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Like, subscribe, and apply now to become a GLAAD Rising Stars Grant recipient for digital media!

August 1, 2018

GLAAD announced today that it is accepting applications for the 2018 Rising Stars Grants at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco.

The Rising Stars Grant for digital innovation honors and supports young people’s commitment to culture-changing work in the fields of social media, digital media, and technology.

The grant is offered annually to a young person (ages 18-30) who is enhancing LGBTQ people's experiences online and in their communities using social media, digital media, or tech. The recipient will receive $2,500 to further fund their work and initiatives and will be honored at the GLAAD Gala San Francisco in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, September 15th. Hotel and travel accommodations included.

To become a recipient of the Rising Stars Digital Innovator Grant, applicants must complete the online application form located on, and include a 90 second or less video explaining how their project(s) are enhancing the experiences of LGBTQ people, online and in their communities. The grant is available to a person or team of people and applicants can apply as individuals or as a team. Applications are due Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 by midnight PST.

Applicants must be available to travel to San Francisco, CA for the GLAAD Gala San Francisco on Saturday, September 15th, 2018. Applicants are asked to hold the following dates on their calendars (9/15/18 - 9/16/18).

2017 GLAAD Rising Stars Grant recipient, Prince Shakur. Getty Images for GLAAD.

Previous recipients of the Rising Stars Grant for digital innovation include advocate and educator Lindsay Amer, host of the viral YouTube series Queer Kids Stuff; journalist and activist Prince Shakur, host of the YouTube travel series Two Woke Minds; and advocate and journalist, Dani Marrero Hi, director of the bilingual multimedia platform, Neta.

Rising Stars Grants are also awarded at GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles and New York. Grant recipients at those events had the opportunity to meet with celebs like Troye Sivan, Jazz Jennings, Hannah Hart, and more to speak about LGBTQ advocacy. Highlights from the Los Angeles and New York ceremonies can be found here and here.

The GLAAD Rising Star Grants Program was created to celebrate young people’s commitment to enhancing LGBTQ representation within their communities and culture at large. Grants are offered annually to support young people in their initiatives to enhance intersectional LGBTQ advocacy and representation.

The details:

A GLAAD-appointed committee will select recipients based on the strength of the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s initiative positively affects marginalized communities, particularly LGBTQ people.
  • Applicant’s initiative uses innovative strategies on social and digital media or technology to enhance the experiences of LGBTQ people.
  • Applicant’s initiative uses media advocacy to enhance representation for LGBTQ people.
  • Applicant’s initiative uses an intersectional approach to LGBTQ advocacy.

Key dates for applicants:

  • Tuesday, July 31st, 2018: applications available.
  • Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018: applications due by midnight PST.
  • Friday, August 31st, 2018: All applicants are notified of status; recipients notified.
  • Saturday, September 15th, 2018: Select Rising Stars Grant recipient(s) to attend GLAAD Gala San Francisco.

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