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George Takei Receives Vito Russo Award at GLAAD Awards in NYC: VIDEO

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Star Trek legend and LGBT rights activist George Takei received the Vito Russo Award at GLAAD's New York media awards on Saturday night.

Takei praised GLAAD for its work abolishing stereotypes:

"...as a closeted kid growing up in Los Angeles…all I saw of gays and lesbians in movies and television or heard on radio were caricatures of people who were mocked and laughed at, or pitied, or hated. The media stripped us of all humanity and made us into pathetic stereotypes. The media then was a soul-crushing monster. GLAAD took on this formidable beast with its media savvy, political acumen and the power of its advocacy and transformed the media into a powerful force for change. GLAAD inspired and galvanized others into action to join with in the great 21st century civil rights movement."

He added:

"But as long as LGBT people can be fired from their job for simply being who they are, our work isn’t done yet. As long as young people are kicked out of their families just for being who they are, our work is not done yet. As long as people are be bullied into feeling that their lives are so hopeless that they are driven to self-destructive acts, our work is not done."

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Kylie Minogue and Crowd Sing-Along to 'Can’t Get You Out of My Head' at GLAAD Awards: VIDEO

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At Saturday’s 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, Boy George welcomed singer and longtime LGBT ally Kylie Minogue to the stage for a sing-along performance of ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’  

Before the performance, Minogue also took a moment to thank her gay fanbase and GLAAD.

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Midwest Flyers Magazine Defends, Quietly Removes Use Of 'FAGS' In Safety Article

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The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) has reached out to Midwest Flyers Magazine after the magazine published a safety article by Philip Mattison entitled “The Three FAGS Checklist of Floatplane Flying Could Save Your Life!"

FAGS in this case was an acronym for “Flaps, Airspeed, Gears and Seatbelts.” And the magazine’s editor Dave Weiman defended its use as such:

"We apologize if the acronym Mr. Mattison uses for his personal pre-landing checklist offended you in any way, but he created it as a tool so he would remember it. It was not used as a slang term to mean something else, nor in a derogatory sense…

"He is dead serious about the importance of using checklists, and his article was a public confession that he made a mistake that cost him his aircraft and nearly his life… We hope that the positive and constructive use of the acronym distracts from any negative connotation that may be associated with a similar slang term. The true definition of the word according to the dictionary supports the premise that even though checklists may be tedious, they are necessary."

Nevertheless, Steven Moore, Executive Director of the NGPA responded, “There is no difference in using this word than if you were to use any other derogatory remark to reference any other minority, and it is quite disturbing.”

Gays and Lesbians Allied Against Defamation’s Programs and Communications Fellow, Alexandra Bolles, added her thoughts on Mr. Weiman’s defense of the acronym:

“Attempting to reassign the word does not erase the harm it has caused and the power it holds for people who are LGBT. Dave's attempt to discredit and invalidate LGBT readers' responses to the article is reminiscent of the argument [that saying ‘fags’ is okay because it’s also a word for cigarettes or a bundle of sticks].”

The headline of the online article now reads "Flying On Floats or Wheels…. Checklists Could Save Your Life!" It does not include any mention of "FAGS."


Jennifer Lopez Talks Emotionally About Gay Aunt in GLAAD Acceptance Speech: VIDEO

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Jennifer Lopez also received a special GLAAD award at the organization's Los Angeles ceremony. Actress and Rita Moreno presented Lopez with the Vanguard Award. Lopez's show The Fosters, was also recognized as Outstanding Drama of the Year.

Lopez spoke about her gay aunt during the speech:

"I've always felt a tremendous love from the LGBT community and the LGBT community has always supported me and returned that love...Marisa was my cool aunt. She was my mom's older sister and she lived in New York City. I lived in the Bronx and she lived in Manhattan, it was like worlds away! She wanted to be an actress and I always wanted to be like her. Marisa grew up gay in a time when it meant life could be very difficult and that her struggles were mostly kept to herself. It wasn't until I got older that I really began to know and appreciate the difficulties she dealt with and the struggles of her community. I also realized the quiet lessons I had learned from my family of tolerance and acceptance."

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Ellen Page Presents Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Laverne Cox at GLAAD Awards: VIDEO

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Trans actress Laverne Cox received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Media Awards last night in Los Angeles. The Stephen F. Kolzak award is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for our community.

Cox spoke about the importance of getting trans stories written about in the media and roles created in entertainment. She also spoke about the documentary currently in production about trans woman and activist CeCe McDonald.

Said Cox: "I'm so moved by the work that GLAAD has been doing, particularly over the past year, to make sure that the 'T' is not silent in the LGBT community. For years, I was trying to have a career as an actor doing what I love to do most and was told repeatedly that they didn't know what to do with me, and that I would not work."

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Laverne Cox to Be Honored at GLAAD Media Awards, Ellen Page to Present

Today it was announced that Ellen Page will be presenting GLAAD's highest honor award to 'Orange is the New Black' star Laverne Cox at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in LA on April 12.

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Cox will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. The award is named after a successful casting director, who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBT and HIV-positive people. Previous Stephen F. Kolzak honorees include Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Todd Haynes, Alan Ball, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen. […]

"Laverne Cox has reshaped the way Americans see transgender people and raised the bar in diverse representations of the LGBT community in entertainment," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "She is not only a talented actress, but a truly transformational leader in the LGBT equality movement. Through her tireless commitment to building understanding and acceptance through education and advocacy, Laverne is moving equality forward both on and off the screen."

Page named Cox as one of her inspirations when she came out as gay at an HRC conference last month.  


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