Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Celebrities & Allies Come Out For LGBT Equality








In this exclusive audio montage Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with celebrities on the Red Carpet at the 25th GLAAD Media Awards in NYC. First we spoke with GLAAD’s CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis and her wife Kristen Ellis-Henderson. Sarah talks about clearing up the idea that the fight for LGBT equality has been won and how much more work needs to be done to achieve full equality. Next we talked to Derrick Gordon the first out NCAA basketball player about his NBA aspirations and the future of LGBT athletes. Then we talked with transgender model Geena Rocero about how we need to spotlight the “T” in LGBT and launching her “Gender Proud” campaign. We were then joined by Stafford Arima who was there to present George Takei with the Vito Russo Award and chats about directing his upcoming Broadway musical “Allegiance” starring George Takei. New Orleans bounce performer Big Freedia who won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program in LA talks about the show’s second season. GLAAD National Spokespersons Omar Sharif, Jr. shared his personal story how GLAAD saved his life and programs he’s involved with to deal with the LGBT teen bullying epidemic. Comedian Fortune Feimster hosted the event and gives us her spin on our LGBT issues. Perez Hilton who was there to see global superstar Kylie Minogue and Grammy Award-winning country music artist Kacey Musgraves perform talks about how fatherhood has changed his life. GLAAD National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz informed us about GLAAD’s current projects addressing southerners’ stories and global initiatives.
Transgender actress Candis Cayne who played Ms. Hudson on “Elementary” (CBS) accepted the Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character) Award on behalf of the show. Reality star Sonja Morgan dished with us about her series “The Real Housewives of New York City” on Bravo TV. Actress Robin Weigert who starred in the film “Concussion” which won Outstanding Film-Limited Release talks about how LGBT equality continues to advance. Then actress Yael Stone from “Orange Is the New Black” which won Outstanding Comedy Series talks about the second season of the show. Tony and Emmy winning actress Swoosie Kurtz opened the show and talks compassionately about our LGBT issues. George Takei who received the 2014 Vito Russo Award talks about how honored he is to be recognized with this award named for one of the founders of GLAAD. George and his husband Brad also talk about their new documentary “Being Takei.”
Boy George who was there to introduce Kylie Minogue gave us his advise to LGBT teens that they should not suffer in silence but reach out. Martial arts fighter Jessica Aguilar was there to represent LGBT athletes with her partner Elena Rodriguez. Out Olympic speed skater Blake Skjellerup was also there to represent LGBT people in sports and talks about the advancements we have made in the last year. Actress Alysia Reiner was there to celebrate her show the fabulous Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” which is changing hearts and minds about our LGBT community. Next we talked to actor Raúl Castillo who appears in “Looking” on HBO that has been renewed for a second season. We concluded with actress Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) who was honored with GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award last month in LA. Laverne talks about how grateful she is for her career and how she wants to create a safe world for her inner child. The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were held at the Waldorf Astoria, New York.
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1 comment:

Marilyn said...

What a fabulous array of celeb's came down the Red Carpet and how great that you got a personal moment and thought from each...amazing!
Great coverage of a very special night. Thrilled to be part of it and love the photo reel.