49 posts categorized "GLAAD"
Starting July 1, Sprinkles' Icon Series Elizabeth Taylor cupcakes will be not only the cause of weight gain and temporary joy, but will also be for the cause of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the charity, founded by the late movie star in response to the AIDS crisis.
Watch Taylor talking about the famous gay men in her life after the jump ...
GLAAD announces the premiere of “SWERLK,” a new song from Scissor Sisters and MDNR!
All proceeds from the summertastic, swishworthy single go to the Contigo Fund, which helps Pulse survivors. (The anniversary of the Pulse gay nightclub massacre is June 12.)
The backstory on “SWERLK” is here.
Keep reading for the lyric video ...
Country singer Lorrie Morgan, who had been set to perform as part of GLAAD's Ty Herndon and Cody Alan-hosted Concert for Love and Acceptance in Nashville in June, has backed out after complaints regarding her thoughtless (at best) social media posts.
The name of the event had little to do with Morgan's Facebook page, on which she shared a nakedly racist anti-Michelle Obama meme, and on which she made clear she is firmly against trans bathroom rights.
She also shared a meme from an anti-marriage equality page, though she later professed to strongly believe in equality.
In her first stab at calming the complaints, Morgan pathetically claimed she had simply put her foot in her mouth, and chalked it up to wine. She never took responsibility for the content of what she posted, instead arguing that she is not anti-LGBT:
Lorrie Morgan is a big-time country singer who will be appearing at an LGBTQ event co-hosted by out country artist Ty Herndon and out CMT host Cody Alan — and yet, on her personal Facebook page, she has routinely mocked trans rights.
This is messed up.
The Concert for Love and Acceptance is a nice idea, a benefit for GLAAD held in Nashville and featuring country acts like Herndon, Billy Gilman (GLAAD misspells his name in its press release), Dana Goldberg, Kree Harrison, Michael Ray, Mickey Guyton, Runaway June, Ryan Kinder, Street Corner Symphony, Thompson Square and Trent Harmon. It's a positive thing to hold an event for LGBTQ issues in the South, where empathy for the cause is perceived to be low, and Morgan's inclusion was a good idea before her antipathy for trans people came to light.
I mean, what do you do when one of the stars appearing has shared memes like this:
Morgan is approvingly passing on a nasty, anti-trans message that was initially posted by a group that is opposed to gay marriage.
She also shared this one, which is the tip of the iceberg as far as her anti-Obama tendencies:
Billy Porter, who was given the Vito Russo Award from GLAAD this weekend, made as rousing a speech as Debra Messing, calling on gay people to get it together and go to war against discrimination.
He said we need to get our “war clothes” on, because:
... From slavery to emancipation to the 13th Amendment to Jim Crow to the Civil Rights Movement to Stonewall to AIDS to marriage equality, we gotta remember the shoulders who we stand on, the ones who fought and died for those freedoms that we hold so dear.
He went on to call himself a survivor of the AIDS crisis and a grateful beneficiary of the marriage-equality movement:
It's time to take this moment and acknowledge that the reailty of life is that it's ever-involving, and until we can figure out how to love on another unconditionally, no one wins — NO ONE. Freedom, equality, justice, have always come at a cost, and evidently they always will.
Keep reading to see his whole speech, which was punctuated by a repurposed gospel song ...
Debra Messing tells it like it is in her GLAAD acceptance speech — positive gay images in the media do matter, and do change the landscape.
Mixing seriousness with silliness, she said the return of Will & Grace is because:
I mean, someone's gotta take down Mother Pence. Talk about a low-hanging fruit!
She said of Trump:
Right now, there is a very bad and very orange man in our White House ... at least a few days a month.
In a direct appeal to Ivanka Trump, she said:
Ivanka, girlfriend, whaddaya doin'? C'mon, it's me, Deb — one Jewish mother to another. It is not enough to simply say that women's issues are important to you. It's time to do something. Ivanka, you can change the lives of millions of women and children just by telling your dad stories about real people who are suffering. Don't let him separate immigrant mothers from their American-born children, don't let him take health care away from women who need it, don't allow him make trans kids like Gavin [Grimm] fight in court for their basic human dignity. Ivanka, please, please stop blindly defending your father and start defending what you say you believe in. You can't just write #womenwhowork and think you're advancing feminism. You need to be a woman who does good work — #saywhatyoumeanandmeanwhatyousay. Ivanka, we know you love the guy who does your hair color. It's good, by the way. So do right by your colorist. And by all of us. Imagine how you'll feel sitting at Passover seder if you can tell your children that you fought for justice and freedom. It will make you feel richer than owning all the skyscrapers and golf courses in the world. The country wants to support you. And as a bonus, if you get Steve Bannon out of your dad's office, I bet we'll put you back in Nordstrom's!
Keep reading to watch the whole speech ...