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Video: Tracey Gold, Carson Kressley Speak Out in Support of Equality at the #glaadawards in New York
Kirk Cameron’s Growing Pains co-star Tracey Gold was on the stage at the 23rd GLAAD Media Awards in New York and took the opportunity to speak out in support of equality. On March 2, Cameron described gay people as “unnatural” and “destructive” on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight. Last night while on stage with Carson Kressley, Tracey Gold voiced her support of the LGBT community by saying “When it comes to media, GLAAD is all over it. My former Growing Pains co-star made some comments recently. Kirk spoke his mind, but I want my voice of love and support to be louder. I say, there is nothing wrong with being gay. I was always taught that people should be loved and accepted for who they are.” Watch the video below.
In addition to the work done around Kirk Cameron’s comments, GLAAD recently launched the #StandUpForEllen campaign and was joined by close to 50,000 people from all over the country, including many celebrities, in support of Ellen DeGeneres who was hired as a spokesperson by J.C. Penney. The anti-gay group "One Million Moms.com, a project of the American Family Association" launched a campaign demanding that the retailer fire Ellen simply because she is gay. J.C. Penney stood by its decision to hire Ellen and the beloved talk-show host will make an appearance at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 21.
Tracey Gold and Carson Kressley joined hosts Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera along with Ted Allen, Laverne Cox, Dakota Fanning, Vinny Guadagnino, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Isis King, Padma Lakshmi, Jay Manuel, Bernadette Peters, Thomas Roberts, Kim Wayans, and others at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, which helps fund GLAAD’s work to share culture-changing stories that build support for equality.
Ellen will join Valerie Bertinelli, Fran Drescher, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Hutcherson, Ali Larter, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Gilles Marini, Anna Paquin, Molly Shannon, Kim Wayans and Betty White as they voice their support for equality by attending the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. On June 2, another Glee star, Dianna Agron, will be taking center stage by hosting the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco. For ticket information, click here.
The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York were presented nationally by Ketel One and Wells Fargo, and presented locally in New York by Delta Air Lines and Prudential. Delta Air Lines is the local presenting partner in Los Angeles. Southwest is the local presenting partner of San Francisco.