Michaela Jaé Rodriguez to Receive Stephen F. Kolzak Award at GLAAD Media Awards

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez has something special to be GLAAD about…

The 31-year-old half-Afro-Puerto Rican actress, singer and activist, also known as Mj Rodriguez, will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from GLAAD, the queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, at the 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards.

MJ RodriguezThe Stephen F. Kolzak Award is presented to a LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance.

The award is named after a legendary casting director, who devoted his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBTQ people as well as people living with HIV. Previous Stephen F. Kolzak honorees include Laverne Cox, Jim Parsons, Wanda Sykes, Troye Sivan, Ruby Rose, Chaz Bono, Stephen Warren, Melissa Etheridge, and Sir Ian McKellen.

“Michaela Jaé Rodriguez is an undeniable talent who is changing the way audiences understand trans people while breaking down barriers for the trans community and LGBTQ people of color within the entertainment industry,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Her performance as Blanca on Pose was one of the most important and impactful roles in the history of LGBTQ representation on television, and she continues to spearhead the future of trans visibility and inclusion in entertainment through her talent on screen, in music, and as a passionate activist.”

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show in the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences globally.

The ceremony is set for Saturday, April 2 at the Beverly Hilton.

A New York ceremony will be held at the Hilton Midtown on Friday, May 6, 2022.

Naya Rivera Stands Up Against Gay Bullying…

Naya Rivera and Mario Lopez aren’t afraid to speak their minds when it comes to gay bullying…

The 24-year-old “Glee” star and 38-year-old actor and “Extra” host appear in a new anti-gay bullying campaign by sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Entitled “Amplify Your Voice,” the campaign features a series of PSAs with celebrities and young people speaking out against anti-LGBT bullying.

The ads urge viewers to take a stand against anti-LGBT bullying and direct viewers to GLAAD.org for resource kits offering best practices to parents, teachers and students. The free kits feature resources from organizations like the American Federation of Teachers, GLSEN, the National Center for Transgender Equality and The Trevor Project.

Other celebrities appearing in the spots include LGBT advocate and Dancing With the Stars competitor Chaz Bono, Tori Spelling, Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler and the cast of ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.”

Meanwhile, GLAAD also revealed the plan for “Spirit Day” on Thursday, October 20, in which businesses like MTV and AT&T will adopt purple logos and people will wear purple to stand against LGBT bullying. Bravo’s Andy Cohen, MTV’s Steve-O and “Top Chef” host Padma Laksmi have confirmed that they’ll participate in this year’s “Spirit Day.”