LGBT & Business Recap 5 – OUT100

LGBT & Business Recap 5 – OUT100

Covering topics focused on the latest OUT100 event which took place at Stage 48 in NYC on November 20, 2014. Notable stars and honorees, who have attended the event, inspire people to understand the importance of being a media personality and how they can use this as a channel to get people to participate in the movement.

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Artist of the Year Zachary Quinto

By Mike Berlin

Many have come to know Mr. Quinto as Spock in the new Star Trek movie franchise, only few remember him as the supervillain Sylar in the TV series “Heroes”. As he catapulted to the big screens and seeing himself part of the A-listers, he grabbed the opportunity to come out publicly 2 years ago. He cites Oscar Wilde, filled with uncompromising intelligence and wit to which he had used to his advantage both as a defense and weapon, as his inspiration in venturing into the film industry. This allowed Wilde to integrate himself with mainstream media and society. Quinton is an active support of gay rights and organizations like “The Trevor Project”. He also raises an important point regarding HIV awareness and the complacency of society.

 

Breakout of the Year Sam Smith

By Jason Lamphier

The blue-eyed soul singer that captured our attention amidst a music industry filled with EDM, hip-hop and Justin Bieber. Sam Smith lives up to no one’s expectation which makes him successful in mainstream media. Whether accompanied by instruments, backup vocals or plain acoustic, his magical voice proves to be overwhelmingly amazing. Using his personal experiences and being honest about it through his songs holds true to how his powerful vocals overshadows the typical rise-to-stardom reason for most artists, sexuality.

 

Ingénue of the Year Samira Wiley

By Mike Berlin

Best known for her character, Poussey Washington, Samira Wiley caught everyone’s attention with her in-depth characterization of Poussey.  Samira recalls a fond memory which pushed her to pursue acting along with her times spent at Juilliard and being in a relationship with girlfriend Lauren Morelli. As she adjusts to her celeb status, she keeps herself grounded and surrounded by her family. Remembering the values her pastor parents instilled in her and how love is the most powerful thing in the world.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch as Broadway Show of The Year

By Out.com Editors

It just doesn’t take a notable star to make musical a hit, but a talented cast as well. Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells of “Hedwig’s journey uptown to Broadway, where she’s playing to thousands of fathers, grandmothers, kids, trans people, gay people, and straight people, says a lot about how America has changed, in the most remarkable way,” says producer David Binder (far right). “We have all loved and lost like Hedwig has, and that’s what audiences are connecting to.”

 

Entertainer of the Year Ellen Page

By R. Kurt Osenlund

February 14 will mark one of the many firsts for artists like Ellen Page to make history. Ellen, best known for her movies Juno and X-Men franchise, publicly came out the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference.  She relates how the movie industry has groomed her for stardom and the attempt to downplay or even hide her sexuality.  Since coming out, she has focused herself to presenting herself in a manner she feels strongly in line with. She’s currently starring in a film, Freeheld with Julianne Moore, a film based on a feature-length adaptation of the acclaimed 2007 short which chronicles the struggles of real-life lesbian couple Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree.