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March 22, 2015

Director Roland Emmerich also honored with special award

There was no shortage of star power at the GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday led by honoree Kerry Washington and presenters Ellen DeGeneres and Channing Tatum.

DeGeneres took the stage to a standing ovation and quipped: 'This is the largest gathering of gay people in one room since yesterday. So congratulations to us!'

The ceremony was one of several held by GLAAD each year honoring media for fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

November 27, 2014

Star Trek icon most cherishes first holiday dinner after family was released from Internment camp

George Takei will be having Thanksgiving dinner tonight with husband Brad Takei and another couple at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

The Star Trek icon was among the celebrities who spoke with Gay Star News recently about their Thanksgiving plans and their favorite memories of the holiday.

For Takei, his most memorable Thanksgiving came after the end of World War II and his family was released from the internment camp they had been kept in because they were Americans of Japanese descent.

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.

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.

October 31, 2013

Robert Gates led the dismantling of Don't Ask, Don't Tell while US Secretary of Defense

Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been chosen as the next leader of the Boy Scouts of America.

Gates assumes the role in May 2014, five months after the scouts change in policy regarding gay members goes into effect.

The BSA voted earlier this year to change its century-old policy of banning openly gay members up until they reach the age of 18. But the ban remains for adults scout leaders, employees and volunteers.

Gates has experience in such situations.

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 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 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.

August 21, 2013

GLAAD report shows six major movie studios all but ignoring LGBT characters

Javier Bardem's bad guy bisexual in Skyfall and Alec Baldwin and gay club owner in Rock of Ages were two of a dwindling number of LGBT characters in movies released by Hollywood studios last year.

A report released by GLAAD today showed that out of the 101 releases from the major studios in 2012, only 14 of them contained characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

Not a single one of the releases contained a transgender character, according to GLAAD's first annual Studio Responsibility Index.

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.

April 13, 2013

Egyptian Canadian actor and LGBT rights advocate joins US gay media advocacy organization as a spokesperson and fundraiser

GLAAD, the US LGBT media advocacy organization, announced that the Egyptian/Canadian actor and LGBT advocate Omar Sharif Jr. will join its staff as spokesperson.

Sharif Jr. will become the organization’s co-spokesperson, alongside Wilson Cruz, and will also be helping with fundraising.

Commenting on the appointment, Sharif Jr said: ‘I’m thrilled to be joining GLAAD in their culture-changing work.

April 5, 2013

Wilson Cruz: 'We recognize ourselves in her’

Judy Garland may have died in 1969, but her legend has endured - especially among the gay fans who continue to cherish her memory and her music.

Gay Star News recently chatted with various celebrities about the legend of Garland at opening night of the musical End of the Rainbow at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in which Tony nominee Tracie Bennett pays Garland in the final months of her life.

‘She was a great and dear friend,' said Betty White who at 91, is the same age as Garland would be if she were still alive.

March 28, 2013

Singer to receive award for making 'significant difference' in promoting equality for LGBT community

Adam Lambert may not yet have a Grammy, but he's going to soon have a GLAAD Award.

GLAAD, an LGBT media advocacy organization, announced today that Lambert will receive its Davidson/Valentini Award at the San Francisco ceremony on 11 May.

The award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD's first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini.  It is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. 

January 14, 2013

While most are supportive, actor Wilson Cruz has harsh words

Jodie Foster's coming out publicly during her speech at Golden Globe Awards had the entertainment industry buzzing Sunday with many celebrities, gay and straight, expressing support or sounding off.

'Aww Jodie foster, I would like to be your friend,' tweeted Tony Award winning actor Alan Cumming, an openly gay actor.

Gay television personality Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, tweeted: 'MAZEL JODIE!! incredible.'

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.

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.

May 10, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Ricky Martin, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Levine and Dustin Lance Black among those to publicly thank US president

Shortly after Barack Obama made history on Wednesday (9 May) by becoming the first US president to publicly support gay marriage, Ellen DeGeneres got on Twitter to express her gratitude.

'Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words,' she tweeted. 'I’m overwhelmed.'

DeGeneres, who is married to actress Portia de Rossi, was among the famous people in the entertainment industry who were quick with praise.