GLAAD Global Voices: This Filipino TV personality dares to care for equality

As the leading LGBT media advocacy organization, GLAAD recognizes individuals who through their work positively impact the LGBT movement. Along with recognizing national activists, GLAAD also acknowledges individuals who make an impact on a global scale. Boy Abunda is one of those individuals.

Boy Abunda is a Filipino television host, publicist, talent manager and celebrity endorser. He is also known for his involvement in the LGBT community. He participated in the “I dare to care about equality”, a photographic campaign spearheaded by the Bahaghari Center for LGBT Research, Education and Advocacy.

“Nobody deserves the hatred of anyone, based on sexual orientation and gender identity. I support the campaign against homophobia because it is a crime. It’s not just a crime against the LGBT community but the entire humanity,” Abunda said.

 In 2011, Abunda also received the Eric Butter Philanthropy Award for his strong leadership in celebrating diversity and HIV/AIDS awareness.

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 working through the media to advance equality across the globe. Earlier this year GLAAD launched the GLAAD Global Voices program, which aims to build support for LGBT equality across the globe by sharing culture-changing stories of LGBT people and families in national and international media.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 12, 2014 at The Beverly Hilton and in New York on May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for equality.

GLAAD is proud to recognize individuals such as Boy Abunda who through their work help promote the international conversation about the inclusion of the LGBT community.