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Celebrating GLAAD At 30

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis calls for LGBT equality, and celebrates the legacy of 30 years of GLAAD.

04/04/2016 · 4:28

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>> THANK YOU, PATRICIA, THANK

YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT.

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> FOR ME, GROWING UP GAY I WAS

ALL TOO OFTEN CONFINED BY WALLS.

WALLS DIVIDE.

THEY ISOLATE.

JUST LAST WEEK THE GOVERNOR OF

NORTH CAROLINA SIGNED A HEINOUS

LAW WHICH DISCRIMINATES AGAINST

LGBT PEOPLE AND SERIOUSLY LIMITS

OUR FREEDOMS.

WE ARE ON THIS AT GLAAD AND WITH

OVER 100 ANTI-LGB T-BILLS AT THE

STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL OUR

STRATEGY IS YOU, THE

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY.

50% OF AMERICANS ARE UNDER THE

FALSE IMPRESSION THAT THE WORK

IS DONE FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY.

THE QUESTION BECOMES DO WE MOVE

FORWARD WITH SPEED OR DO WE

SUCCUMB TO COMPLACENCY AND

INSTEAD MOVE BACKWARD?

IN THIS COUNTRY, WE MUST FOSTER

A CULTURE OF ACCEPTANCE.

YOU ARE NOT ARTISTS OF

COMPLACENCY.

YOU ARE ARTISTS OF CHANGE.

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.

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>> IN 1985 IT WAS THE MIDDLE OF

THE AIDS CRISIS, AND THERE

WASN'T A LOT OF VISIBILITY

AROUND THE COMMUNITY.

THERE CERTAINLY WASN'T ANY

POLICY PROTECTING THE COMMUNITY.

>> THE CLIMATE OF THAT TIME WAS

INFUSED WITH FEAR AND PEOPLE

WERE DYING RIGHT AND LEFT.

>> THE PEOPLE I LOVED AND KNEW

DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH WHAT

WAS HAPPENING AROUND THEM OR TO

THEM.

SO IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME

IN MANY WAYS.

>> THE EVENT THAT IMMEDIATELY

TRIGGERED IT WERE A SERIES OF

ARTICLES IN THE NEW YORK POST.

>> HORRIBLE ARTICLES ABOUT AIDS

AND ABOUT RETRIBUTION.

>> SO GLAAD WAS FORMED TO STOP

THAT KIND OF REPORTING.

>> GLAAD'S GOAL WAS TO, YOU

KNOW, MAKE SURE THAT THE MEDIA

PORTRAYS LGBT'S TRUE STORIES'

ACCURATELY.

POSITIVE IS GREAT, BUT ACCURATE

IS WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

>> TO BE REPRESENT SIDE TO BE

HUMANIZED AND AS LONG AS ANYONE,

ANYWHERE IS BEING MADE TO FEEL

LESS HUMAN, OUR VERY DEFINITION

OF HUMANITY IS SICK, AND WE ARE

ALL VULNERABLE.

I REMEMBER A TIME WHEN I

COULDN'T FIND ANY GAY CHARACTERS

ON TV.

>> EITHER WE WERE JUST

STEREOTYPED IN UNFLATTERING WAYS

OR WE WERE IGNORED.

>> SO AFRAID TO TELL PEOPLE.

I MEAN -- SUSAN, I'M GAY.

[ CHEERING ]

>> THERE ARE A HANDFUL OF

PIVOTAL MOMENTS IN MEDIA THAT

SIGNIFY GREAT LEAPS FORWARD

CULTURALLY AND FOR GLAAD,

FORTUNATELY, WE WERE A PART OF

MANY OF THOSE AND HELPING TO

SHAPE THAT NARRATIVE.

>> THE WORLD IS CHANGING, AND

THAT'S BECAUSE LOVE IS STRONGER

THAN HATE.

>> SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS

COUNTRY, IN THIS WORLD DON'T

KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE LGBT.

SOMETIMES THE ONLY INTERACTION

IS THE FIRST INTERACTION THAT

THEY HAVE WITH A MEMBER OF THE

COMMUNITY IS THROUGH THE MEDIA.

I DIDN'T SEE AN IMAGE OF A

TRANSGENDER MAN, AND I WOULD

HAVE REALIZED I WAS TRANSGENDER

MUCH EARLIER.

>> NOW ON TELEVISION WE ARE

SEEING JUST SUCH A BROAD

SPECTRUM OF DIFFERENCE, PEOPLE

WITH AN LGBT COMMUNITY AND IT

GOES ALL AROUND.

>> WE CREATE IMAGES IN THE

UNITED STATES AND MEDIA AND IT

GOES TO THE ENTIRE REST OF THE

WORLD AND THAT HELPS PEOPLE IN

THE ENTIRE REST OF THE WORLD

UNDERSTAND WHO WE ARE AS LGBT

PEOPLE.

>> GLAAD'S GOAL IS TO ACCELERATE

ACCEPTANCE TO MAKE SURE THAT

EVERYONE WHO IS LGBT CAN LIVE

THE LIFE THAT THEY LOVE.

>> IT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT

THAT WE WORK WITH THE MEDIA TO

WORK WITH THE WAY TRANSGENDER

PEOPLE ARE PORTRAYED AND THAT

THE TRANSGENDER PEOPLE ARE

EMPOWERED IT TOL THEIR STORY.

>> WE NEED TO SEE MORE PEOPLE OF

COLOR AND MORE INTERSECTIONS OF

OUR COMMUNITY.

>> THEY'RE STILL AVAILABLE IN

MEDIA TO A LARGE DEGREE.

THP IS WHEN BLAD IS MORE RELL

RENT AND MORE IMPORTANT IN OUR

LIVES THAN AT ANY MOMENT.