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Posted on Apr 16, 2014

VIDEO: Maria Menounos presents Int’l Advocate for Change Award to Manny de Guerre at #GLAADAwards

Actress and entertainment correspondent, Maria Menounos presented GLAAD's inaugural International Advocate for Change Award to Manny de Guerre, director of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held in Los Angeles on April 12.

Menounos introduced Manny by describing the challenges that Side by Side has faced, including fines, police interference, and bomb threats. Memounos was part of a campaign to bring visibility to LGBT Russians earlier this year.

In accepting her award, Manny de Guerre spoke about the challenges faced by LGBT Russians. "We can hope that those in power relent, but recent indicators point to even more repressive measures. It pains me that young LGBT people in Russia are growing up without hope of a better life and that's why Side by Side refuses to give up.  We will not be silenced," de Guerre said. "With the support of our audiences, partners in Russia, volunteers, international friends and supporters we will continue our work, bringing social change Side by Side!"

GLAAD will continue working with the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival, offering support and resources to make the event as safe, meaningful, and positive as possible.

Other special guests at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media awards included:  Rita Moreno who presented the Vanguard Award to Jennifer Lopez.Ellen Page who presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Laverne CoxNorman Learreceived the Pioneer Award. Manny de Guerre, LGBT advocate from Russia, received the International Advocate for Change Award. Other guests included:  Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave); Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory); Naomi Campbell (The Face); TatianaMaslanyJordan Gavaris (Orphan Black); Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey); Eric DaneRebecca GayheartNatasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle); James Frain (Intruders); Alex Newell(Glee); Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries); Ross Mathews (Hello Ross); Maria Menounos(Chasing Maria Menounos); Sherri SaumTeri PoloPeter PaigeBradley Bredeweg (The Fosters); Lucas Neff (Raising Hope); Meghan McCain (Take Part Live); singer Debby Boone;Caitlin Stasey (Please Like Me); Luke Newberry (In the Flesh); author and transgender advocate Chaz BonoShane Bitney CroneLinda Bloodworth-Thomason (Bridegroom);Katherine Fairfax WrightMalika Zouhali-WorrallJohn "Longjones" Abdallah Wambere(Call Me Kuchu); Charlie Condou (Coronation Street); Sophie Ward (Jane Eyre); Pratibha Parmar (Nina's Heavenly Delights); Jill SolowayAmy Landecker, Ian Harvie (Transparent);Kate MansiGuy Wilson (Days of Our Lives); trans advocates Calpernia AddamsAndrea JamesHusbands creators Brad BellJane Espenson; comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer; trans model Carmen Carrera; trans singer Our Lady J; GLAAD National Spokespersons, Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr., and GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis.  DJ Tracy Youngwas the guest DJ at the after-party.

Photos and videos are available here.

Additional awards will be presented in New York City on May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria, tickets are available now.

The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka, Wells Fargo, and Hilton Worldwide. The Los Angeles event is presented locally by Delta Air Lines and Bud Light.

April 16, 2014
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Posted on Apr 14, 2014

You light up her life: Debby Boone speaks about LGBT acceptance at the #GLAADAwards

One of the celebrities who walked the red carpet at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards was Debby Boone, the singer of the massive 70s hit, "You Light Up My Life." During a conversation with Traipsing Thru Films, Boone talked about GLAAD's work, along with how friends and family moved her to a place of accepting and loving LGBT people.

On Top Magazine reports:

Speaking to Traipsing Thru Films at the event's red carpet, Boone, whose father Pat Boone has publicly spoken out against gay rights, said she and he husband were attending the event with a lesbian couple.

“I'm really happy to be here in support of GLAAD, because I am one of the people that has made the transition from an old way of thinking to a new one. And I think that's really the crux of what GLAAD is all about.”

When asked what had happened to change her mind, she answered: “I have really good friends and family members that have changed my mind. And the couple that we're with tonight is a lesbian couple who attended the church where my husband was associate rector.”

April 14, 2014
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Posted on Apr 14, 2014

Court orders Ohio to recognize out of state marriages of same-sex couples

A federal judge ruled against the state of Ohio's ban on marriage equality, ordering it to recognize all same-sex marriages performed outside of the state. However, the decision does not enact marriage equality in Ohio. Also the decision is stayed pending an appeal.

The Washington Blade reports:

In a 45-page decision, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black determined the Ohio law barring recognition of out-of-state same-sex weddings violates protections under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“The record before the court, which includes the judicially-noticed record in Obergefell, is staggeringly devoid of any legitimate justification for the state’s ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and, therefore, Ohio’s marriage recognition bans are facially unconstitutional and unenforceable under any circumstances,” Black writes.

Black’s ruling against the state’s ban on recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages was expected because the court announced at the end of arguments on April 4 that a ruling against the ban would likely happen. However, the ruling doesn’t allow same-sex couples to wed in Ohio.


April 14, 2014
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