Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan will host GLAAD’s annual gala on September 15 featuring Pose’s Mj Rodriguez, RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Ross Mathews and Michelle Visage, tech journalist Ina Fried, and transgender pop star Kim Petras.
Alyssa Milano, an actor, producer, designer, philanthropist, author, and humanitarian, will receive the inaugural Ariadne Getty Ally Award. The Ariadne Getty Ally Award is presented to a LGBTQ ally who uses their voice and public platform to accelerate and affect acceptance for the LGBTQ community. This award is presented to someone who fearlessly works to end the injustices facing marginalized communities.
Milano has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ acceptance. She has raised awareness around ending HIV and AIDS, was a vocal supporter of marriage equality and regularly uses social media to amplify the voices of LGBTQ people. Milano also joined GLAAD for a rally in Times Square protesting a proposed ban on transgender Americans in the military and used her website, PatriotNotPartisan, to share the stories of Laila Ireland, a transgender veteran.
Milano was an outspoken supporter of passing marriage equality, appeared as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and stood with LGBTQ youth and against bullying by participating in Spirit Day.
Milano has also been a leading voice in the #MeToo movement. She is a UNICEF National Ambassador and testified before Congress on behalf of an Equal Rights Amendment that would write anti-discrimination into the U.S. Constitution. Most recently, she released a video speaking out against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, citing threats to LGBTQ and women’s rights.
Milano currently stars in the Netflix series Insatiable and starred on the hit series Charmed for nine years. She hosts Project Runway All Stars and also has her own women’s sports licensed clothing line, TOUCH by Alyssa Milano.
The award is named after philanthropist Getty, a native of San Francisco. Getty is a member of GLAAD’s Board of Directors and announced a $15 million lead gift to support GLAAD’s work to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance at the 2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Getty will attend the GLAAD Gala with her son, designer August Getty, and her daughter, artist Nats Getty.
“Alyssa Milano has long been an outspoken powerhouse for acceptance of LGBTQ people and other marginalized groups, just as the award’s namesake Ari Getty has done,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO. “Whether protesting the proposed ban on transgender people in the military or advocating for gender equality in Hollywood, Milano not only raises her voice, but leads actions that create substantive and lasting change.”