2010 – According to Glaad.org, JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford will make a “special appearance” at the Los Angeles presentation of the 21st annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards on April 17 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
Hosts for the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards (which will also take place in New York on March 13 and in San Francisco on June 5) are actress Candis Cayne and actor Wilson Cruz (“He’s Just Not That Into You”), with Tom Ford and Benjamin Bratt among the other guests and presenters.
The list of 116 film, television and music nominees in 24 English-language categories and 36 Spanish-language nominees in eight categories can be viewed at glaad.org/mediaawards.
When asked in a December 2009 interview with the Dallas Voice if he has a particularly gay audience, Halford said, “I have my gay metalhead fans all over the world. Sometimes they are so obvious from stage but it’s still a wonderful surprise.”
Regarding how it has been since he came out more than 10 years ago, Halford said, “It gives me a lot of comfort and it was a weight off my shoulders. There is a lot of phobia in metal music, but me coming out chips away at that wall, bit by bit. It just crossed my mind that I had no negative feedback. Fans were cool, and that speaks volumes for the better world we’re in. We have come forward by leaps and bounds.”