WWE Superstars and Divas including Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox, Sheamus and Kofi Kingston are the latest celebrities to take a stand against anti-LGBT bullying in GLAAD’s “Amplify Your Voice” PSA series. The new spot – produced with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and which directs viewers to anti-bullying resource kits on GLAAD.org -- will debut tonight on USA Network (9pm/8pm C) as part of the WWE “Tribute to the Troops” special.
Advocate.com premiered the PSA online today, noting that the spot reminds WWE's "young male–dominated audience to think before they say or do something malicious or homophobic toward others."
"Tides continue to shift as more and more athletes, celebrities and sports leagues speak out in support of equality for everyone,” said Mike Thompson, Acting President of GLAAD. “By taking a stand against anti-LGBT bullying, WWE is sending a clear message that homophobia is unacceptable both in and outside of the ring.”
In 2011, WWE began work with GLAAD to help address LGBT issues in its programming. GLAAD has since met with talent and editorial staff to discuss LGBT inclusion and the harms of anti-LGBT language. In April, GLAAD also became one of the first members of WWE and Creative Coalition’s anti-bullying “Be a STAR” alliance.
Earlier this year, GLAAD unveiled its “Amplify Your Voice” PSA series featuring dozens of celebrities speaking out against anti-LGBT bullying. Participating talent includes NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal, Russell Simmons, Vinny Guadagnino, Rev. Al Sharpton, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Chaz Bono, Tori Spelling, Naya Rivera, Mario Lopez and Dustin Lance Black, among several others.
GLAAD thanks both USA Network and WWE for helping send a message to millions of fans that anti-LGBT bullying is unacceptable.
WWE Tribute to the Troops airs tonight at 9pm/8pm Central on USA Network. Be sure to tune in!