April 12, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Vanguard Awards Gala to honor Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin is among one of four being honored at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 49th annual Vanguard Awards Gala this year.

“Our honorees fully embody strength, compassion, and resilience. They set the stage for what will be an amazing and inspiring evening,” the Center’s CEO Lorri L. Jean said in a statement. According to Variety. “At a time when threats to the well-being of the LGBT community happen almost daily, this event will be a celebration of our collective humanity and commitment to building a world where LGBT people thrive.”

Other honorees include TV producer Greg Berlanti, his soccer-star-turned-producer husband Robbie Rogers and philanthropist Ariadne Getty.

The Vanguard Awards website describes the recipients as follows:
Photo: Courtesy Vanguard Awards.
RICKY MARTIN – Recently nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the FX Drama Series, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Ricky Martin continues to soar in his third decade as a leader in the entertainment industry. Since his first solo album release in 1991, Martin has appreciated a worldwide fan base, sold over 70 million records, and has won multiple Grammy awards. In 2004 he founded The Ricky Martin Foundation, an organization dedicated to denouncing and exposing global human trafficking, a worldwide crime that enslaves approximately 30 million people. After the catastrophic Hurricanes Irma and Maria of Puerto Rico in 2017, Martin was compelled to start an initiative to revive his homeland. The Ricky Martin Foundation organized The Puerto Rico Relief Fund which has raised almost $5 million to date.
Photo: Courtesy Vanguard Awards.
GREG BERLANTI & ROBBIE ROGERS – WGA, DGA, and Golden Globe-nominated writer, director, and producer Greg Berlanti is the force behind the most inventive and acclaimed works in film and television. He is best known for his work as executive producer and co-creator of The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Upcoming television projects include Lifetime’s straight-to-series thriller You; the live-action version of DC Entertainment’s Titans, as well as Doom Patrol; Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Netflix; All American for The CW; God Friended Me and The Red Line for CBS; and recently announced Batwoman series for The CW. Berlanti will make television history with a total of 14 scripted series on the air at the same time. His most recent feature directorial project is the critically acclaimed Love, Simon.

Television producer and former professional soccer player Robbie Rogers is best known as the first openly gay male athlete to compete in a top North American professional sports league. Internationally, Rogers represented the U.S. Olympic Team in Beijing in 2008. Rogers published his memoir Coming Out to Play in 2014 and was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. As an LGBT advocate, he currently works closely with charities such as GLSEN, championing LGBT issues in K‐12 Education, and serves as an Ambassador for The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, providing educational, strategic and financial assistance to grassroots organizations supporting LGBTQ communities and individuals. He will produce the upcoming new series All American to debut on The CW in October.

Photo: Courtesy Vanguard Awards.
ARIADNE GETTY – Ariadne Getty is a lifelong philanthropist dedicated to serving disenfranchised populations. She is the president and executive director of the Ariadne Getty Foundation, which since 2004 has partnered with nonprofit organizations worldwide to improve the lives of individuals and communities through large-scale investments and social activism. In addition to financial contributions, Ariadne donates her time and energy to causes she supports. As a member of GLAAD’s board of directors since 2016, she works tirelessly to inspire and motivate others to better understand and accept the LGBTQ community.

The Vanguard Awards will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Beverly Hilton. For more information, click HERE.

Related Posts

National AIDS Memorial Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award Given to Westside Local

April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

Poet, Activist, Artist, and Westside local Ima Diawara uses her art and activism to raise greater awareness about bigotry, stigma...

Edify TV: Helping Local Cultural, Religious and LGBTQ+ Centers

April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

Westside cultural, religious and LGBTQ+ centers stand to benefit from a new fund the City of Los Angeles has created...

Lil Nas X “Satan Shoes” Controversy

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

Since releasing his controversially queer-positive music video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” gay singer/rapper Lil Nas X has had...

West Hollywood Celebrates National Poetry Month

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

The City of West Hollywood will celebrate National Poetry Month in April with a variety of events and exhibitions honoring...

L.A. Stage Alliance To Cease Operations After Several Companies Exit

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

The Los Angeles Stage Alliance (LASA) announced that it would “cease all operations” following the departure of more than 25...

Gender Neutral Potato Head- E.P.I.C Pride Show, April 7th, 2021

April 6, 2021

April 6, 2021

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture.  – Gender Neutral Potato Head  –...

James Charles Admits Messaging 16 Year Old Boys

April 4, 2021

April 4, 2021

YouTube star, makeup artist and Los Angeles resident James Charles issued an apology video entitled “Holding Myself Accountable” admitting to...

Trans Los Angeles A Film Full Of Queer Latinx Talent

April 4, 2021

April 4, 2021

Trans Los Angeles is an anthology composed of four short films directed and written by transgender director Kase Peña. Each...

Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower Gets Facelift

April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

The Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard tower gets a fresh coat of paint and a bit of a facelift just in...

Pride Poets’ Corner: Double Dutch Nymph By Féi Hernandez

March 28, 2021

March 28, 2021

The Pride LA and West Hollywood Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace would like to introduce Féi Hernandez featuring their latest work...

Los Angeles Becomes First No-Kill City For Animal Shelters

March 28, 2021

March 28, 2021

The City of Los Angeles has become a no-kill city for animal shelters for the first time, thanks to the...

Long Beach Rainbow Lifeguard Tower Burned Down

March 25, 2021

March 25, 2021

Long Beach’s rainbow lifeguard tower, painted by lifeguards in June in honor of Pride month, was destroyed in a fire...

Candlelit Vigil Held For Rayanna Pardo

March 25, 2021

March 25, 2021

A candlelit vigil was held on March 20th for Rayanna Pardo, a trans woman of color who died three days...

Pride Poets’ Corner: Penetrate By Terry Wolverton

March 21, 2021

March 21, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month The Pride Poets’ Corner, curated by West Hollywood Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace, wished to...

Remembering EZTV Founder Kate Johnson Who Saved LGBTQ+ Media Work

March 21, 2021

March 21, 2021

Kate Johnson was an artist and founder of EZTV. Johnson saved and stewarded an important archive of new media work...