GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ inclusion, and our events help turn those words into action! In collaboration with our Leadership Councils and a variety of volunteers, GLAAD events serve to contribute to fundraising efforts that support the organization and its overall mission to accelerate acceptance.
Our signature events include Spirit Day, an annual LGBTQ awareness day centered around empowering youth, and the annual GLAAD Media Awards, which since its inception in 1990, serves as the most visible LGBTQ awards show, sending powerful messages of acceptance all around the world!
Read below to learn more about all our events held throughout the year, and how you can offer your support!
GLAAD Media Awards
Honoring those in the media who have shown exemplary achievements for fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect our lives. This momentous celebration includes a sparkly mix of red carpet arrivals, iconic main stage moments, and an impactful message that demonstrates the value of representation and inclusion of LGBTQ people within all forms of media.
Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show in the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences globally.
Take a trip down memory lane and view past awards seasons.
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Beyond #Spirit Day Concert
Spirit Day is an annual awareness day observed in October. dedicated to empowering LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Initially created in 2010 as response bullying related suicides, this campaign was elevated by GLAAD to ensure this community has a means of visibility and existence that is continuous and impactful, year after year.
The signature color, purple, is observed as a sign of support for these communities on this day, in addition to a pledge against bullying, and a variety of social media campaigns that highlight ways to empower and encourage the next LGBTQ+ generation throughout the month, including the Spirit Day Concert.
GLAAD Tidings is our annual holiday cocktail party that makes space to celebrate and reflect on GLAAD’s many milestones and prepare for the work that still lies ahead.
Accompanied by festive music and cocktails, the evening allows our supporters to mix and mingle with peers, allies and supporters of the community and learn about how GLAAD’s strategies evolve and take shape year to year.
Partner with Us
Put that ally ship in action and become a GLAAD Volunteer. With a variety of events taking place throughout the year, primarily in Los Angeles and New York, our volunteers are essential to helping the show go on…literally!
Join our community of volunteers and receive invitations to volunteer at events in your location. Click here to sign up!