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LGBT Athletes Rally With #ProudToPlay Campaign: VIDEO

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Yesterday YouTube launched its follow-up to last year's #ProudToLove campaign with #ProudToPlay, which honors LGBT athletes like Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, Robbie Rogers, and Darren Young, their supporters, and everyone who stands up for diversity in sports.

RogersGLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, You Can Play, Laureus, Athlete Ally, and the LGBT Sports Coalition are supporting the campaign.

Said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis,

As athletes from across nations and leagues come out, sports fans throughout the world are embracing LGBT players and ejecting bias from the game. GLAAD is thrilled to support Google and YouTube in this landmark initiative to help tackle stereotypes and build understanding.

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Meghan McCain, Three Others Join GLAAD Board of Directors

Republican pundit and Senator's daughter Meghan McCain joined the Board of Directors at GLAAD, the organization announced today.

MccainAlso joining its board: Executive Vice President, Commercial Services at Hilton Worldwide Jeff Diskin; Harvard Law School professor and venture capitalist with August Capital, David Hornik; and Managing Director at Opportunities for Women, Linda Riley.

Said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis: "Equality is no longer a partisan issue. For years, Meghan McCain has lent her voice and platform to spreading messages of acceptance across party lines. Now, as the American south and our heartland move closer to LGBT equality, it's critical that we continue to build the bridges that unite us in our common ground - whether you're republican or democrat, gay or straight."


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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You can find the list of GLAAD Award winners HERE.

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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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