Thursday, March 26, 2009

Chad Allen Receives Special GLAAD Media Award Tonight

Chad Allen will accept The Davidson/Valentini Award tonight at the GLAAD awards ceremony, hosted in New York by comedian Kate Clinton. Chad has gotten close to the Berkshires, but has yet to appear here. He's been on stage at TheatreWorks in Hartford, and of course you can find DVDs of both his new films and old tv shows. He is one out and proud gay actor.

In 2008, Chad Allen produced and starred in the film Save Me which offered audiences a look into the world of so-called "ex gay" ministries. The film is nominated for Outstanding Film – Limited Release at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. You can read my take on it on the Arts America blog.

I have also chatted with Allen about his Donald Strachey Mystery series produced for here! television. Two of the films in the series, Ice Blues and On the Other Hand, Death, are nominated for Outstanding Television Movie at the GLAAD Media Awards this year. My conversation with him about On the Other Hand Death can be found here.

As an openly gay actor, Allen has demonstrated a commitment to bringing fair, accurate and inclusive images of the LGBT community to films and television and has advocated for marriage equality in interviews with media outlets including Larry King Live.

The Award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD's first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini. The award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community. Previous recipients include Ilene Chaiken, Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, Alec Mapa, Robert Gant, Sandra Bernhard, and the wonderful B.D. Wong who has appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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