CBS’ Survivor: Game Changers receives GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program at the GLAAD Rising Stars Luncheon

Award presented by Jackie and Juliet Evancho and Frankie Grande
New York, New York – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced that CBS’ Survivor: Game Changers received the GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Reality Program category. The announcement came during the GLAAD Rising Stars Luncheon at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. The Rising Stars event empowers and invests in the next generation of LGBTQ change makers, whose advocacy is changing their local communities and the culture at large. GLAAD also presented Rising Stars grants to three LGBTQ college students during the event. GLAAD will host the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards tomorrow, Saturday, May 5, where additional GLAAD Media Awards recipients will be announced.

Survivor: Game Changers was nominated alongside Viceland’s Gaycation with Ellen Page, TLC’s I Am Jazz, VH1’s Rupaul’s Drag Race, and NBC’s The Voice. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives.

Accepting the award on behalf of Survivor: Game Changers was contestant Zeke Smith.Survivor: Game Changers was Smith’s second consecutive season, and during a heated tribal council, another player told the tribe that Smith was a transgender man and accused him of being deceptive simply because he had not disclosed his gender history to the other players. Fortunately, Smith’s tribemates immediately understood that Smith was not deceptive simply because he played as his authentic self and that outing someone is wrong. GLAAD worked closely with CBS and Smith to ensure that when the episode aired, Smith would have the opportunity to speak for himself about his experience. The award was presented by Jackie Evancho (singer), Juliet Evancho (trans advocate), and Frankie Grande (television personality).

While accepting the award, Smith said: “My grand public outing made global headlines. Together, we changed millions of people’s perceptions of transgender people. We shattered stereotypes. We created a worldwide conversation about privacy and respect. Over the past year, I’ve met a lot of trans kids. Transitioning in middle and high school is hard. I see these kids struggling to retain hope that they’ll have an equal shot in the world. LGBTQ visibility on television matters because for many it is the only chance to glimpse their future. And to see that it is very bright.”

“Reality television has long been at the forefront of LGBTQ inclusion on the small screen, andSurvivor: Game Changers continued that legacy with its thoughtful and responsible handling of Zeke Smith’s story,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO. “By ensuring that Zeke would have the opportunity to share his story in his own words, the show sparked a national conversation about the trans community.”

The GLAAD Rising Stars program was presented by Barilla, Comcast NBCUniversal | Telemundo, Delta Air Lines, Turner, and Wells Fargo. Actor Nico Tortorella hosted the event, with a performance by Parson James, and appearances by Auli’I Cravalho (Rise), Ellie Desautels (Rise), Joshua Rush (Andi Mack), Milk (RuPaul’s Drag Race), and activist Blair Imani.

At the Luncheon, GLAAD also announced the college students who will receive Rising Stars Grants for projects that use media to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance. The 2018 recipients of the Rising Stars Grants in New York included diverse, intersectional artists and advocates Priscila Alegria Nunez, Kosoko Jackson, and Akila Prayaga.

The GLAAD Rising Stars Luncheon commences the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, which will take place on May 5 at the New York Hilton Midtown. GLAAD previously announced that it will honor Ava DuVernay, Samira Wiley, and JAY-Z’s mother Gloria Carter at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, hosted by Ross Mathews with special appearances by Halsey, Alexis Bledel, Laverne Cox, Lea Michele, Tituss Burgess, Nyle DiMarco, Wrabel, and Asia Kate Dillon.

At the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, held on April 12 at the Beverly Hilton, GLAAD announced the award recipients in 12 GLAAD Media Award categories. They are: This Is Us (Outstanding Drama Series), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Outstanding Comedy Series), “Thanksgiving” Master of None (Outstanding Individual Episode [in a series without a regular LGBTQ character]), Andi Mack (Outstanding Kids & Family Programming), A Fantastic Woman (Outstanding Film – Limited Release), When We Rise (Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series), Black Panther: World of Wakanda (Outstanding Comic Book), The Bold and The Beautiful (Outstanding Daily Drama), “Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist” by Samantha Allen (Outstanding Digital Journalism Article), TransGriot (Outstanding Blog), Las Chicas Del Cable (Outstanding Scripted Television Series – Spanish Language), “Tres Hermanitos Para Dos Papás” by Jacqueline García (Outstanding Digital Journalism – Spanish Language). GLAAD also honored Britney Spears with the Vanguard Award and Jim Parsons with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. GLAAD announced a Special Recognition Award for the animated short film In A Heartbeat. Nominees may be found here:

To receive the latest updates on the GLAAD Media Awards, follow @glaad on Twitter and use the hashtag #glaadawards.


GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit or connect with GLAAD onFacebook and Twitter.




MTV Movie & TV Awards | Announces Categories & Nominees

Tiffany Haddish to host 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

MTV is excited to announce the categories and nominees for the 2018 “MTV Movie & TV Awards.” Hosted by Tiffany Haddish, the show will celebrate the actors, stories and moments that drove pop-culture in the last year and will once again feature gender-neutral categories. Blockbuster juggernaut “Black Panther” leads the pack with seven nominations – this marks the first time the film is being recognized at an awards show since its groundbreaking release earlier this year.

With the “MTV Movie & TV Awards” being the very first tent-pole industry event during the Emmy campaign season, we couldn’t be more thrilled to also share that Emmy® Award-winning producer and director Joel Gallen will be returning as Executive Producer of the show!  Continue reading “MTV Movie & TV Awards | Announces Categories & Nominees”

Lambda Legal National Liberty Awards

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 30: (L-R) Actors Lea DeLaria, Selenis Leyva and Abigail Savage of “Orange is the New Black” attend the Lambda Legal 2018 National Liberty Awards at Pier 60 on April 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Lambda Legal)

Last night in New York, Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBT legal organization, hosted the 2018 National Liberty Awards, honoring former Lambda Legal attorney and founder of Freedom to Marry, Evan Wolfson. The Liberty Awards National Dinner honors advocates, activists and allies in the fight for LGBT equality.

The event held at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers was hosted by Orange is the New Black actress, Lea DeLaria and featured presenter and fellow Orange cast mate, Selenis Leyva who spoke of the advancements of LGBT equality and the personal significance it has had on her and her sister, Marizol,  a transgender Latina model, cook and activist. Guests were treated to a special live performance by Nathan Lee Graham, as well as Kim Petras who kicked off the after-party and had guests on their feet. Continue reading “Lambda Legal National Liberty Awards”

FRIDAY! The Only White Party Event Celebrating LGBT Artists

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The Only White Party Event Celebrating LGBT Artists

Friday, April 27, 2018

Kick off your White Party Weekend experience in style! Mix and mingle in the museum lobby and gardens, and also view the spectacular new Andy Warhol and Michael Childers exhibitions.
$150 VIP Private Preview and Reception 
5:00-6:00 p.m
(includes one-year Museum Membership and Valet Parking for the evening)

$75 General Admission
6:00-8:00 p.m.

* DJ Dawna Montell * Open Bar * Food * Warhol and Childers Exhibitions
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Sponsors: Harold B. Matzner, Jeffrey Sanker, Donna MacMillan, Mark Prior, Tom Minder & Duke Kulas, Newman’s Own Foundation/Patty and Arthur Newman, Justin David

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Watch the GLAAD awards TONIGHT on Logo!

29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
Don’t forget to set your DVR: Tonight at 8pm ET/PT, Logo will air GLAAD’s 2018 Los Angeles Media Awards, and trust us, you don’t want to miss it. Join with viewers all over America to take part in a emotional, inspirational, and rousing celebration of artists fighting for LGBTQ acceptance, including Britney Spears, Jim Parsons, Lena Waithe, host Wanda Sykes, and presenters Ricky Martin, Halle Berry, and more!

The awards air TONIGHT at 8pm ET/PT Logo, so tune in with your friends and family or set your DVR so you can watch later.

Thanks so much, and have fun!

P.S. Want to make a fashion statement like the stars at the LA Media Awards? You can buy your own Ampersand Pin to show you support GLAAD and people all over America coming together to fight for LGBTQ acceptance. Get yours now!

Recognizing the media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of LGBTQ people and the issues that affect their lives, the 29th GLAAD Media Awards, presented by Delta Air Lines, Gilead, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, and Wells Fargo will be bigger and more important than ever.

Funds raised from the GLAAD Media Awards support GLAAD’s crucial programs working to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. Now, more than ever, your support is critical to our work and the road ahead.

Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Jim Parsons, Wanda Sykes, Halle Berry, Lena Waithe, and Ryan Murphy move LGBTQ acceptance forward at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Britney Spears, 2018 GLAAD Media Awards

‘This Is Us,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ ‘A Fantastic Women,’ and more receive awardsLogo to exclusively air the world’s largest LGBTQ awards show on April 18 at 8pm ET/PT

Los Angeles, CA, Friday, April 13, 2018 – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, honored Britney Spears, , Jim Parsons and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives.

Logo will exclusively air the ceremony on April 18 at 8pm ET/PT.

Comedian Wanda Sykes hosted the event that included a smash performance by Superfruit. Halle Berry, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ryan Murphy, Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy, Rachel Bloom, Wilson Cruz, Trace Lysette, Anthony Rapp, Jazz Jennings, Tommy Dorfman, Zeke Smith, and Ben Feldman were among the special guests. The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Gilead, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, and Wells Fargo.

Photographs and video from the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York are available upon request.

Video of Britney Spears’ acceptance speech:

At the ceremony, Britney Spears received GLAAD’s Vanguard Award by surprise presenter Ricky Martin.  The Vanguard Award is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people.

Spears sent a message of acceptance saying: “To be accepted unconditionally and to be able to express yourself as an individual through art is such a blessing. Events like this show the world that we are not alone. We can all join hands together and know that we are all beautiful.”
Also at the event, writer, producer, and director Ryan Murphy presented Jim Parsons with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance. Parsons was surprised onstage by his ‘Boys In The Band’ cast mates, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Robin De Jesus, Brian Hutchinson, Charlie Carver, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Tuc Watkins.
In his acceptance speech, Parsons paid homage to Stephen F. Kolzak’s importance and impact.

“I, as an adolescent, was being shown an image of homosexuality on the TV that painted being gay as a death sentence. Stephen was hard at work trying to counter that image, and a large part of that protest was showing his face…claiming both his homosexuality and his HIV positive status.”

Halle Berry presented the award for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without and LGBTQ regular) for the “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None. Lena Waithe accepted the award and in her acceptance speech talked about the particular importance of the LGBTQ community coming together as family to support each other in this moment, saying “The more visible we are, the less they can act like we’re invisible.”

Video of Lena Waithe’s acceptance speech here:

Olympian Adam Rippon took to the stage and introduced a surprise guest: his friend and fellow Olympian Gus Kenworthy.

Chloe Grace Moretz and Tom Payne presented the award for Outstanding Comedy Series to FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Chelsea Peretti, Stephanie Beatriz, and Melissa Fumero accepted the award.

Rachel Bloom and Ben Feldman presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series to NBC’s This Is Us. Accepting the award was Denis O’hare.

Star Trek: Discovery’s Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz introduced two transgender service members, Laila Ireland and El Cook, and discussed their documentary, TransMilitary. Ireland and Cook shared their stories and highlighted the issues with a proposed ban on transgender troops in the military.

Keiynan Lonsdale and Alexandra Shipp of ‘Love, Simon’ presented the award for the inaugural Outstanding Kids & Family Programming to Disney Channel’s Andi Mack the day before the GLAAD Media Awards at GLAAD’s Rising Stars Luncheon. Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Joshua Rush, Lilan Bowden, Lauren Tom, Stoney Westmoreland accepted the award the previous day during the Rising Stars Luncheon at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

GLAAD previously announced a Special Recognition Award for Jay-Z’s song and music video “Smile” featuring his mother Gloria Carter who used the song to come out as a lesbian, and a Special Recognition Award to the animated short film In A Heartbeat.

Following is a complete list of the GLAAD Media Award recipients announced on Thursday in Los Angeles.

•           Vanguard Award: Britney Spears [presented by Ricky Martin]
•           Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Jim Parsons [presented by Ryan Murphy]
•           Outstanding Drama Series: This Is Us (NBC) [accepted by: Denis O’Hare; presented by Rachel Bloom and Ben Feldman]
•           Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character): “Thanksgiving” Master of None (Netflix) [accepted by Lena Waithe; presented by Halle Berry]
•           Outstanding Kids & Family Programming winner: Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
•           Outstanding Comedy Series: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) [accepted by: Chelsea Peretti, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, and producer Dan Goor; presented by Chloe Grace Moretz and Tom Payne]
•           Outstanding Film – Limited Release: A Fantastic Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)
•           Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series: When We Rise (ABC)
•           Outstanding Comic Book: Black Panther: World of Wakanda (Marvel Comics)
•           Outstanding Daily Drama: The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
•           Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist” by Samantha Allen (Splinter)
•           Outstanding Blog: TransGriot (

•           Outstanding Scripted Television Series: Las Chicas Del Cable (Netflix)
•           Outstanding Digital Journalism: “Tres Hemanitos Para Dos Papás” por Jacqueline García (

In January, GLAAD announced 125 nominees in 21 English-language categories and 16 Spanish-language nominees in 4 categories. The nominees for the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced during the Sundance Film Festival by actors Wilson Cruz (“13 Reasons Why,” “Star Trek: Discovery”) and Trace Lysette (“Transparent”). Nominees across entertainment and news media included This Is UsCall Me by Your NameLady BirdBattle of the SexesA Fantastic WomanBillionsThe VoiceWill & GraceAndi Mack, Halsey, Kesha, Kehlani, Teen VogueThe Daily Show with Trevor NoahNBC Nightly News, HuffPost, and CNN en Español. GLAAD announced a Special Recognition Award for Jay-Z’s song and music video “Smile” featuring his mother Gloria Carter who used the song to come out as a lesbian as well as a Special Recognition Award to the animated short film In A Heartbeat. Nominees can be found here:

The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards continue in New York City on Saturday, May 5. During that ceremony, Samira Wiley will receive the Vito Russo Award and Ross Mathews will serve as host. Special guests include Halsey, Laverne Cox, Asia Kate Dillon, Lea Michele and Wrabel.

To receive the latest updates on the GLAAD Media Awards, follow @glaad on Twitter and use the hashtag #glaadawards.

The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards corporate partners include Presenting Partners Delta Air Lines, Gilead, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, and Wells Fargo. GLAAD is also grateful to: Official Partner Bud Light; Platinum Partners 21st Century Fox, Allstate Insurance Company, AT&T, Creative Arts Agency (CAA), Comcast NBCUniversal | Telemundo, Disney ABC Television Group | ESPN, Hyundai, Kaiser Permanente, Kelley Drye, MetLife, NBA | WNBA, Netflix, Omnicom Group, SheppardMullin, Southwest Airlines, and Turner; Gold Partners CBS | Showtime, Facebook, Nielsen, PwC, UM, Univision, Warner Bros.; and Silver Partners Coca-Cola, Hornet, Major League Baseball, Morgan Stanley, Pride Media, Skadden, Variety, and WWE. For a full list of corporate partners and information on how to become a corporate partner, purchase tickets, and place a tribute in the tribute book, please visit


GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.


Women for American Values and Ethics (WAVE) is honored to welcome comedian, TV host, writer, and activist Chelsea Handler, with Special Guests Congressmembers Karen Bass and Ted Lieu, to Orange County.

“Like so many across the country, the presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box will mark a defining moment for our nation,” Handler wrote on Twitter. “My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way.”

Your support of MAKE WAVES WITH CHELSEA HANDLER, SPECIAL GUESTS CONGRESSMEMBERS KAREN BASS AND TED LIEU is your opportunity to raise your voice and participate in a more meaningful way.With the funds raised, WAVE will register new voters, conduct outreach to immigrant and student communities, develop voter education materials, and mobilize voters in our four targeted congressional districts within Orange County. The current representatives do not support progressive American values and ethics, and consistently vote against protecting the environment, civil rights for immigrants and the LGBTQ community, women’s issues, and gun safety.



  • Helayne Angelus and Mike Friedman
  • Teri and Ken Bassman
  • Christine Bren and Chad Brokaw
  • Rita and Howard Conn
  • Charlotte Finklea and Michael Dunn
  • David and Bonnie Eastman
  • Lena Evans
  • Julie and Stuart Frost
  • Artyn and Max Gardner
  • Cindy and David Gitter
  • Lara and Dan Horgan
  • Toni Iseman
  • Michelle Jordan
  • Arlene and Jim Joyce
  • Michele Johnson
  • Katie Kalvod
  • Liana Miller
  • Ali and Lindsay Monge
  • Sherilyn Pillsbury
  • Audrey Prosser and Debra Quam
  • Gena Reed
  • Danea and Jim Riley
  • Kathleen Treseder and Jim Randerson
  • Beth Daley Ullem
  • Becky and Frank Visconti
  • Joanna and Jason Weiss

*list will be updated regularly to reflect new Host Committee members.

Please let us know if you would like to learn how to become a Host Committee member!



The Dinah welcomes Stephanie Rice (of The Voice) to 2018 music lineup

Jessie Reyez, Snow tha Product, Rapsody, Madame Gandhi, Brooke Candy, Ariana and the Rose also set to perform

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Adding to the already impressive music lineup for the 28th annual Dinah Shore Weekend, Club Skirts announces a performance from acclaimed pop-rock artist Stephanie Rice, best known for her appearance on season 12 of NBC’s The Voice.

Stephanie Rice uses her music to share her powerful story of resilience through emotional, compelling performances. After coming out to her parents ten years ago, Rice found herself estranged, completely alone and unwanted. She bounced back, moved to Houston from her hometown of Texarkana, graduated with a degree in Biology at the University of Houston, and entered the professional medical field where she conducted groundbreaking research involving HIV.

Throughout Stephanie’s time as a scientist, she continued aspiring to share through songs her observation of life, love and pain. In 2016, she decided to commit to music full time, completing her debut album, Dear Misery with a band she formed and fronts, Colonial Blue. The album received regional praise, including being named one of the top 12 best albums by the Houston Chronicle.

After making it to the top 11 finalists of The Voice, Stephanie left the show empowered with validation and support from fans around the world, including her coach and mentor, Alicia Keys, who called Rice “the purest artist on this show… you are a producer, you are a musician, you play multiple instruments, you are a writer, you are exactly what an artist is supposed to be.”

Stephanie Rice will be performing Thursday, March 29 at Zelda’s Nightclub for the Official Dinah Opening Party.

More information on the 2018 lineup, including excerpts from past press releases:


Jessie Reyez has been taking the music industry by storm since she first released her debut EP Kiddo, which was famously championed by Sir Elton John on Beats 1 Radio. The Colombian-Canadian singer/songwriter has since been on an unstoppable meteoric rise. She played the Governor’s Ball, her first New York festival and stunned audiences with a breathtaking performance of her heartbreak anthem “Figures” at the 2017 BET Awards. She appeared on Calvin Harris’ “Hard to Love”, and wrapped up a U.S. tour, which culminated back home in Toronto with a sold-out show at the Mod Club. The burgeoning singer accomplished another milestone when she made her late-night talk show debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last summer. Today, her star is still rising as she is sitting with a record deal from Island Records.

A pioneer in the fight against sexual harassment, Reyez made a lot of noise when she released the eye-opening song “Gatekeeper” and companion short film of the same title: a gut-wrenching, dark and uncomfortable 12 minute piece she co-wrote with director Peter Huang, narrates, and acts in. Released last April, the song has become newly resonant, standing as a precursor of the #Metoo movement. Reyez herself embodies the meaning of “living on your own terms” and “taking charge” and continues to blaze an inspiring trail for many young aspiring female artists to follow.

Jessie Reyez performs at the Sunday night Closing Party at Zelda’s Nightclub.


Snow Tha Product, an MTV VMA award winning Latina lyricist and emcee with hip-hop, pop and R&B sensibilities, is exactly the rapper we need right now. The SoCal native, who records in both English and Spanish, has been involved in some pretty high-profile music collaborations, working with the likes of Ty Dolla $ign and Lin-Manuel Mirandaon “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” from the Hamilton Mixtape.

A well known artist and influencer in the social media world, the Atlantic Records artist has a legion of loyal fans awaiting her new releases. When not working on music, she’s building up her acting credits, which includes a recurring role on USA Network’s “Queen of the South” as gang leader Lil’ Traviesa. She has been recognized and respected throughout the hip-hop industry for carving her own lane. Her reputation as a spitfire performer has her nonstop energy shows selling out from the West to East Coast.

Snow Tha Product hopes to one day become a role model for future generations and a voice for all Latinos. Making a whole lot of noise, Snow Tha Product is commanding the spotlight, and has everyone eagerly waiting to see what’s next at The Dinah.

Catch Snow Tha Product headlining The Dinah’s TGIDF Pool Party, March 30at the Hilton Main Pool.


Hailed as one of the most acclaimed MCs in American hip-hop today, 2018 double Grammy Nominee, Rapsody, is confirmed to take center stage at Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend.

The Snow Hill, NC native created more than a massive buzz at the close of 2017 with the release of her lyrically poetic solo album dubbed Lalia’s Wisdom. The smoldering album, in which she expertly spins out stories of love, resilience and female empowerment, features an impressive list of monster names including rap heavyweight Kendrick Lamar.

From her humble beginnings as part of a rap collective dubbed Kooley High to being discovered by award-winning producer Patrick “9th Wonder” Douthit in 2008, to trading verses with Kendrick Lamar on his Grammy-nominated album To Pimp a Butterfly, to Grammy Award nominations for her solo release, Rapsody’s journey is nothing short of extraordinary.

Joining a small exclusive group of artists, she had the privilege to be invited at the White House by former President Barack Obama and Herbie Hancock to perform at the International Jazz Fest.

“I want to be an artist that shows women that they do have a choice to be respected off their talent alone and not because of…looks or gender. The only thing that matters is that you are dope,” says the incredibly talented trailblazing artist.

She joins The Dinah 2018 line up as the perfect example of a powerful woman defining her career her way, on her terms.

Catch Rapsody at The Dinah’s April 1Sunday Funday Pool Party, held at The Hilton Hotel in downtown Palm Springs.


American rapper/vocalist/internet personality Brooke Candy grew up in the greater Los Angeles area, where she developed an early love of fashion and music. Candy whizzed into Internet fame with a raw, no-nonsense delivery, a penchant for dirty talk, and a string of outlandishly stylized, provocative music videos. She is notoriously known for her cameo appearance in Grimes’ hit single “Genesis,” which gained viral success, quickly racking up millions of views, and gained her a cult following online.

Inspired in part by 90’s rapper Lil’ Kim, Candy’s own musical career stands out with her uniquely blunt, irreverent sound and hyper-sexual, highly explicit songs presented in colorful videos. The provocative artist made a couple of guest appearances on Charlie XCX‘s tracks including the singles “Cloud Aura” and “I Got It” featuring Cupcakke andPablo Vittar.

She released her own Opulence EP in 2014. Throughout 2016 and 2017, she released a string of singles including pop hit “Living Out Loud” featuring mentor Sia, which went to #4 on the dance charts following a remix package.

The self-identified queer artist separated with her record label Sony RCA in 2017 in hopes of getting back to her punk inspired roots. Brooke has been hard at work shaping her solo career and showcasing her smooth flow and raunchy realness. Her next single is a collaboration with Lizzo, which will be followed by her second EP Who Cares, produced byMNDR, to be released in this spring on Wondersound Records.

Artists like Brooke Candy are now more than ever needed. She’s effervescent, charismatic and fearless and the freedom and enthusiasm she expresses is beyond contagious… she leaves you wanting more; it’s electrifying and undeniably best experienced live!

Brooke Candy will headline The Dinah’s Saturday Wet & Wild Pool Party at The Hilton Hotel in downtown Palm Springs.


Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name as Madame Gandhi, is the voice of a new generation. “I want music to make feminism culturally relevant. I want my music to make gender equality culturally even more relevant,” says the young artist. A champion of sisterhood and female empowerment, Madame Gandhi practices what she preaches.

The musician and activist based in LA gained international recognition as the iconic free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon. Her choice caused a media frenzy, sparking a global viral conversation about how we treat menstruation in various cultures, combating period stigma around the world.

Gandhi grew up between New York City and Bombay, India, playing drums and attending The Chapin School. She currently holds degrees from Georgetown (Math, Political Science, Women’s Studies) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. While attending Georgetown, she also immersed herself in the vibrant DC music scene, once playing Bonnaroo as the drummer for the famed Thievery Corporation. Between 2011 and 2013, she worked at Interscope Records as their first ever digital analyst, studying patterns in Spotify and YouTube consumption behavior. In 2013, Gandhi linked up with Grammy-nominated artist M.I.A. and began touring internationally with her as her drummer.

In 2017, she released her solo EP Voices, which explores feminist ideals through spoken word, rap and electronica. Taking the world by storm, Madame Gandhi is on a meteoric rise. She recently opened for Ani DiFranco on her Rise Up tour, her SXSW performance was named one of SPIN Magazine’s favorite of the entire event, and she recently performed on an episode of Amazon’s new series “I Love Dick.”

She now continues to travel to perform and speak about modern gender equality, and is also working on her full-length album.

Madame Gandhi headlines The Dinah’s Friday night Pink Party at the Palm Springs Convention Center.


Ariana and the Rose writes, sings, and performs a coming-of-age story, one that resonates with current music lovers who seek communities where they can totally be themselves. Think a cosmic fusion of Kate Bush and Robyn: strong women of synth-pop and alternative rock, grandiose but grounded. Her honest synth driven songs have accumulated over 3.5 million streams and her vivid and experiential music videos have amassed over 2 million views.

Ariana’s breakthrough EP Retrograde features singles “Supercool” and “How Does That Make You Feel,” two synth anthems, celebrating the strength and duality of the female spirit, both tracks gaining notoriety and praise from outlets such as Vogue and Nylon. Ariana’s songwriting is also showcased on “Love You Lately” with electro-R&B duo RKCB. The heartbreak song has been supported by the likes of Noisey, applauding Ariana’s ability to “capture the sting of relationship disintegration.”

Ariana kicks off 2018 featuring on Feenixpawl & Harley Knox single “Bones” that will no doubt stake its claim as one of 2018’s most infectious pop-dance crossover anthems. While touring across the UK and the US supporting and sharing stages with artists such as Cyndi Lauper, PeachesJack Garratt, and Allie X, and performing at festivals including The Great Escape and SXSW, Ariana has been working on music and a show that truly represents herself.

Her unique brand of performance that transcends the traditional boundaries of a concert is truly showcased in Ariana and the Rose’s immersive live music party ‘’light + space,’’ a galactic multi-sensory disco. Nylon Mag captured Ariana’s galactic grandiosity when they said, “Pop culture craved a technicolored synth pop powerhouse in the making, and Ariana and the Rose dropped in from her special place in the cosmos to quench it.” Her purpose is clear: step into her starry universe, and leave your inhibitions at the door.

Ariana and the Rose perform Saturday’s Wet & Wild pool party at the Hilton Main Pool.

Dinah tickets go up March 1st. Win free tickets. Info inside. Book your hotel now!

These Club Partners are hosting Dinah Parties in the next few weeks where you can enter to win free passes and have a good time doing it!
All club addresses are on file at
Lez Do Brunch – Bar10 – WeHo – March 3
Gossip Grill – San Diego – March 7
Girl’s Locker Room – Pomona – March 8
Vida – DJ Val G – Bay Area – March 10
2029 East Paseo Gracia
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Tickets on sale now at
The Hilton is almost sold out!
The Courtyard Marriott
has 60 rooms left.
We just added three VIP Rooms.

Get your Sing, Meadowlark tickets now!

Sing, Meadowlark tickets going fast. Get yours now! Don’t miss this fun play of politics, a gay gene, and an earthquake!

Join our great Palm Springs cast
for the production of

Sing, Meadowlark
A Readers Play by Ronni Sanlo


LGBT Center of the Desert Women’s Programs

The Great Earthquake creates a new island off of the coast of California. Simultaneously, the gene that causes homosexuality is discovered. All who test positive are sent to the new island called Cali. Sing Meadowlark recounts the stories of both a young lesbian professional and the older lesbian prime minister from Cali and the challenges of returning to an America that is officially openly hostile to lesbian and gay people. 

March 10, 2018, 2:00 PM
Four Seasons Ballroom
3800 Four Seasons Blvd.
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Tickets are $15 and $25.

Ticket sales to $1000 matched by two anonymous donors!

The Palm Springs cast:
Shirelle Alexander
Ken Blochowski
David Brooks
Noreen Caswell
Ruth Debra
Linda del Bianco
Christine Logan
Rick Lubrano
Lin Phillippi
Joy Silver
Shay Taylor
Kerrie Terry
Mei Ling Tom
Katie Ullman
Paul Zak
Get your tickets here!

Brooke Candy Headlines The Dinah’s Saturday Pool Party



Palm Springs, CA – Brooke Candy is the latest artist announced to join the stellar entertainment line up of the 2018 world renowned Dinah Shore Weekend (March 28 –April 1). Continue reading “Brooke Candy Headlines The Dinah’s Saturday Pool Party”


By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/18/18 – Who in our modern age is able to live Biblically?  David Koresh (featured in WACO)?  Sister Helen Prejean (featured in DEAD MAN WALKING)?  People like these probably occupy opposite poles of the spectrum. Continue reading “LIVING BIBLICALLY to Air on CBS”

4PLAY: SEX IN A SERIES Debuted in LA on Valentine’s Day

Kaitlin Large and Eve Danzeisen
(Photo: Kelsey Risher)

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/15/18 – Boy meets girl, boy meets boy, girl meets girl–but who’s keeping score any more?  Love is love is love!

On the evening of Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 4PLAY: SEX IN A SERIES began its run at The Actor’s Company located at 916 A North Formosa Avenue in Los Angeles right in time for couples of all kinds to enjoy on Valentine’s Day!  THT was thrilled to be a part of this opening and open bar for the after party.  This smash hit drama explores the meaning of entanglement with the help of gay, lesbian, and heterosexual twosomes.  Performances will continue through St. Paddy’s Day on March 17th. Continue reading “4PLAY: SEX IN A SERIES Debuted in LA on Valentine’s Day”

“What do you believe in, when you’re alone in the quiet?”

By Kate Kight

Washington DC (The Hollywood Times) 2/13/18 – Catholic is derived from two Ancient Greek words that translate to ‘universal’, a religion meant to encompass the world through peace and forgiveness. Born in blood and oppression, the Catholic church has outlasted empires and spread across the continents to become a dominate political and religious force. Continue reading ““What do you believe in, when you’re alone in the quiet?””

24th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala Held in Palm Springs

En Vogue

By Valerie Milano

Photos by Corlyce Olivieri

Palm Springs, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/13/18 – “Have fun with fashion and help others living with HIV!”  Those concepts are key at the annual “creative formal” Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala held in Palm Springs.  The compassionate support of these party-goers empowers Desert AIDS Project to think globally and act locally! Continue reading “24th Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala Held in Palm Springs”

GLAAD will be honoring Britney Spears with the Vanguard Award at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles!

29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
It is our great pleasure to announce that GLAAD will be honoring Britney Spears with the Vanguard Award at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles! The awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Beverly Hilton

GLAAD’s Vanguard Award is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people. Previous honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, and Patricia Arquette.

Britney Spears is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon, and one of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop history with more than 100 million records sold worldwide. Spears is a longtime ally and supporter of the LGBTQ community. She has reliably stood up for LGBTQ youth on GLAAD’s Spirit Day by going purple on social media to speak out against bullying. In 2017, Spears was among 140 entertainers including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, and Laverne Cox to speak out in an open letter against two anti-LGBTQ bills which targeted transgender youth in Texas and were later defeated.

Britney Spears to Receive Vanguard Award at 29th Annual GLAAD
Media Awards!

Spears has a legacy of embracing her LGBTQ fans. Most recently, Spears penned a heartwarming love letter to the LGBTQ community with Billboard Pride in which she shared that the community’s unwavering loyalty and acceptance both uplift and inspire her. “I have a secret to share with you,” Spears wrote. “You see it’s actually you that lifts me up. The unwavering loyalty. The lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to be better people.”

Join us this April in Los Angeles to honor Britney Spears! For information on how you can attend this year’s GLAAD Media Awards, visit

Recognizing the media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of LGBTQ people and the issues that affect their lives, the 29th GLAAD Media Awards, presented by Delta Air Lines, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo will be bigger and more important than ever.

Funds raised from the GLAAD Media Awards support GLAAD’s crucial programs working to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. Now, more than ever, your support is critical to our work and the road ahead.



LAS VEGAS, NV – Returning to Sin City for the second consecutive year, ClexaCon is a unique kind of media and entertainment convention for LGBTQ+ women and allies.

Taking place in Las Vegas April 5th through April 9th, 2018 at the Tropicana Hotel, ClexaCon celebrates queer female characters and stories, comics, books, connecting fans, celebrities, creators and journalists.
It also hosts a series of panels on a multitude of topics, workshops, charity events, parties, as well as a three-day film festival and a loud message of gender equality, female empowerment, diversity and inclusion.
The event brings together actresses, directors, producers, writers, comic book illustrators, visual artists, academics and fans from over 40 countries and all 50 U.S. states to celebrate the best of LGBTQ+ TV and film and discuss how to improve representation across all media platforms.
Nothing is more crucial and urgently important today than diversity and inclusion, and not just in Hollywood but in all business models and fields. This is where ClexaCon comes in as a leader in an industry-wide conversation to effectively rally together the decision makers and influencers of our community to formulate and put forth real change to counter the lack of representation for LGBTQ+ women in front and behind the camera.


With that in mind, ClexaCon aims to foster dialogue around various aspects of diversity including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and age, among others.


It also focuses on ‘inclusion’ with a series of panels tackling issues ranging from ‘Bias in the Media and Stereotype’, ‘Bisexual Representation in the Media’, ‘Decolonizing the LGBTQ Sphere: Indigenous Queer Representation in the Media’, ‘Gaysian: Queer Asian Representation’ and ‘Disabled LGBTQ+ Representation’, to name a few.


Continuing its endeavor to create a morally accountable event, ClexaCon is dedicating its social responsibility platform this year to The True Colors Fund. Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, the nonprofit organization works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world in which young people can be their true selves.


What started as a simple meet-up to unite fans of LGBTQ+ pop culture, evolved into a full-blown convention with over 2,000 attendees last year. ClexaCon is expected to welcome some 3,000+ attendees this spring.


In its first year, ClexaCon brought quite a variety of celebrity guests who are playing or have played LGBTQ+ characters on screen.


Last year, Sara Ramirez, known for her role as bisexual Dr. Callie Torres on the popular television series, Greys Anatomy joined the conversation at the queer women of color pop-up panel, speaking about her own bisexuality and struggles as a biracial woman.


Ramirez wasn’t the only celeb to get personal.  Many others joined the convention and this year will be no different.
Featured guests for 2018 include Chlyer Leigh (Supergirl, Grey’s Anatomy), Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow), Isabella Gomez, Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce (One Day at a Time),  Anna Silk (Lost Girl), Dot Marie Jones (Glee), Nikohl Boosheri (The Bold Type), as well as many returning guests including Amy Acker (The Gifted, Person of Interest), Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest, The L Word), Katherine Barrell, Dominique Provost-Chalkley and Emily Andras (Wynonna Earp), Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla), Elizabeth Keener (The L Word, Skirtchasers), Rachel Skarsten (Lost Girl, Reign), Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl, Dark Matter).
The name ClexaCon was born from the fan favorite ship ‘Clexa’ (Clarke & Lexa) on the show The 100.  In 2016, lesbian Commander Lexa was killed by a bullet minutes after consummating her relationship with bisexual lead, Clarke Griffin, thus checking all the boxes of the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope. This heartbreaking moment led the organizers of ClexaCon to create one of the first conventions geared towards LGBTQ+ women to move the conversation forward in a more positive way.


ClexaCon was created and is run by Holly Winebarger, Ashley Arnold and Danielle Jablonski  with the goal to provide a safe space and a world-wide community of LGBTQ+ women and allies who love TV, film, comics and books; to encourage more LGBTQ+ women to get involved in content creation; to embolden allies to improve representation for LGBTQ+ characters in their creative work.


“We hope attendees feel empowered. We want them to leave knowing this industry, like all industries, is in desperate need of more diverse voices.  Pick up a camera, grab a pen, start writing, start creating because there are other people who care about what you have to say,” says Ashley Arnold.


What makes ClexaCon relevant and current within today’s social, cultural and political landscape is that it is the only event of its size in the world.  More and more comic con-type events are popping up all over the U.S. but it’s hard to find LGBTQ+ content in those spaces, let alone events that are geared specifically to our community.


At a time when lesbian spaces, festivals and publications are rampantly vanishing all across the country, ClexaCon becomes fundamentally necessary to reconnect a community – making an impact by providing a safe place for LGBTQ+ women from all walks of life to come together and act as agents of change.


ClexaCon is dedicated to being both a resource and an advocate for the value of diversity, equality and inclusion. It is now becoming a marquee destination for all things women in entertainment, proving that there is both quality and quantity to be found when it comes to creative work that represent LGBTQ+ women.



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