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Archive for February, 2010

Congrats to Drew Barrymore & Wanda Sykes

February 18th, 2010 by Admin

Drew Barrymore and Wanda Sykes are being honored at GLAAD’s (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) 21st annual Media Awards on April 17th in Los Angeles.  Ms Barrymore will receive the Vanguard Award, given to media professionals who have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. She recently played Robert De Niro’s lesbian daughter in the movie, “Everybody’s Fine,” which is also nominated for a GLAAD Media award.

Past recipients of The Vanguard Award include: Antonio Banderas, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Eric McCormack, Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, and Charlize Theron. 

Wanda Sykes will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, given to an openly LGBT media professional who has promoted equal rights. In November 2008, Sykes came out at a Stand Out for Equality rally of over 1,000 people in Las Vegas and announced that she had legally married her wife in California.  Sykes also became the first openly gay African American woman to entertain at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner last year. 

Past recipients include Alan Ball, Bill Condon, Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Etheridge, Sir Ian McKellen, and Rufus Wainwright. 

Bravo to 2 amazing women!  And to all those who came before them!

 

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GLBT Mardi Gras Parade in Sydney Australia

February 7th, 2010 by Admin

Did you know there’s a gay and lesbian Mardi Gras Parade in Sydney Australia? I didn’t.  The march started 32 years ago and this year about 10,000 people from all over the world are expected to take part on February 27, 2010. It may be the largest gay pride celebration in the world! 

Marching in the Mardi Gras parade or in a pride parade can be an empowering experience.  Society has made so many GLBT people feel that there’s something wrong with them, when in reality it’s the other way ‘round.  There is something very wrong, but it’s with our homophobic society.  Bravo to all the participants of this years Mardi Gras Parade for taking another step forward on the journey to self- acceptance.   

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