Dan Levy Gets a GLAAD Award for Promoting LGBTQ Acceptance through Schitt’s Creek

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“Support, encouragement and love: Three relatively simple acts of kindness that can change the course of a person’s life.”

There’s a lot we understand about Alexis Rose’s pre-Schitt’s Creek life: she’s dated all 3 Hanson siblings, been on an arranged date with Leo, and had a tryst with PrinceHarry While bits of her vibrant love life are sprayed throughout the series, there’s no lack of ideas to David Rose’s romantic past either. Openly pansexual, we understand he had a crush on Jared Leto, suffered through a difficult break up with Anderson Cooper, and “burned a bridge” with Nate Berkus inIbiza (And naturally there was that inexpedient almost-throuple with Stevie and Jake.) All this to state, it’s rarely we see a queer character in pop culture provided the exact same flexibility and nonchalance when it concerns talking about romantic or sexual concubines as straight characters are.

But that was Dan Levy’s intent from the start: to develop a location where everybody might like aloud.

“When I found myself in a position to tell stories on a global scale, I seized the opportunity to make a television show that might, in its own way, offer some support, encouragement and love to those who might not have it in their homes or in their schools or in their day to day lives,”Dan Levy stated at the GLAAD Gala over the weekend, where he accepted the Davidson/ValentiniAward commemorating LGBTQ media specialists who have actually made considerable contributions towards promoting approval for the LGBTQ neighborhood.

In a current interview with Out publication, Levy stated that, similar to Oprah, he wishes to concentrate on informing “good, inspirational stories.”

His very first fracture at storytelling has actually provided us a few of the most precious minutes on tv– a sweet serenade, a touching coming-out minute, and a deft white wine metaphor about sexuality– and made him an international neighborhood of fans who saw themselves represented onscreen without the shadow of bigotry or intolerance, making him the perfect recipient for this year’s Davidson/ValentiniAward.

Levy accepted the award– which existed by his Schitt’s Creek castmates AnnieMurphy, Noah Reid and Emily Hampshire– with an effective speech discussing his own coming-out story.

“I think back to that time where I legitimately thought that I’d have to live with this secret — my being gay — for the rest of my life,”Levy informed the audience at the GLAAD Gala in SanFrancisco “I didn’t have the security of seeing a lot of people like myself being celebrated in popular culture.”

But, he included, he was liked. “I was lucky enough to have a family that supported me fiercely and unconditionally when I needed it the most… Had I not had the love to give me a sense of security, I don’t know if I would have found my way out of the closet, let alone create the opportunity for myself to tell stories on television that have effected some kind of positive change in the world.”

You can enjoy the whole of Dan’s moving speech from the Gala here: