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.
Actress and entertainment correspondent, Maria Menounos presented GLAAD's inaugural International Advocate for Change Award to Manny de Guerre, director of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.