To mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, glaadBLOG is exclusively premiering a new PSA starring transgender actress Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money), encouraging viewers to treat others with dignity and respect regardless of gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.
Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded nine years ago to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was murdered November 28, 1998. The annual event is designed to raise public awareness of anti-transgender hate crimes and to encourage people to be allies to the transgender community.
The 20-second spot is part of GLAAD's ongoing "Be an Ally & a Friend" campaign. The PSA starring Ms. Cayne is the first of 22 new spots which will appear on national cable networks and local affiliates throughout 2009.
The spots encourage people to be allies to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and to help combat discrimination, directing viewers to resources at GLAAD.org.
32 public figures from television, film and music are featured in the new campaign. They are (alphabetically): actor Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money), Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money), Gabrielle Christian (South of Nowhere), comic Kate Clinton, Lauren Collins (Degrassi: The Next Generation), actor Alan Cumming, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, Loretta Devine (Eli Stone), Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters), Van Hansis (As the World Turns), Cheyenne Jackson (Broadway's Xanadu), Paul James (GREEK), T.R. Knight (Grey's Anatomy), Alec Mapa (Entourage), Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), comic Graham Norton, Tony Potts (Access Hollywood), Maeve Quinlan (South of Nowhere), Anthony Rapp (RENT), comic Caroline Rhea, Ron Rifkin (Brothers & Sisters), Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls), Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Jake Silbermann (As the World Turns), singer Joss Stone, Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Sofia Vergara (Dirty Sexy Money), musician Rufus Wainwright and Eduardo Xol (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition).
Please view the new spot below and share it with your friends!