Actor and LGBT activist Wilson Cruz will join GLAAD's staff as the Strategic Giving Officer, announced the organization.
Cruz exploded on the pop culture radar as the openly gay teen Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life. At that time in the early 1990s, the teen actor was among the earliest openly gay faces on television.Cruz was seen more recently in the groundbreaking Noah's Arc and Party of Five. Cruz has a long history in LGBT activism—from delivering the keynote speech at this year's Creating Change to raising awareness around HIV/AIDS.
Cruz notes that GLAAD has used its platform to change the national narrative on LGBT issues and perceptions of the community. "GLAAD is also using its media expertise to create a culture that is accepting and safe for all young people," said the actor. "GLAAD shares the stories and sparks the discussions that make the world a better place for LGBT people everywhere. I am proud and excited to grow this culture-changing work."
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick added that Cruz's "commitment to supporting local and national LGBT organizations exemplifies GLAAD's mission to move LGBT equality forward."
Good decision by Graddick and GLAAD. Cruz injects some star wattage in GLAAD's development team. And he's a great guy and very committed to activism. Bravo.
Watch Wilson Cruz discuss his activism AFTER THE JUMP ...