|Shay Mitchell of "Pretty Little Liars"|
Mitchell explained that her portrayal of a gay teen has allowed her connect with LGBT youth on a wide scale, while Criss’ performance as Kurt’s love interest has been praised for its realism.
Alexis Monsanto, a Filipino-American fashion designer and gay rights advocate, praised GLAAD’s mission to recognize and also encourage support for LGBT equality in the media and expressed a desire to see similar activism on behalf of LGBT communities in the Philippines.
Monsanto grew up in the Philippines and recalls media portrayals of gays being “heartbreaking” in their demeaning and stereotype-driven attitudes.
In the wake of the GLAAD Media Awards, Monsanto and other Filipino LGBT members of GLAAD voiced their desire to help create an organization as powerful as GLAAD to support LGBT individuals in the Philippines and change media portrayal of Filipino gays and lesbians for the better.