Music and entertainment mogul Russell Simmons has been a longtime supporter of gay rights and marriage equality. This week that support is becoming even more visible: The hip-hop pioneer will be honored by GLAAD and is speaking out in a new video for marriage equality in New York state.
Simmons will receive GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award at the New York award ceremony on Saturday, March, 19, 2011. The award is "presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community."
In 2009, Simmons wrote an open letter to then-Governor David Paterson of New York urging him to push forward with a marriage equality bill. And you may recall that in 2010, Simmons urged Congress to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and tweeted his "proud support" of Lt. Dan Choi to his 340,000+ followers.
Simmons has done some excellent work on raising awareness on equality among hip-hop audiences. Bravo.
Rod 2.0 is also nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.
Simmons also becomes one of the latest celebrity New Yorkers to speak out for marriage equality. Watch the video from the Human Rights Campaign AFTER THE JUMP ...
More videos can be seen at New Yorkers for Marriage Equality