VIDEO: GLAAD talks LGBT visibility at "Ricki and The Flash" premiere #GotYourBack


 

In Meryl Streep's latest film, "Ricki and The Flash," she stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a musician who left her family to pursue her dreams. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption. Directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody, the film includes moving storylines of acceptance, including a relationship between Streep's character and her gay son.

In this series of video interviews at the world premiere of "Ricki and The Flash" in New York City, GLAAD's Claire Pires talks LGBT visibility and acceptance with the red carpet attendees. Nick Westrate, who plays Streep's gay son in the film, talks about the importance of showing Ricki's road to acceptance of her gay son; transgender advocate, model, and actress Carmen Carrera, who plays a hair stylist in the film, highlights the importance of transgender actors; Selenis Leyva, who is most well-known for playing "Gloria Mendoza," on "Orange is the New Black," opens up about her transgender sister and why she is an LGBT ally. Other red carpet attendees, including "Orange is the New Black's" Lea DeLaria and Jackie Cruz, and musician Jenny Lewis, who wrote the song "Cold One" for the film, explain the need for LGBT visibility and acceptance.

Each attendee in the interview also participated in GLAAD's #GotYourBack campaign, which empowers LGBT people and their allies to speak out in support of acceptance.

"Ricki and The Flash" premieres on Friday, August 7, 2015. 

GLAAD's video series, GLAAD: All Access, features interviews with newsmakers, hit-makers, and people accelerating acceptance. Watch GLAAD's interview here:

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