As President and CEO of GLAAD, I can say without exaggeration that working fulltime for LGBT equality has been the most rewarding experience of my career. But what I've also learned is that hard work and collaboration are key. Allies are key to moving understanding and acceptance forward.
Sarah Kate Ellis and her family
Each and every day, GLAAD works with companies, media outlets, social media networks, and other nonprofits to move the needle on LGBT equality. Through collaborative initiatives like GLAAD's "Spirit Day"—the largest and most visible anti-bullying campaign in the country—we were able to unite every major American sports league (NBA/WNBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, and more) in a highly visible display of support for LGBT youth. Not long ago, the world of sports was thought to be less than accepting of LGBT people, but through teamwork, GLAAD and these leagues have led the way to creating a more equal playing field for all players.
When companies or individuals speak out for LGBT people, the world becomes a better and more inclusive place. It's companies like Southwest Airlines that not only provide GLAAD with the critical resources necessary to rewrite the script on LGBT equality, but also allow us to travel where news is breaking and where GLAAD's help is needed most. This Pride month, we're thankful for all of our partners who show support for LGBT initiatives yearround.
Sarah Kate Ellis with the cast of Orange is the New Black at the GLAAD Media Awards.
When your destination is a world where everyone is treated equally, no matter who they are or who they love, it's the innovative work we do with our partners like Southwest Airlines that takes America where it needs to go.