You’re invited to the queerest pop culture party of the year, the #Queerties!
You voted for your favorite LGBTQ entertainers, now come watch the live show to find out who won! The Queerties are streaming virtually on February 24, marking the first time that voters get to attend the award ceremony alongside the nominees.
Join hosts Heidi N. Closet and Queerty Editor-in-Chief Dan Tracer as they present a night full of star-studded surprises, including virtual red carpet appearances, winners’ acceptance speeches, special award presentations to Angelica Ross and Billy Eichner, and an exclusive musical performance from Bright Light Bright Light.
While we’ll certainly miss seeing all the incredible Queerties nominees in person this year, there’s one silver lining to hosting a live-streamed awards show in 2021 — everyone gets to attend!
Consider this your official invitation to join the first-ever virtual Queerties Awards Show presented by Lexus, recognizing the year’s best in LGBTQ culture. And it wouldn’t be an awards show without some very special guests.
RuPaul’s Drag Race star and “Future All-Star” nominee Heidi N. Closet will co-host the evening alongside Queerty’s Dan Tracer, announcing winners in everything from Film/TV to drag to social media. You can find a full list of categories and nominees here.
They’ll be joined by two very special honorees — Pose star Angelica Ross will accept the Groundbreaker Award, and Billy Eichner will receive the MVP Award for inspiring a get-out-the-vote campaign while staying safe throughout the pandemic.
The show will also feature a performance from Bright Light Bright Light, and appearances by Nicco Annan, James Bland, Isis King, Jai Rodriguez, Cameron Esposito, Shangela, Jinkx Monsoon, BenDeLaCreme, Willam, Alaska, HBO’s Veneno star Isabel Torres and many more.
The ceremony will stream live at 6pm PST / 9pm EST on February 24 at Queerty.comas well as on Revry (including Revry’s third-party channels on Samsung TV Plus, Roku Channels, Xumo, Stirr, Apple TV). You can also find it on Queerty’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Head here to RSVP, and we’ll see you on the red carpet!
Billy Porter doesn’t want you to forget. He’s working with GLAAD to remind everyone that LGBTQ voters, organizers, and groups like GLAAD made the difference in what was considered the most pivotal election of our time.
In a new video, the Pose star himself narrates a review of the tireless work that GLAAD committed to during the 2020 primary and general elections. The two-and-a-half minute spot highlights “the LGBTQ community’s impact on the 2020 general election, as well as the impact we are posed to have in the Georgia run-off,” GLAAD announced.
“After five primary debates without a single question about LGBTQ health care protections, workplace discrimination, violence against the community or support for the Equality Act, GLAAD deployed thirty years of media expertise to amplify the LGBTQ voice in the election conversation,” Porter explains.
He lists their media guide for journalists, petitions to debate moderators, and self-hosted Presidential Forum in Iowa as examples of the group “spotlighting LGBTQ issues on the national stage.”
“GLAAD led the charge to turn out LGBTQ and ally voters,” says Porter, “resulting in the biggest LGBTQ turnout ever.”
“Because of GLAAD, the voices — and the votes — of LGBTQ people and their allies were heard loud and clear at the ballot box, and GLAAD will continue to lead the fight for equality and acceptance,” Porter concludes.
If either incumbent — Kelly Loeffler or David Perdue — were to defeat their challenger — Rev. Raphael Warnock or Jon Ossoff, respectively — Republicans would retain control of the Senate. That means current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would remain in charge of the chamber’s agenda.
If both Loeffler and Perdue lose, there would be exactly 50 Republican and 50 Democrat Senators in the next Congress. That would allow Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to cast the deciding vote to end tiebreakers in the chamber, and giving pro-LGBTQ legislation like the Equality Act a chance of passing.
As Porter says, “the election is over, but GLAAD’s work goes on.”
That’s why GLAAD also announced that it will undertake yet another text messaging campaign this week, hoping to encourage millions of potential voters to make that difference yet again. They are working with LGBTQ organization Georgia Equality and VoteAmerica to reach as many voters as possible before polls close next Tuesday.
“Join millions of people supporting diversity and inclusion by voting in the Jan. 5th Senate runoff,” the sample text messages shared with LGBTQ Nation read. “Early voting is open now,” they remind readers, before encouraging them to find their nearest polling location and other information on the runoffs at GLAAD.org/georgia.
“The texts will continue through December 30 when early voting ends in select locations,” GLAAD said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the anti-LGBTQ records of Sens. Loeffler and Perdue were published to GLAAD’s Trump Accountability Project, also in collaboration with Georgia Equality. They found that Loeffler donates her salary to an anti-LGBTQ group and has close ties to the Family Research Council, a hate group, while Perdue has earned praised from the Council and the Family Policy Alliance, a lobbying front for another anti-LGBTQ hate group, Focus on the Family.
Neither have voiced support, or even acknowledged, the proposed Equality Act, GLAAD points out. Both Ossoff and Rev. Warnock support it.
That’s part of why GLAAD is working just as hard to get the vote out in the Peach state — and so far, early voting numbers reflect higher turnout than in November’s election.
“The general election began with a lack of attention given to LGBTQ issues and pivoted to the Trump Administration falsely positioning itself as LGBTQ-affirming in a shameless effort to court LGBTQ voters and our allies,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told LGBTQ Nation.
A post-election poll by GLAAD found that Trump only earned 14 percent of the LGBTQ vote, which was the same as he had in 2016. By contrast, Joe Biden earned 81 percent of the community’s vote.
That contradicted a previous analysis that determined that Trump had doubled his LGBTQ support in this election, based on an exit poll using a much smaller sample of LGBTQ respondents.
“Combatting that false narrative and growing visibility for LGBTQ issues became centerpieces of GLAAD’s largest election campaign ever,” Ellis said. “LGBTQ voters turned out in historic numbers and it’s thanks to our community, along with other diverse Americans, that pro-equality candidates crossed the finish line.”
GLAAD found that approximately 93 percent of LGBTQ identifying people voted, and 25 percent did so for the first time.
“Now, we must join together to secure another win for equality in the Senate run-off,” Ellis said, because “the Equality Act, an end to the trans military ban, and rollbacks of other recent anti-LGBTQ policies can become realities” after “years of advocacy.”
See GLAAD’s video as narrated by Billy Porter here first.
This week gay Twitter thirsted for a horrible gay Republican, Andrew Rannells described having on-screen sex with Tuc Watkins, and LGBT activists hoisted a rainbow flag high above Ukraine. Here’s what happened on Instagram:
Brian Jordan Alvarez took a shower.
Kelechi rocked a crop top.
River Viiperi stayed in bed.
Ricky Martin cast a shadow.
Bruno Alcantara swam in the ocean.
Mehcad Brooks sat on the porch.
Titanius Maximus smoked some.
Seth G prepped John Halbach and Kit Williamson for their benefit workout tomorrow.