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At the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on Saturday, GLAAD's CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis shared her vision for the organization and received two standing ovations. LGBT advocate and best-selling author David Mixner introduced Sarah Kate, praising her leadership. The GLAAD Media Awards fund GLAAD's year-round work to build support for equality. You can watch Sarah Kate's speech here.

The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - New York were held on Saturday at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Press coverage centered around several of the famous faces speaking out for LGBT people as well as spotlighting trans celebrities like Laverne Cox, who appeared on the cover of USA Today's Life section as part of awards coverage. TV icon George Takei took home the Vito Russo Award; Kylie Minogue and Kacey Musgraves performed live; and celebrities--including the cast of Orange is the New Black, Naomi Watts, Emmy Russom, Fortune Feimster, Boy George, Raúl Castillo, Frankie J. Álvarez, Big Freedia, Chely Wright, and many more--came out to enjoy the night and celebrate the LGBT community in the media. The GLAAD Media Awards fund GLAAD's year-round work to build support for equality. See photos and videos from the event at glaad.org/mediaawards/recap.

GLAAD is collaborating with The National Coalition for the Homeless and the Ali Forney Center on a new national campaign that will focus on sheltering homeless youth, including LGBT youth. The campaign, which was announced on Monday, will build a grassroots campaign to demand a national response to youth homelessness. Read more here.

It was recently announced that GLAAD's CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis will be a featured speaker at the Queer Women Who Tech Summit in New York. Lesbians Who Tech aims to build visibility and the numbers of queer women in technology while also strengthening the network among them and their organizations. GLAAD is also one of the Summit's partner organizations, and you can get 25% off the cost of registration with the code LWTGLAAD. Learn more about the event, taking place June 19-22 in New York City, at lesbianswhotech.org/nysummitRead more here.

Demi Lovato sent a powerful, heartwarming message to youth in Chile and throughout Latin America about homophobic and or transphobic bullying. In the video, she says "you are beautiful and worthy of life" and shares her own experience being bullied.  GLAAD worked with Demi and her team after meeting with Chilean advocates from the TodoMejora foundation, an organization based on the viral It Gets Better campaign that seeks to support LGBTQ youth and their well-being. Lovato will appear in Chile on May 8th and Todo Mejora knew her fans would be thrilled to hear a message of support. GLAAD will be going to Chile in June to work with advocates on media work.

Grammy Award-winning country music artist Kacey Musgraves performed at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City this weekend, and ahead of the performance she's taking some heat from at least one anti-LGBT activist. Working with country music artists is extremely important as our movemevent works to reach new LGBT allies in the South. We want to thank Kacey by showing as much support for her as possible. Join us and show your support for Kacey by tweeting to @KaceyMusgraves. Make sure to include the hashtag #FollowYourArrow. Read more here.

Tiq Milan, senior media strategist and national spokesperson, facilitated a media training for transgender advocates at the third annual Black Transgender Advocacy Conference. The Dallas Texas event was organized by Black Transmen Inc, the first national non-profit organization of African American transmen and women soley focused on acknowledgment, social advocacy and empowering Black transgender people with resources and community support. The four day event hosted several workshop and discussion about intersecting issues in the Black trans community and created strategy around best practices for community empowerment. Dr. Kourtney Zeigler founder of Trans Hack and Arianna Lint, Executive Board Member of The Trans Latina Coalition keynoted the conference.

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