GLAAD partners with NYC Pride & SVA Theatre to Host GameChangers Event during WorldPride featuring George Takei, Leyna Bloom, Trace Lysette & Gabrielle Korn

On Tuesday evening, GLAAD partnered with NYC Pride/Heritage of Pride and the School of Visual Arts’ Theatre to host the GameChangers event in New York. Led by LGBTQ leaders in the entertainment industry, the GameChangers event hosted an intergenerational discussion from those who paved the way for LGBTQ visibility in film & television and where we go from here.

The GameChangers event included a curated panel discussion, moderated by NYLON’s editor-in-chief Gabrielle Korn. The panelists for the event included George Takei, Trace Lysette and Leyna Bloom. With an acting career spanning six decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series, Star Trek. Leyna Bloom is an actress, model and pioneer for trans people of color in the fashion and film industries. Trace Lysette is an actress who is best known for her recurring role as Shea on all 5 seasons of Amazon’s “Transparent.” You can find full bios of the panelists here.

Throughout the evening, the panelists took on questions about being LGBTQ in the entertainment and media industry, including discussions about their inspirations, their biggest roadblocks throughout their career, advice for LGBTQ youth aspiring to enter the industry, next steps for accelerating acceptance for LGBTQ people in the industry, and what Pride month means to them. Following the Q&A, a networking reception was provided for the guests.

Check out some of the best photos and social posts from the GameChangers event below:


An enormous thank you to NYC Pride/Heritage of Pride and the SVA Theatre for partnering with GLAAD on this incredible event. A special shout out goes to our incredible panelists George Takei, Leyna Bloom and Trace Lysette for a wonderful night of inspiring discussion and for using their platforms to pave the way for LGBTQ people in the entertainment industry.