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April 13, 2014

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o presents awards to winners who deliver emotionally rich acceptance speeches

Fresh off dominating the awards circuit for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o was on the presenting side of things at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday (12 April) in Los Angeles.

Nyong'o was on hand to present the outstanding documentary award and told the crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel: 'I wanted to be here tonight in solidarity with this community.'

She then announced that there was a tie in the category between two very different but very acclaimed films: Bridegroom and Call Me Kuchu.

April 13, 2014

JLo is honored along with ABC Family's The Fosters which she produces

Jennifer Lopez paid emotional tribute to her 'way cool' lesbian aunt as she accepted the Vanguard Award on Saturday at the star-studded GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills.

'Her struggles were mostly kept to herself,' Lopez said of her late aunt. 'Tonight, I know she's proud of me and everybody here.'

The Vanguard Award is presented to a media professional, who - through their work - has made a significant difference in support of LGBT equality.

April 13, 2014

Evening also features Ellen Page and Rita Moreno but honoree Norman Lear calls in sick

This year's Los Angeles chapter of the GLAAD Media Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the Golden Globe Awards - the most star-studded of all the award shows - are held each January.

April 13, 2014

Cox praises the organization for making 'sure that the "T" is not silent in the LGBT community"

Ellen Page, who came out publicly on Valentine's Day, presented Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox with GLAAD's highest honor at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday (12 April) night.

Page called trans actress an 'LGBT icon' is presenting Cox with The Stephen F. Kolzak Award which is given to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in moving equality forward.

March 31, 2014

Ellen Page will award the Orange is The New Black star who ‘reshaped the way Americans see transgender people’ with the award for trans activism

Actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards next month.

Cox was the first trans woman to produce and star in her own TV show, and will be presented the award by Academy award-nominated actress Ellen Page at a glitzy event held at the Beverley Hilton in Los Angeles.

Page, who recently came out at Time to THRIVE, an event promoting issues of the gay community, said in her speech that Cox was one of her inspirations.

March 24, 2014

Global superstar will recieve the Vanguard award, joining past winners Cher, Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Aniston

Singing and acting superstar Jennifer Lopez is to record a top gay honor from GLAAD.

The Vanguard award is presented to artists who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBTI community.

Past recipients include Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, Liza Minnelli, Antonio Banderes and Drew Barrymore.

It is being awarded to Lopez as she is one of the executive producers of ABC Family’s The Fosters.

March 17, 2014

'We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation'

Guinness announced, in the early evening of 16 March, it was ending sponsorship of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

'Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all,' the company said in a statement on the website of GLAAD, an LGBTI media watch organization.

March 16, 2014

'It's time for Guinness, other sponsors and Irish New Yorkers to speak out in favor of an inclusive parade that welcomes the Irish spirit of love and family'

The Stonewall Inn will stop serving Guinness beer because the company has not withdrawn support of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The reason for the boycott is because New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade, Inc, the organizer of the oldest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the US, bans gay organizations from marching.

The Stonewall Riots, the start of the modern gay rights movement, started at the bar in 1969 June.

February 14, 2014

US gay media advocacy organization announce they will be honoring an international LGBTI rights activist for the first time

Three British celebs, two Russian activists and an Indian actor are among the nominees in an inaugural international honor awarded by GLAAD.

The US media advocacy organization announced they will be giving out an award later this year to recognize the work done by activists around the world.

The nominees for the International Advocate for Change Award include:

February 8, 2014

GLAAD praises spots as truly reflecting 'the fabric of our nation, which today includes gay and lesbian families'

The Russian government may be busy cracking down on any public display of support of homosexuality as the Olympics kick off in Sochi, but it has no control over what airs on NBC.

The US broadcaster of the 2014 Winter Olympics aired two commercials from car company Chevrolet that could never air in Russia due to its anti-gay propaganda law.

They feature families with same-sex couples and aired during NBC's tape-delayed telecast of opening ceremonies which took place earlier in the day on Friday (7 February).

January 28, 2014

Former Growing Pains star has growing history of anti-gay remarks

Kirk Cameron, best known for the 80s sitcom Growing Pains, is expressing outrage against the televised marriage ceremonies of 33 gay and straight couples during the Grammy Awards on Sunday (26 January).

December 21, 2013

Eastside Catholic High School administrators insist Mark Zmuda is well respected, but his same-sex marriage breaks the contract he signed

Students at a US high school in the state of Washington staged a sit-in after finding out a gay teacher had been fired for marrying his partner.

Vice principal and swim coach Mark Zmuda worked for Eastside Catholic High School for approximately a year and a half.

According to lawyer for the Archdiocese of Seattle and Eastside Catholic the process to terminate Zmuda began about two weeks ago.

December 20, 2013

Comedian was to appear with noted anti-LGBT figures Rick Santorum and Bill Donohue

TV comedy legend Bob Newhart his plans to perform next year for a conservative Catholic organization which maintains that homosexuality is a disorder.

The news was announced on 84-year-old comedian's Twitter account: 'Upcoming Bob Newhart Tour Date Change -- Bob will not be performing at the Legatus Summit in Orlando FL on February 6th, 2014.'

No further explanation was given.

Newhart was scheduled to appear at a summit for Letagus along with noted anti-LGBT figures Rick Santorum and Bill Donohue.

December 18, 2013

GLAAD calls comments in GQ article 'vilest and most extreme statements' made against LGBTI people in a mainstream publication

GLAAD is slamming Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson for making 'vile' comments about LGBTI people - including comparing homosexuality to bestiality - in an article in GQ magazine.

Robertson is one of the stars of the A&E reality series about a family that has made a fortune from its duck hunting products.

December 13, 2013

The comedian, 84, scheduled to headline at summit for anti-gay group Legatus

GLAAD is asking TV comedy legend Bob Newhart to not keep his engagement next year with the conservative Catholic organization which maintains that homosexuality is a disorder.

Newhart, 84, is scheduled to appear at a summit for Letagus along with noted anti-LGBT figures Rick Santorum and Bill Donohue.

December 2, 2013

Director Gus Van Sant, writer Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen present hand sewn rainbow flag at closing ceremony

Even five bombs threats could not stop three of the men behind the 2008 film Milk from presenting their film at the Side by Side LGBT Festival in St. Petersburg Russia over the weekend.

Director Gus Van Sant, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen flew from the US to Russia for the event in a country where speaking out in support of homosexuality is against the law.

The trio spoke about the film, which won Black an Oscar for his script and Sean Penn an Oscar for his performance as Harvey Milk, as well as the LGBTI equality movement in the US.

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 16, 2013

Alec Baldwin defends himself, his MSNBC show, and takes a shot at media culture

Actor Alec Baldwin insists he did not call a photographer a 'faggot' this past week.

In a Huffington Post editorial posted today (16 November), the star of 30 Rock doesn't know what he said, but is certain no anti-gay slur was uttered.

'...I never used the word faggot in the tape recording being offered as evidence against me,' Baldwin maintains.

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.

November 1, 2013

Openly gay Brit Anthony Watson is the first non-American to be elected to the board of the world’s biggest LGBT media advocacy organization, GLAAD

An openly gay boss at Barclays has become the first non-American ever to join the board of LGBT media advocacy group GLAAD.

Anthony Watson, who is a senior executive at the bank, hopes to use his expertise to further the organization’s global work.

He said: ‘GLAAD’s critical work transcends national boundaries. It is of vital importance that the global LGBT community becomes stakeholders in [this work].

October 26, 2013

Family advocate Brent Bozell accuses GLAAD of intimidating pro-family Hollywood writers, producers, and directors

Brent Bozell,  president of the conservative watchdog group the Media Research Center, complained about GLAAD's  monitoring LGBT representation on television.

October 18, 2013

High-profile allies go purple to show support for LGBT youth on Spirit Day

On the fourth observance of Spirit Day - a day to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT young people - a collection of high-profile allies got into the act.

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.