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.
LaLa Anthony's 'Single Ladies' Guest Role Counters Homophobia
LaLa Anthony, ally and advocate, and star of the show LaLa's Full Court Life, has recently joined the cast of the Queen Latifah-produced show, Single Ladies on VH1.
This is not LaLa’s first time addressing LGBT issues head on. She has expressed public support on many occasions, including this past March at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. Lala took the stage with another noted ally and advocate, Russell Simmons, where they both discussed the injustices brought against the LGBT community and their commitment to fight for equality, especially for LGBT youth. LaLa gave a special nod to the many youth in attendance during her speech.
Unsurprisingly, Lala was moved by this role when she auditioned and knew she wanted to be apart of the storyline. In her role, LaLa will play Tavis Winfrey, the sister of Omar, who plays a gay boutique worker on the show. LaLa will address the tense situation of navigating family relationships head on when LaLa's love interest, Marcus, expresses his homophobia.
“I think it’s definitely something that will touch home to a lot of people who’ve been in similar situations, and you almost feel like it’s a tug of war between your boyfriend and your family,” says LaLa to New York Daily News.
GLAAD appreciates LaLa’s commitment and example of using her platform to address homopobia in a media and social context, thus presenting positive, inclusive and affirming images of LGBT individuals, their families and their relationships.