Actor George Takei received the Vito Russo Award named after one of GLAAD's co-founders & the author of The Celluloid Closet. The award is presented to an out media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.
Takei stated, "I am so glad to be with all you GLAAD people to receive this important recognition. The Vito Russo Award is charged with meaning & potency. In the twenty-five years since its founding, GLAAD has dramatically changed American society for gays, lesbians, bisexuals & transgender people. I know, because as a closeted kid growing up in Los Angeles…all I saw of gays & lesbians in movies & television or heard on radio were caricatures of people who were mocked & laughed at, or pitied, or hated. The media stripped us of all humanity & 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 & the power of its advocacy & transformed the media into a powerful force for change. GLAAD inspired & galvanized others into action to join with in the great 21st century civil rights movement." We will have an exclusive interview with Takei on OUTTAKE VOICES later this week. We also interviewed Boy George
Laverne Cox, Swoosie Kurtz, Candis Cayne, Robin Weigert, GLAAD National Spokespersons Wilson Cruz & Omar Sharif, Jr., as well as GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis & her wife rocker Kristen Ellis-Henderson among others from the Red Carpet.
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