This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the 21st Annual GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) awards. I was there with some of my cast mates from “The Real World: Brooklyn” because we were nominated to win an award for an “Outstanding Reality Program”. One of our roommates was the first transgender to appear on the Real World and she helped to bring awareness about what it is like to be transgendered and provided a place by developing a website with The LGBT Center in NYC for others to go to who have nowhere to turn for information.
I didn’t know what to expect as this was my first time attending GLAAD, but it felt right being there. Since the show I have become an active member in the LGBT community as a straight ally fighting for the rights of my friends. I met a lot of great people and heard some stories that really put me beside myself.
The most inspiring/emotionally upsetting was the story of Elke Kennedy and her son Sean. Her son was murdered a few years back simply because he was gay. A man punched him so hard in the face that his brain disconnected from its stem in his skull killing him 17 hours later. I applaud Mrs. Kennedy because it is through strong people such as her being able to tell their heart breaking stories over and over again that people are going to finally wake up. You could feel the tension in the room as she spoke. I know every single person wishes they could have been there to stop it because that is how I felt. I don’t have any kids so I don’t know what it is like to bury a son; but if you read this Mrs. Kennedy, I commend you for your bravery.
At first it was my hope to leave with an award. We didn’t win, but what I left with was so much more. I am very thankful for this opportunity and I will continue to do what I can do raise awareness about equality and support my friends.
Scott Herman (pictured in RED) is a contributor to Guidetogay.com and is the face and CEO of Scott Herman Fitness, he is also our spunky USA Celebrity - being on the recent "MTV's Real World" tv show. You can see Scott on his Youtube videos in our Video Section on Gudietogay.com and on his Youtube Channel.