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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network is calling Oakland actress and singer Zendaya a game-changer.
The organization known as GLSEN says it will recognize the 21-year-old entertainer with its Gamechanger Award at a gala ceremony next month.
The executive director of GLSEN says the award was created to spotlight the next generation of leaders, and Zendaya was chosen for her commitment to social justice.
The star of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and TV’s “K.C. Undercover” used her acceptance speech at last month’s Teen Choice Awards to call on young people to become engaged with current events and to speak up for what they think is right.
Zendaya will receive the Gamechanger recognition on Oct. 20 at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills, California.
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(RADIO.COM) – Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford came out as gay in 1998, and recalls the “warmth” and “love” he felt from the heavy metal community. In a new interview Halford lamented the state of equality in 2017 and said tolerance and open-mindedness are being rolled back in America and the UK.
“I just get so frustrated and angry that here we are in 2017,” Halford told Fox Sports. “Because of that society I grew up in, and to a still great extent today, we have this tremendous push back in equality. I always kind of felt as I was going through my teen years, my twenties and my thirties, things would be better – but they’re not. There’s still a long way to go in America and in my home country. And in some parts of the world, people like me get thrown off buildings. People like me get hung, just because of who we are.”
Halford added that practicing tolerance and acceptance is actually very simple, and he’s baffled by cultural resistance to LGBT rights and visibility.
“It’s a crazy world,” he said. “You’d think that by now we’d have just figured things out – live and let live, love each other and just accept each other for who we are. Life is short.”
The singer also opened up about his experience before coming out, specifically how he arrived at self-acceptance after years of hiding who he was from the world. When he finally came out, Halford says he feared backlash from his musical community.
“The thing about gay people is that, until we come out of the closet, we’re always protecting other people – ‘I can’t do this, because it’s gonna hurt so-and-so.’ We’re trying to live the lives of other people, and that’s the worst thing you can do,” he said. “You’ve gotta learn to love yourself, then you can go out in the world and try and figure everything else out. So I said that thing, and I went back to the hotel and I thought, ‘What have I done? There’s going to be a fallout.’”
However, Halford was pleasantly surprised by the affirming, accepting response he earned from heavy metal fans and peers.
“I’d never seen such an outpouring of love in all my life from everybody in the metal community,” he said. “‘Rob, we don’t care. We want you to be who you are.’ That was a tremendously uplifting moment for me. This just goes to show you that we in the metal community – probably because of the push back we felt because of the music we love – we are the most tolerant, the most open-minded, the most loving, the most accepting of all the kinds of music in rock’n’roll. So it was a great moment.”
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Today’s Song – Take me to Church.
Some songs just get you by the balls. This is one such song. “Take me to church, by Hozier”. Though, I prefer the Ellie Goulding cover version. I will link you to both. ? It’s just so damn perfect! I… Continue Reading →