GLAAD is traveling to Mexico City today to present iconic actress Lucia Mendez with a GLAAD Media Award for work she did to call attention in Spanish language media to LGBT youth suicide. This marks the first time GLAAD has traveled outside of the United States to present an award and we're very excited to be here, recognizing Méndez for her work. Méndez discussed LGBT youth suicide and the importance of educating the public with tour audiences and on high-rated shows like Ventaneando América, Escandalo TV, El Gordo y la Flaca and Al Rojo Vivo.
“Allies like Lucía help raise the visibility of issues that impact our lives and they help grow support for our community,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “As more and more people get to know gay and transgender people, they are coming to understand and respect our community.”We're also excited that the event is supported, in part, by local event sponsors. We expect lots of media to attend thanks to Lucia's popularity so get ready to read lots more after the event. Please click here to view GLAAD's full statement. While in. Mexico GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios will also meet with leading Mexican LGBT activists to find ways we can continue supporting their media work in Mexico. A majority of the Spanish-language media consumed in the United States is produced in Mexico