Ileanna Simancas

Actress Patricia Velásquez and director Fina Torres on their new film 'Liz in September'

A well-known Venezuelan director walks into a master class in Los Angeles and hears (arguably) the most well-known Venezuelan actress working in the United States doing a scene from a play the director has wanted for years to develop. What happens next?

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#SpiritDay message reaches Spanish-speaking households

#SpiritDay messages also went out on the air waves in Spanish-language media as hosts of national newscasts, morning shows, daytime programming and others wore purple throughout the day and shared statistics about the impact of bullying with their viewers.

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Latino celebs going purple for Spirit Day

GLAAD's Spanish-Language and Latino Media team has been reaching out to Latino celebrities, including many who star in Spanish-Language shows seen in the U.S. but also internationally, asking them to participate in Spirit Day. And they are stepping up to send a message of love and support to LGBT youth and against bullying.

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Ten Big Accomplishments in Spanish-Language and Latino Media in 2014

At GLAAD we're often asked how LGBT equality is doing in Latino USA and in Spanish-speaking countries. The answer isn't simple, not a thumbs up or thumbs down. It's instead complex, just like the world in which we live. We've seen many setbacks but also some wins. Let's take a minute to celebrate the good high points, because there were lots of them. Here's our top ten list of moments that mattered in Spanish-Language media in 2014.

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Telemundo's actors and executives create and share great Pride video

Producer and actress Ileanna Simancas was used to creating holiday-themed pieces with Telemundo's on-air talent, and last month she decided to change things up a bit and came up with a Pride month video concept. The daughter of a family of well-known actors from Venezuela, who had been around the entertainment business since birth, she knows the power of media. So she created a three-minute piece starring popular Telemundo telenovela actors.
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