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Actor Haaz Sleiman To Be Honored

By Charlotte Robinson, October 07, 2019
Acclaimed actor Haaz Sleiman will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the 11th Annual Fort Lauderdale Edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ Film Festival. Sleiman will receive the award on Sunday, October 20th at 8P during the Closing Night Awards Party at Nu River Landing at 511 SE 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This award is presented to a member of the LGBTQ community & recognizes notable individuals in entertainment for their contributions in helping to tell our LGBTQ stories. Victor Gimenez, Executive Director of OUTshine LGBTQ Film Festival stated, "As a recently ‘out,’ gay, Muslim actor in Hollywood, Haaz Sleiman has overcome tremendous obstacles to share his story of strength, truth & acceptance. We’re thrilled to honor & embrace his talent & support for the LGBTQ+ community with this Vanguard Award which we hope will inspire others to excel & achieve their dreams.” Haaz Sleiman concluded, “I am honored to have been selected as this year’s OUTshine Vanguard Award recipient. Growing-up in the Middle East as a gay man was extremely isolating, but they couldn’t take away my empathy & compassion. I have an immense love for the unconditional acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. Everything I do now, publicly, is to ensure that no one ever has to feel alone & that everyone has a sense of belonging.” Previous Vanguard winners include Gloria & Emilio Estefan & Fred Rosser (aka WWE Superstar Darren Young). The Fort Lauderdale Edition of the OUTshine LGBTQ Film Festival runs October 10th to 20th.
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