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April 12, 2015

They said the coverage sends the message of trans people being 'a joke and a freakshow'

Transgender advocates expressed their alarm over the Bruce Jenner ‘spectacle’ created by gossip and rumors spread in the media.

Talking to the LA Times, representatives of organizations offering support for trans people called the public speculation and jokes about Jenner’s possible transition ‘profoundly disrespectful’.

January 7, 2015

More than 70,000 people sign a petition to cancel the show

Media watchdog GLAAD has condemned a TLC special about gay Mormon men married to women as 'downright irresponsible' and 'dangerous.'

My Husband's Not Gay will air on Sunday (11 January) and sparked outrage when previews were released last month.

January 7, 2015

The Talk star reacts to TLC's My Husband's Not Gay

Gay actress and co-host of The Talk Sara Gilbert has said gay people should be allowed to try to live a 'straight lifestyle'.

Speaking on the daytime CBS talk show, she and the rest of her co-hosts were reacting to GLAAD's damning statement on the TLC show My Husband's Not Gay.

The show follows four men, all of whom live in Salt Lake City, are life-long members of the Church of Latter Day Saints and have 'same-sex attraction' – but none of them identify as gay.

'This show is downright irresponsible,' said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

September 4, 2014

But reaction from activists mixed since only one group - OUT at Universal - will be included

Organizers of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade announced Wednesday (3 September) that an LGBT organization will be able to march in the event for the first time in its 253-year history.

Next March, OUT@NBCUniversal, an employee LGBT organization for NBCUniversal employees, will be allowed to participate under their own banner.

July 22, 2014

In GLAAD's new report, it shows there were only seven decent well-rounded characters out of 107 films studied

Hollywood is failing at the representation of LGBT people, according to a new report.

GLAAD has mapped the quantity, quality and diversity of the community in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during 2013.

Out of the 102 releases from the major studios, only 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.

The majority of these were minor roles or cameos. Many of these were also outright offensive and defamatory, such as in Pain & Gain and Riddick.

July 12, 2014

Football's global governing body is given an epic fail in handling of slurs hurled during World Cup

Football's global governing body is under pressure by more than two dozen LGBTI and human rights organizations to take 'concrete action' on homophobia and anti-gay chants yelled in the stands during this year's World Cup.

June 9, 2014

WWE superstar Darren Young, actor Wilson Cruz and trans actress Candis Cayne join local political officials and activists for event

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had special privileges at Sunday's LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood.

He had his own microphone.

So the mayor, a longtime staunch ally of the LGBTI community, kept a running commentary going as he road atop a convertible along Santa Monica Boulevard.

'Happy pride!' he would yell out if the crowd seemed a bit too subdued.

Garcetti also showed off his Spanish skills in a fun exchange with a trio of drag performers known as Chico's Angels who were serving as commentators.

June 2, 2014

Her father, US Senator John McCain, has been staunchly opposed to gay marriage and allowing gays to serve openly in the military

Meghan McCain continues to prove that when it comes to LGBTI equality, the apple does fall very far from the tree.

The daughter of US Senator John McCain, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage and allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, has joined the board of directors of GLAAD.

The media monitoring organization, which promotes the image of LGBT people in the media, said in a statement today that 'equality is no longer a partisan issue.'

April 22, 2014

Star Trek icon has worked for marriage equality, LGBT employment protections and anti-LGBTI bullying

George Takei will go where Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell have gone before.

The Star Trek icon, LGBTI activist and social media powerhouse will be presented with GLAAD's Vito Russo Award next month at the organization's New York media awards gala.

'Few voices have been as outspoken in support of equality as George Takei,'GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.

January 30, 2014

See who has been nominated for the GLAAD Media Awards this year

Lady Gaga and Dallas Buyers Club are among the nominees for the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards to take place later this year.

The prestigious awards celebrate the representation LGBT people and their stories in the media over 2013.

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said ‘Since its inception 25 years ago, the GLAAD Media Awards have reshaped the news and entertainment industries, inspiring thoughtful and inclusive characters and plotlines that have driven equality forward.

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.