national board of directors along with a gay man, Steve Warren.

October 28, 2013

The show mocked a scantily clad ‘gay’ Superman, but a real-life Superman gay dad is please his family is not going to be exposed to it

October 16, 2013

Festival favorite will air on OWN this month

The powerful documentary Bridegroom brought many in a star-studded audience to tears at the film's Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday (15 October).

Adam Lambert, who allowed his song Outlaws of Love to be used on the film's soundtrack, was in attendance and later tweeted: 'Humbled to be part of this beautiful film!'

Other celebrities in the audience included multiple Emmy winner Lily Tomlin, Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., director Adam Shankman and out actor and GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz.

October 11, 2013

Shows like Modern Family, Glee and Pretty Little Liars contribute to strong representation

With its array of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters, the musical-comedy series Glee helps to make the FOX network the most LGBT inclusive broadcast US television network.

The media advocacy organization GLAAD released its 7th annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI) and the 18th annual Where We Are on TV Report on Friday (11 October) and gave some networks high grades while others struggled.

October 11, 2013

Shows like Modern Family, Glee and Pretty Little Liars contribute to strong representation

With its array of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters, the musical-comedy series Glee helps to make the FOX network the most LGBT inclusive broadcast US television network.

The media advocacy organization GLAAD released its 7th annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI) and the 18th annual Where We Are on TV Report on Friday (11 October) and gave some networks high grades while others struggled.

June 26, 2013

Court's ruling only impacts California, nation's most populous state

Same-sex marriage will resume in California after the US Supreme Court dismissed a case challenging a lower court ruling which declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

The ruling was announced moments after the court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in a separate ruling. See that story HERE.

May 21, 2013

Spokesman Wilson Cruz tells GSN: 'GLAAD has been here for 28 years and we're not going anywhere'

There was surprise and some raised eyebrows when Herndon Graddick resigned last week as president of the media monitoring organization GLAAD after just over a year.

But GLAAD's national spokesman, Wilson Cruz, tells Gay Star News that there is no scandal connected to Graddick's departure.

May 17, 2013

Had been conspicuously absent from recent events, does not give reason for departure

After just 13 months on the job, GLAAD president Herndon Graddick has resigned.

'I'm proud to leave GLAAD with a stronger, more efficient organization and an incredibly talented and experienced Board and staff,' Graddick said in a statement. 'I'm happy the role I was able to play in advancing the need for our community to fully support the rights of our transgender brothers and sisters.'

May 13, 2013

US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called to remember history of anti-interracial marriage laws at the GLAAD Media Awards ceremony

US Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia were requested do the right thing by LGBT families at last night's (11 May) GLAAD Media Awards, held in San Francisco.

Steve Warren, member of GLAAD's board of directors, made a special appeal to the well known conservative judges. In his speech, he noted that Justice Thomas' marriage, before 1967, was illegal in a number of states.

March 14, 2013

Newspaper's use of such terms as  'trannies' and 'she-males' cited as reason

When Madonna, Anderson Cooper and others walk the red carpet at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday (16 March), the New York Post will not be among the news outlets chatting them up.

GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has refused to grant The Post press credentials to cover the New York City event. They cite the paper's 'history of anti-transgender coverage.'

March 2, 2013

Andersoon Cooper will receive his GLAAD media award from Madonna

The upcoming GLAAD Media Awards instantly turned a little bit more fabulous-er. The media rights organization announced today (2 March) Madonna will make a presentation to Anderson Cooper.

Madonna will give the CNN reporter the Vito Russo Award on 16 March.

'From speaking out against bullying to raising support for marriage equality, Madonna has always been one of our community's strongest allies, said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick in a statement. 'We are honored to have her stand with GLAAD and Anderson Cooper.'

January 24, 2013

Wants disclaimer aired before episodes of  show Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?

National Geographic Channel's new series Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? is the focus of an online petition and the ire of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation because of the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policies.

The reality show has adult civilians from all walks of life going head-to-head with Boy Scouts as they compete in challenges based on the Scouts' 100-year-old handbook in a bid for merit badges.

October 16, 2012

Conservative political commentator makes joke about family rejection of LGBT youth

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Tuesday (16 October) blasted conservative political commentator Ann Coulter for tweeting that 'last Thursday was national 'coming out day.' This Monday is national 'disown your son' day.

October 5, 2012

GLAAD study finds ABC channel leading way, while programs Glee and True Blood have lion's share of LGBT characters

The number of gay characters on US television has reached a record high, according to a new study.

The Where We Are on TV report by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation reviewed scripted LGBT primetime characters in the upcoming 2012-2013 television season.

It found that after a decrease last year, the number of regular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on broadcast networks has risen to the highest ever recorded, while the overall LGBT character count also increased on cable television.

September 4, 2012

My So-Called Life and Noah's Arc star is new Strategic Giving Officer

Wilson Cruz has long mixed his acting roles with his LGBT activism.

Now the actor is putting his activism on the front burner by joining the staff of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation as its Strategic Giving Officer.

Cruz begins work today (4 September) as part of GLAAD's development team as he works to help to fund the organization's work amplifying LGBT stories.

August 30, 2012

A new report shows there is an increase in LGBT characters on almost every American TV network

A new GLAAD report shows LGBT presence on America's TV channels are continuing to grow with an acceptance of gay people and famlies at an all time high.

America's gay media advocacy group Gays and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released its sixth annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI) report today (30 August), which maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people on television.

August 24, 2012

GLAAD president condemns anti-gay stance of FRC and NOM

Herndon Graddick, the president of the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has hit out at anti-LGBT organizations following the shooting at the Family Research Council's (FRC) headquarters last week.

Writing in the Huffington Post, GLAAD’s President Herndon Graddick said: ‘The shooting that took place at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council last week was a tragedy. The security guard who apprehended the shooter is a hero.

‘The actions of anti-gay groups in the aftermath have been nothing short of reprehensible.’

August 14, 2012

Sunday's episode of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva tells story of man arrested for donating sperm

The next episode of the drama Drop Dead Diva sheds light on a little-known US law that makes it illegal for a man to donate sperm if he's had sex with another man during the past five years.

Airing on Sunday (19 August), the episode tells the story of a gay man, played by Tyler Jacob Moore, who is arrested for donating sperm.

August 9, 2012

Among the many offenses, audience members allowed to chant gay slurs at man they thought to be gay

The Spanish-language talk show José Luis Sin Censura has been taken off of the air after more than a year of pressure from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

Many episodes of the program showed the audience standing and shouting anti-gay epithets and profanity at guests. Among the slurs hurled were 'puto! puto! puto!' (or "f*ggot') at a man they thought to be gay as well as 'culero' ('assf*cker'). Audience members were often incited to engage in verbal and physical attacks.

August 8, 2012

White House says Obama 'opposes discrimination in all forms'

The White House on Wednesday confirmed that President Barack Obama opposes the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gays.

July 18, 2012

Jennifer Tyrrell: 'This movement doesn’t stop because 11 anonymous men behind closed doors made a decision to keep discrimination in place'

Ousted lesbian den leader Jennifer Tyrrell showed up as Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Dallas, Texas, Wednesday (18 July) to deliver more than 300,000 petition signatures calling for an end to the organization's anti-gay policy.

Her delivery comes a day after the BSA announced that after two years  of consideration by an 11-person committee, the Scouts will continue to ban gay members.

June 8, 2012

America's Next Top Model contestant Isis King among those donning the shirts in ads for American Apparel

A new line of equality-themed T-shirts was launched today (8 June) by American Apparel which is featuring a transgender model in one of its ad campaigns for the first time.

Isis King is a transgender activist who was once a contestant on the TV series America's Next Top Model. She can be seen in the ads wearing various T-shirts with such slogans as 'Gay OK' and 'Legalize Gay!'