ANTHONY RAMOS DIRECTOR OF TALENT ENGAGEMENT, GLAAD
As Director of Talent Engagement at GLAAD, Anthony Ramos has his finger on the pulse of social change through the power of entertainment. The Emmy-nominated producer and correspondent from Access Hollywood brought his unique talents to GLAAD in 2017 and is playing a pivotal role as the organization celebrates the 30th anniversary of its iconic GLAAD Media Awards in high style.
How are the GLAAD Media Awards turning up the volume at 30? Beyoncé and Jay Z were honored with the Vanguard Award in L.A. on March 28 as allies of the LGBTQ community; their speech blew everyone away. On May 4 we are honoring Madonna with the Advocate for Change Award in New York. She is only the second person to receive this honor - the first was Bill Clinton in 2013.
What are the biggest recent gains made by the LGBTQ community? The growing support for the trangender community. Last fall we saw trans peoplebeing elected to office and when Don Cheadle wore a “Protect Trans Kids” t-shirt on SNL it was an unbelievable moment.
How is the entertainment industry making progress when it comes to the trans community? The popularity of trans actors and advocates like Laverne Cox, the increase of trans characters on TV, like Nia Nal - played by Nicole Maines - on Supergirl, the fact that Leyna Bloom is the first trans woman of color to star in the Cannes-premiered film Port Authority, and the success of trans singer/songwriter Teddy Geiger make this a very exciting time! glaad.org, @glaad