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2014 GLAAD Media Award Nominations

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For 25 years the GLAAD Media Awards have honored entertainment, journalism and individuals who exhibit outstanding images of the LGBT community. The winners will be presented in two ceremonies this Spring- April 12 in Los Angeles and May 3 in New York. Among the nominees this year include Dallas Buyers Club, Elton John, Orange Is The New Black, Lady Gaga, Geography Club and Pretty Little Liars. Given how homo-erotic Teen Wolf is, the MTV supernatural series received nada. The organization also puts the spotlight on online and traditional publications. Check out all the nominations below.

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A&E Lifts Phil Robertson’s Suspension

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According to A&E, “indefinite” roughly means nine days. That’s about how long it took the network to lift its suspension of Phil Robertson and reinstate him back to Duck Dynasty after the homophobic and racial comments he made during his GQ interview. With no filming actually taking place during that time, the suspension was more symbolic than anything.

Naturally, A&E’s decision to bring back Robertson to the fold is polarizing. The disappointed ones, including GLAAD, accused the network of choosing “profits over African American and gay people.” While the conservatives are rejoicing with their First Amendment win.

“Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists,” the organization stated. “If dialogue with Phil is not part of next steps then A+E has chosen profits over African American and gay people – especially its employees and viewers.”

Honestly, the second the Robertson family responded to A&E’s suspension by threatening not to film, I knew this was coming. Duck Dynasty is a huge cash cow. No matter their final decision, A&E was going to get flack either way. At least this way, they get to cash in. Love them or hate it. The Robertson’s “checkmate bitch” move had the network cowering. Unlike most reality stars, the Robertson family didn’t need A&E. These hicks were beyond wealthy even without their reality show. Check out A&E’s full statement below.

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Sounds like your typical course of action when someone puts the proverbial foot in their mouth. Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson is in hot water after making controversial comments in the January 2014 issue of GQ magazine.

It all began when Robertson started to talk about the erosion of morality in America. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes fine,” he said. Innocent enough, but then it’s all downhill from there, adding “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there — bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

As all good reborn Christians do, he tries to quote the Bible, the Book of Corinthians to be exact.

“Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. … Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

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Following a yearlong campaign by GLAAD, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) approved a resolution on May 23, 2013 that will allow gay youth to participate in scouting. The Boy Scouts will maintain its ban on gay and lesbian parents and leaders, however though. Baby steps right?

The group’s anti-gay stance has been widely criticized by celebrities, former members, advocacy groups and President Obama himself. Protests have included former members turning in their badges, corporations like Chipotle pulling their sponsorship and musicians Train and Carly Rae Jepsen canceling their concert at the group’s upcoming annual National Jamboree. With that said, I’m sure there will be homophobic donors and companies who’ll pull funds due to the BSA’s now inclusionary mandate.

According to GLAAD, approximately 1,400 members of the Boy Scouts National Council convened in Grapevine, Texas and passed the resolution by 61.4%. The new policy which states that ‘no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone’ won’t take effect until January 1, 2014. Check out the full statement below.

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During last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, Adam Lambert was honored with the organization’s prestigious Davidson/Valentini Award. An award presented to an out LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. The American Idol runner-up became the first out LGBT artist to reach number one on the Billboard 200 with the release of his 2012 album Trespassing. Mel B was on hand to present the award to Glambert.

The 31-year-old also picked up another award during the event. He tied with Frank Ocean in the category of Outstanding Musical Artist category. Other honorees include Archie Comics‘ Kevin Keller and the San Francisco Giants. The baseball team is the first professional sports organization honored by GLAAD. They were the first ever professional sports team to host an HIV/AIDS benefit game in 1994 and first major league sports team to record a video for the It Gets Better project.

Joining in on the festivities were Jinkx Monsoon (RuPaul’s Drag Race); Rex Lee (Suburgatory); Jaymes Vaughn, James Davis (The Amazing Race); Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills); Tamala Jones (Castle); Guillermo Diaz (Scandal) and Jessica Clark (True Blood) to name a few. Check out Adam’s speech below along with the rest of the winners.

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Yesterday, I posted about the winners at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards along with former President Bill Clinton’s speech. Today, GLAAD uploaded a few more videos from the star-studded event that took place at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live on Saturday, April 20.

We have Darren Criss singing “Call Me Maybe.” Before you release a collective huge groan, the Glee star performs it differently. He does it with the “original lyrics” which happen to include Prop 8, DOMA, same-sex adoption and all kinds of LGBT references. I’m curious to know why GLAAD didn’t share Kelly Rowland’s performance with us.

Next we have Chris Evans joining his openly-gay brother Scott and their mother at the podium. The family banters back and forth about familial matters. It’s cute to see the Evans brothers interact.

For the event, both Betty White and Alex Pettyfer auctioned off kisses to the highest bidder. I wonder which attendee scored a chance to plant a big wet one on the Magic Mike star. Lucky mofo. As much as you’d think Alex was the main draw, it would seem that White was the one most desired. Not only did Pettyfer steal a kiss from her, but Cloris Leachman as well. She burst onto the stage trying to tongue the Hot In Cleveland actress.

Check out all the aforementioned videos, along with clips of Harvey Weinstein and Jennifer Lawrence introducing Bill Clinton and Drew Barrymore kicking the event off.

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The 2013 GLAAD Media Awards took place on Saturday (April 20) in Los Angeles. Drew Barrymore hosted the event at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live which featured a performance by Kelly Rowland.

On hand for the annual event were Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Matt Dallas with his fiance Blue Hamilton, Darren Criss, Alex Pettyfer who gave Betty White a smooch, Chris Evans with his gay brother Scott and many more including Jennifer Lawrence who debuted a brand new hairstyle. The Silver Linings Playbook actress was there to present the inaugural Advocate for Change Award to Bill Clinton for his work campaigning to legalize same-sex marriage.

“I want to keep working on this until not only DOMA is no longer the law of the land, but until all people, no matter where they live, can marry the people they love. I believe you will win the DOMA fight, and I think you will win the Constitutional right to marry. If not tomorrow, then the next day or the next day.” – Bill Clinton

In 1996, the ex-president signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as a partnership only between a man and a woman. In recent years, he’s changed his stance and campaigned heavily against anti-gay legislation proposed in various states. He credits his daughter Chelsea and her gay friends for seeing the way. Others honored last night include The New Normal, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Days of Our Lives. Check out all the winners, Clinton’s speech and a few more photos below.

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It’s not what you think. Rather they’re all coming out as allies for the LGBTI community. GLAAD has enlisted international action film superstar Jackie Chan along with Seinfeld‘s Jason Alexander to take part in their new “Coming Out For Equality” PSA videos. Chan reunites with his Rush Hour director, Brett Ratner, who helms the campaign.

“It’s not enough to talk about those fighting for freedom, for equality, until you are one of those fighting,” Jackie Chan

Clearly Ratner is still doing penance for using the “F-word.” If you recall, he stepped down from producing the Oscars after saying, “rehearsals are for fags.” After publicly apologizing, Brett has made every effort to show he’s not a homophobe. He teamed up with Tom Ford and GLSEN to create PSAs addressing using anti-gay language aimed at teens. Months later GLAAD honored him with their Ally Award.

Others participating in the “Coming Out For Equality” campaign include Kristen Johnston (Third Rock From The Sun), Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Sarah Shahi (The L Word), Tamala Jones (Castle), Jaime King (Hart of Dixie), Deray Davis (Barbershop) and wrestler Hudson Taylor. Speaking of the latter, for his video, he’s featured out of the “closet” since he’s been an LGBTI ally for years. OUT magazine even featured him as one of the hottest straight athlete allies.

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