Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Celebrities Supporting LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive audio montage Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with celebrities on the Red Carpet at the 24th GLAAD Media Awards in NYC. First we spoke with Wilson Cruz GLAAD spokesperson and actor about gay marriage playing out in the US Supreme Court and other LGBT issues including GLAAD’s commitment to our transgender community. Then we talked to Mel Wymore who won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism in a Newsmagazine. Mel is the first transgender candidate running for New York City Council. He had a lot to share about LGBTQ teen bullying and LGBT equality. “Real Housewives of New York” City and straight ally Carole Radziwill then stopped by to give us her spin on LGBT equality. We were then joined by Herndon Graddick, President of GLAAD, who talked about the US Supreme Court marriage equality case and the direction GLAAD will be taking in the next few years. Winners of last year’s Vito Russo Award producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who won this year’s Outstanding Drama Series for their hit NBC show “Smash” gave us their spin on our LGBT issues. They were followed by straight allies “Smash” actress/singer Krysta Rodriguez and actor John Leguizamo. Then we chatted with one of our faves Laverne Cox, actress, producer and transgender advocate who is currently appearing in the Susan Seidelman film “Musical Chairs” nominated for a GLAAD Award.
“The Fabulous Beekman Boys” Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell who accepted the Outstanding Reality Program for “The Amazing Race” on CBS chatted with us about LGBT issues and shared their wedding plans scheduled for this summer. Tony Award winning actor/singer Christian Borle who also stars in “Smash” then stopped by to talk about the show and his commitment to LGBT equality. Actor Avan Jogia who appears in the upcoming ABC Family’s “Twisted” and co-founder of the organization “Straight But Not Narrow” gave us his spin on LGBTQ teen bullying and more. Documentary filmmakers Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf talked about their nominated film “Chely Wright Wish Me Away” that is currently available on Showtime. Then ABC GMA Weatherman Sam Champion and his husband Rubem Robierb stopped by to talk about married life and changing attitudes toward our LGBT community. We concluded with GMA news anchor Josh Elliot who shared with us an intimate story about his gay dad who passed away and how he wished he could have lived long enough to find love and legally marry.
 The 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were hosted by ABC “Good Morning America” anchors Sam Champion, Josh Elliot and Lara Spencer and were held at the Marriott Marquis Theater on March 16th in New York City. Additional awards will be presented in Los Angeles April 20th and San Francisco on May 11th.
For More Info:glaad.org 

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