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May 22 2017
GLAAD In Need Of A GLAAD Moment Of Its Own Over Lorrie Morgan Brouhaha Comments (0)

Lorrie Morgan is a big-time country singer who will be appearing at an LGBTQ event co-hosted LorrieMorganPublicity 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:

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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:

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May 09 2017
Billy Porter's Powerful Message: RESIST, RESIST, RESIST, RESIST, RESIST Comments (0)

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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 ...

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May 07 2017
Debra Messing's Funny, Moving Speech At GLAAD — Calls Out Ivanka Trump Comments (0)

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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 ...

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May 06 2017
28th GLAAD Media Awards Handed Out In NYC Comments (0)

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I was traveling, so I missed the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, held in NYC at the New York Hilton Midtown today.

Following is a complete list of all the winners, including my girl Debra Messing!

From a press release:

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Jan 12 2017
Country Personality Cody Alan: YOU SEE, I'M GAY Comments (0)
 

2017. As we start a new year, there is something I want to share with you. You see, I’m gay. This is not a choice I made, but something I've known about myself my whole life. Through life's twists and turns, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, successes, failures - I've landed on this day, a day when I'm happier and healthier than I’ve ever been. And I’m finally comfortable enough for everyone to know this truth about me. Thanks for following me and supporting me over the years. As we continue our journey, I hope this news won't change how you see me. I’m still the same Cody I always was. You just know a little more about me now. My hope for the future is to live the most honest, authentic, loving, and open life possible. Here's to being happy with yourself, no matter who you are, who you love, where you come from, or what cards life has dealt you. Thanks again. With much heart, Cody

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Country singer and CMT personality Cody Alan is kicking off his 2017 by coming out as gay.

Guided by GLAAD — which does a great job of coaching regular people and stars on how to navigate a public coming-out process — Alan wrote on his Instagram of his struggle:

This is not a choice I made, but something I’ve known about myself my whole life. Through life’s twists and turns, marriage, divorce, fatherhood, successes, failures - I’ve landed on this day, a day when I’m happier and healthier than I’ve ever been. And I’m finally comfortable enough for everyone to know this truth about me.

He also thanks his fans in advance for their support.

 
Oct 26 2016
Avenue LGBTQ: It's About TIME Comments (0)

GLAAD is advocating that we use LGBTQ instead of LGBT, which replaced the far too limiting gay.

I know a lot of people—especially gay white dudes, surprise!—get all up in arms over nomenclature. I do not. 6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b7c86dd028970b-550wiI think LGBTQ is perfectly easy to say, is totally inclusive and that the word “queer” is very descriptive and prideful for many people. So if you can't help recoiling at the Q-word because of how it's been used against you in the past, I totally get that and you never have to ID as queer; but by the same token, you should realize that for a lot of people, queer sums up who they are and how they feel, and it is clearly not a pejorative in context.

GLAAD's Sarah Kate Ellis notes, “On one level, it is just adding another letter. But really it is bringing a whole new definition to the way we describe ourselves. It’s the start of a bigger shift.”

In my opinion, the emphasis in that statement is on we.

Check out Time's piece on the subject, which was initiated by GLAAD's tenth media style guide. (It ain't word policing, it's asserting how we want to be seen and addressed in the media—and that is important work, as is GLAAD's expert coaching of newly minted LGBTQ celebrities and newsmakers, who often need help in how to deal with and effectively leverage the attention they're receiving.)

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Aug 22 2016
6-PACK — Hillary Rising + Giuliani's Sick Accusations + Jump For His Love + Can't Bicurious Me Love + Gray Bashing + Otter Madness! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: If Hillary were to win Ohio, the election would be over the second that state was called.

*widget boy cultureGiuliani insists Hillary Clinton is ill—mentally or otherwise—because: The Internet.

*widget boy cultureTaking a flying leap:

*widget boy cultureStraight guys' gayest experiences.

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*widget boy cultureAthlete Andre Gray, who complained about racist taunts, once tweeted homophobic messages.

*widget boy cultureLOOKING HOT'S THE BEST REVENGE: Former GLAAD guy who sparred with Baldwin is otterly adorable:

 

Sunday Funday better than a Monday! #fireisland #fip #sundayfunday #instagay #gayboy #otter

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Jul 06 2016
6-PACK — Wait'll You Get His Haynes On You + Lois Lane, RIP + Bud Light Beef + Trump Sez Hillary BRIBED Lynch + Hillary & Obama Campaign Together + HANDS Across Gay America! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureColton Haynes offers ridiculously pricy T-shirts that say “Daddy” and “Anxious.” I would consider.

*widget boy cultureOne of the last two surviving Adventures of Superman (1952-1958) stars, Noel Neill aka Lois Lane, dies @ 95.

*widget boy cultureThe amazing Bud Light Boys of Pride Toronto: 

*widget boy cultureTrump claims Hillary bribed Lynch to get off the e-hook.

*widget boy cultureHillary and Obama campaign together: 2008's dream team is 2016's worst Republican nightmare.

*widget boy culture“Hands,” a new single to help the Orlando mass shooting victims, boasts all-star lineup. Get it here!

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