Peruvian writer and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa recently drew international headlines when he criticized his country's Catholic Church for its stance on civil unions. Vargas Llosa described the church as "crassly ignorant" for saying that homosexuality was against the natural order and said passing civil unions would make Peru a more "decent" country. A libertarian and internationally read author, Vargas Llosa has spoken before in support of marriage equality.
TV icon and LGBT advocate George Takei will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York at the Waldorf Astoria on May 3 where he will receive the Vito Russo Award. Global superstar Kylie Minogue will perform at the show.
Tona Brown is nearly halfway to her $3500 goal to be able to be the first African-American violinist to perform at Carnegie Hall. GLAAD had a conversation with Tona, asking her about her love of music, her advocacy for African-American and transgender musicians, and what she is doing after her historic performance.
In conjunction with the inaugural International Advocate for Change Award to be presented at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, GLAAD is highlighting international advocates, including Brazilian singer Daniela Mercury.