Detroit Pistons' Reggie Bullock speaks out as an LGBTQ ally at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York

GLAAD today announced the Detroit Pistons player Reggie Bullock will speak at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 5th about his support for LGBTQ people and his sister Mia. Trans actresses Amiyah Scott (Star) and Angelica Ross (Pose) will introduce Bullock at the event. Bullock lost his trans sister, Mia Henderson, to fatal violence in 2014 and has since committed to using his platform to bring attention to the violence that transgender people face in this country, as well as supporting, celebrating and accelerating acceptance for all LGBTQ people. Just last week he tweeted a dream to play for the NBA while wearing a rainbow jersey. 

Earlier this year, GLAAD worked with trans advocate Chandi Moore, Athlete Ally, and the Detroit Pistons on a video that was released on Transgender Day of Visibility to spotlight Bullock's story and LGBTQ advocacy. The GLAAD Media Institute also trained Bullock to discuss trans issues in the media and tell his story.

“What happened to Reggie Bullock’s sister Mia Henderson was a tragedy and shouldn’t happen to anyone,” adds Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of transgender media and representation. “But the fact that Reggie Bullock wants to use this as an opportunity to talk about his support for LGBT people, and especially for transgender women, is really incredible.”

A graduate of University of North Carolina, Bullock has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ acceptance and has supported youth initiatives during his career. In July of 2014, Bullock's trans sister was the victim of a homicide in Baltimore.

During their introduction of Bullock at the GLAAD Media Awards this week, actresses Amiyah Scott and Angelica Ross will speak about their own experiences as trans women of color. Originally from New Orleans, Amiyah Scott first made her mark blazing a trail through the city’s underground ballroom scene. Having overcome bullying and intimidation to emerge as a proud advocate for the LGBTQ community, she continues to focus her efforts on providing trans women a voice. Scott made her acting debut on FOX's Star, where she plays the only trans character on broadcast television today. Angelica Ross can next be seen on the highly anticipated FX drama Pose. She’s also the co-star on the Emmy-nominated and Gotham Award Winning web series, HER STORY, and and founder of the nonprofit, Trans Tech Social Enterprises. 

Amiyah Scott at the 2017 GLAAD Gala Atlanta.

Angelica Ross at the 2016 GLAAD Gala San Francisco.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community. The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Gilead, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, and Wells Fargo.

GLAAD previously announced that Samira Wiley would receive the Vito Russo Award from actress Alexis Bledel and Ava DuVernay would receive the Excellence in Media Award. Gloria Carter, JAY-Z’s mother, will receive a Special Recognition Award for the song ‘Smile’ which appeared on her son’s 4:44album. GLAAD also announced that Melissa Etheridge and Adam Lambert would perform a duet, and that TV personality Ross Mathews will host the event, with special appearances by Halsey, Laverne Cox, Lea Michele, Wrabel, Tituss Burgess, and Asia Kate Dillon.