Last May at the GLAAD Media Awards in NYC we talked to actor Wilson Cruz about his new Fox drama that premier’s this fall entitled “Red Band Society.” The series was created by Margaret Nagle & is set in the pediatric ward of a hospital. The cast is led by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer & Cruz plays an openly gay Nurse Kenji Gomez-Rejon. Cruz who is a GLAAD National Spokesperson stated, “This is GLAAD at work. We need more gay characters on TV. We need more LGBT characters of color on TV. I won’t spoil the other thing that we need more on TV of because that’s coming later, but there were certain things that I thought that we had a real opportunity. There were certain stories & topics that we could cover through Kenji & Margaret loved these ideas. We’re incorporating it into his history into the show.” Cruz currently serves as a full-time GLAAD staff member & national spokesperson. His involvement with LGBT advocacy began in 1995, when he accepted the GLAAD Media Award on behalf of the groundbreaking drama “My So-Called Life”. Since then he has gone on to appear in several memorable roles that have spanned television, film, & the Broadway stage. Currently Cruz has been working with GLAAD on projects addressing southerners’ stories & global initiatives.
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