More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns Set to Appear on Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show!
The interview is set to be filmed today (Tuesday, Oct. 19) and will air tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 20), just in time for Spirit Day! (Please note that The Ellen DeGeneres Show is syndicated, so you'll need to click here to see when the show's on in your area.) Please DO NOT miss this interview, where for the first time, you'll meet Joel's mother, Janette! Fun fact: an Ellen watch party is happening Wednesday afternoon in downtown Fort Worth (111 W. 4th St. at 2:30 CST). Having had a bit of success with YouTube recently, Joel decided to upload this video Wednesday for those attending the watch party.
GLAAD also wants YOU to wear purple tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 20 (Spirit Day) - both out in the world AND online. Please click here for information as to why this is so important, then click here for instructions on how you can 'go purple' on Facebook & Twitter.
As nearly 2 million YouTube users are already aware, Joel Burns is the rockstar councilman from Fort Worth who shared a very emotional and heartfelt message about anti-LGBT bullying at last Tuesday's (Oct. 12) meeting of the Fort Worth City Council. Immediately, GLAAD reached out to offer support to Joel about how to speak to Americans about LGBT issues. In addition to providing Joel with media training aimed at strengthening his message, GLAAD pitched Joel's story nationally to help expand his reach. Since our media training last Thursday, millions of others have been exposed to Joel's powerful message against bullying through appearances on CNN, MSNBC, virtually every network morning show and national evening newscast, Inside Edition, NPR's All Things Considered...and the list goes on and on. To see a complete listing of all Joel's recent and upcoming media coverage, please click here.
Here's a sneek peek of Joel's interview with Ellen:
And once again, here's the video that started it all: