The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), founded 40 years ago, was originally a protest group against defamatory coverage of gay and lesbian demographics and their portrayals in media.
A lot has happened since then. These days, stories including LGBTQ people are in our daily viewing.
This year, the organization won the Governor’s Award at the 75th Emmys. Backstage, I asked the folks at GLAAD what it meant to receive this award on MLK’s birthday.
“I think it’s no mistake… Our movements and our fight for racial equality and LGBTQ acceptance and equality and women having the ability to control their own bodies — these are all integrated and intersectional. So it’s, for us, it’s really profound that we’re winning this today on MLK Day and on the 75th anniversary of the Emmys, and we think that there’s a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s wonderful to take a moment and pause about how far we’ve come.”
It is so comforting to know that many organizations have followed in the footsteps of Dr. King to achieve equality. We now see it in many aspects of our society. We’ve got a long way to go, but boy, we have come so far. Don’t stop, don’t stop. And don’t stop following me on social media @tanyahollywood and @aurnonline.