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GLAAD PRESIDENT & CEO SARAH KATE ELLIS SHOWS ALLYSHIP FOR TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY IN CUSTOM CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FEATURING COLORS OF THE TRANSGENDER FLAG AT TIME100 GALA
- Last updated: May 24, 2023
Ellis is featured on the TIME100 list of the most influential people of 2023
New York, NY (April 26, 2023) — LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD is excited to share fashion credits for Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD’s President & CEO, during her appearance at the TIME100 Gala tonight. Ellis was named to the 2023 TIME100, TIME’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She attended the Gala with her wife, musician Kristen Ellis-Henderson.
Ellis showed her allyship for transgender people in a custom suit and pant ensemble by Christian Siriano which incorporates the colors of the transgender flag, light blue, light pink and white.
Photo of Sarah Kate Ellis on the red carpet available HERE.
(Photo courtesy of Getty)
Ellis also wore a special edition diamond-encrusted amplifier pin created by celebrity jeweler Zameer Kassam. The pin, in the shape of GLAAD’s logo, symbolizes the urgent need for allies and LGBTQ people to amplify their voices. Previous wearers of the special edition pin include Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Coolidge and Margaret Cho among others.
“Allies to transgender people need to be vocal, visible, and to call out extremists and media figures who are working overtime to harm transgender people and spread lies about who they are,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “As a woman and a mom, I believe every young person, including transgender youth, should be able to grow up knowing that they’ll be treated fairly and equally.”
“Working with Sarah Kate for this event was an honor. We wanted a look that was powerful and strong, but still elegant, so we created a gorgeous custom suit honoring the trans flag which features white, pink and blue. It’s a power suit with meaning,” said designer Christian Siriano.
Yesterday, Ellis spoke at the TIME100 Summit alongside iconic labor leader and civil rights advocate Dolores Huerta during a panel entitled ‘How to Build a Movement’ moderated by CNN”s Abby Phillip. Other LGBTQ leaders who appear on the TIME100 list this year include: Brittney Griner, Imara Jones, Sam Altman, Thom Browne, Jerrod Carmichael, Steve Lacy, Aubrey Plaza and Wolfgang Tillmans.
About Sarah Kate Ellis: Sarah Kate Ellis is the President & CEO of GLAAD, the world’s most visible LGBTQ organization and the largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization. She has run GLAAD since 2014 and expanded the organization’s mission by growing advocacy work in news and entertainment media and launching advocacy efforts across global business, social media, video games, sports, and other drivers of culture. GLAAD’s model of social change is to work through these creators of culture to tell LGBTQ stories and distribute LGBTQ messages which accelerate LGBTQ acceptance – knowing that acceptance grows when people get to know LGBTQ people and our stories.
In 2018, she launched the GLAAD Media Institute, which has taught tens of thousands of LGBTQ advocates around the world how to best lead LGBTQ advocacy campaigns in their own communities. The Institute has also trained employees of multinational and local businesses on LGBTQ terminology and issues. Sarah Kate leads GLAAD’s work with global businesses and CEOs to take public and private actions around LGBTQ legislation.
Throughout her nine years of leading GLAAD, Sarah Kate has run winning advocacy campaigns to advance marriage equality nationwide, end bans on LGBTQ people in the Boy Scouts of America and the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, increase transgender visibility across entertainment media, and mobilize LGBTQ voters to the polls. She also serves as an Executive Producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, which is streaming now on Hulu.
Sarah Kate is a frequent commentator on LGBTQ issues in the media. She regularly appears on CNN, MSNBC, and across online and print outlets including the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, and the Associated Press. In 2019, Oprah Magazine profiled her in the article “Sarah Kate Ellis Helps LGBTQ People Feel Seen” and said she is “changing the hearts and minds of Americans.” Sarah Kate has presented on LGBTQ issues to the U.S. Congressional Equality Caucus, as well as at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, MAKERS, Sundance Film Festival, Advertising Week, South by Southwest, the Internet & TV Association annual meeting, and the Cannes-Lions International Festival of Creativity. Ellis was included on Variety’s New Power of New York List, a collection of 50 movers and shakers who are upending the entertainment business. She was also named one of OUT Magazine’s OUT100, one of Family Circles’ 20 most influential moms, ranked 20th on the Guardian’s World Power Pride list, and recently won a Silver Stevie Award for Women in Business.
She recently authored the children’s book ‘All Moms’ with her wife Kristen. They reside in New York and are raising two children.
About Christian SIriano: Award winning CFDA designer Christian Siriano launched his eponymous collection in 2008 following his studies in London under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. Known for whimsical and show-stopping design, the collection is shown each season at New York Fashion Week and sold in retailers across the globe. In 2012, the first flagship Christian Siriano store opened in NYC, then in 2018, “The Curated NYC” opened in Midtown Manhattan, and now his most recent retail venture, “The Collective West” has opened in Westport, CT. Siriano’s designs have been worn by current FLOTUS Dr. Jill Biden, former FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, Oprah, Zendaya, Ariana Grande, Julianne Moore, Lady Gaga, Tiffany Haddish, Billy Porter, Cardi B, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Whoopi Goldberg and Julia Roberts to name but a few. Siriano was named among Time’s 100 Most Influential People for his leading contributions on body diversity on the runway and red carpet. Christian is the youngest person to ever appear on Crain’s “40 Under 40” list and a member of “Forbes 30 Under 30”.
Christian has been heralded for leading the PPE charge during the COVID-19 pandemic. His atelier shifted entirely from clothes to masks and to date he and his team have shipped over one million masks to frontline workers in the New York area. 2020 also saw Siriano launch his own digital BRAVO talk show called “SO SIRIANO” which saw him break down all things fashion and pop culture with guests ranging from Drew Barrymore, Leslie Jones, Billy Porter, Ashley Graham, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Sia. And Christian fulfilled a longtime passion when he added interior designer to his impressive list of credits with the debut of his newest venture, Siriano Interiors and a full custom furniture collection. With over a decade of fashion experience, the Siriano design studio continues to celebrate beauty and diversity in this ever changing Fashion industry. Most recently, the prestigious SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) MUSEUM OF ART presents Christian’s first ever solo work retrospective with the CHRISTIAN SIRIANO: PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE EXHIBITION, which ran in Savannah from October 2021-January 2022 and recently moved to the Atlanta location and remains on view through October 9th, 2022. In 2017, he added the title of Author to his credits when he released a photographic retrospective book with Rizzoli Books called Dresses to Dream About, now in its third printing. Due to that high demand, he released a new version in Fall 2021 titled Christian Siriano: Dresses to Dream About Deluxe Edition, it features brand new images from his ever growing/impressive body of work.
About GLAAD: GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.
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