Out trans people at the Glaad Media Awards in LA!
This was a big year for GLAAD and trans issues a year after they changed their name and committed to incorporation of bi and trans issues and diversity in allyship. This year came to a close with the GLAAD Media Award in Los Angeles (followed by the remaining Awards in NY)
We are over the moon to see trans people represented in GLAAD and feel like they have done a very good job working against trans defamation last year.
The awards themselves prominently featured the term “transgender’ and Sarah Kate Ellis Presidential address to the audience talked about the fight for trans people, especially trans youth.
Actress Ellen Page presented the Stephen F. Kolzak award to Laverne Cox after a touching video tribute to Laverne.
Naomi Campbell called for trans models in modeling and called to Carmen Carrera.
The Awards themselves featured featured many shows with trans themes including Elementary, Orange is the New Black, Glee, and The Fosters (which was featured prominently as J Lo was present and received the Vanguard Award.)
The beautiful trophy presenter was not a hired model but GLAAD’s own hard-working Media Strategist Dani Heffernan. Dani mentioned she stepped in for a cancellation but we hope to see this trend continue.
Trans Hollywood counted 16 out trans people attending the awards this year (let us know if we missed anyone) and found these joyful photos on their public instagram accounts, Photos (c) authors.
Pictured Top Left to Right:
Jenny Finney Boylan - Author, Professor, GLAAD Co-Chair, Consultant on Amazon’s “Transparent.”
Carmen Carerra - Model, Reality Star,
Our Lady J - Singer, Musician
Our Lady J’s Twitter
Laverne Cox - Actress, Producer
Calpernia Addams - Actress, Musician
Andrea James - Actress, Producer
Ian Harvie - Comedian, Actor
Chaz Bono - Reality Star
Charlize Toratani - Editor, Filmmaker, LA Trans Film Fest lead.
Marci Bowers - Surgeon, GLAAD Board of Directors Member
Shadi Petosky - Writer, Producer
Dani Heffernan - GLAAD Media Strategist
Jen Richards - Writer, Advocate, Co-Founder Trans 100
Tiq Milan (and fiance Kim) - GLAAD Senior Media Strategist
Carmen Carrera (repeat)
B. Scott - TV Host
B. Scott’s Twitter
Nick Adams - GLAAD Associate Director of Communications
Nick at Glaad
New TMNT teaser poster, Raphael.
TMNT Tumblr and teaser posters launched.
hahaha this should’ve been done so long ago.
Btw I’m going to try and do weekly gifs this year so this is the first entry.
I wanted to experiment in style and see if I could do that cool thing with flat colors and shapes that a lot of you people do that I’ve never quite been able to do. I’ve also been watching a lot of Mobile Suit Gundam, so I made this homage to my favorite pink robot: Char Aznable’s Zaku II.
So what do you think? Like? If so, I might make a set of these (with some other mobile suits from the series) and sell them as fancy-dan prints.
Hey Jess! (and others)
All of our Tumblr asks are related to employment so hopefully this one covers them all.
It’s important for people to understand that a boutique studio like PUNY isn’t institutional. There are no rules or forms or hoops or anything. We don’t have specific times that we are looking or processes regarding internships or hiring or showering.
We just live in the world like anyone. Maybe slightly more bohemian than many. We engage with people when we see someone with talent and we happen to have an opening or they’re so talented we have to make an opening. Having a trans person as an owner we are very aware of systemic oppression and institutional discrimination so we don’t have a particular alma matter or systematic approach in hiring. From a legal perspective there are rules around internships regarding payment vs. college credit but we tend to pay our interns so it’s not that big of a deal breaker if you aren’t in school. In fact, if you are shaking from the anxiety of 120k in art school debt you’re probably not in an emotional stable place for entry level creative employment. That’s a tragic irony of the contemporary private art school movement.
It really comes down to place and time. We usually post when we have an opening on Twitter, but we are always looking. We love art, we love design, we love interesting things being done with code, and when we are looking we’ll reach out to the people we’ve liked on Tumblr or someone who has gotten our attention.
So think about classy attention. We work in entertainment. We work in marketing. A lot of our work is in proposals and pitching, so examine that. How are you pitching and proposing yourself? Are you making an offer we can’t refuse? If people sent us proposals of how they could work with PUNY and PUNY can’t lose we’d probably hire far more often.
Instead people tend to say “are you hiring.” It’s a wasted opportunity. Try instead “I love your work, I think we are kindred spirits” and link to your stuff. Imagine if Pizza Hut ad were a blank white screen with black text that said “are you hungry?” Then if I am, you show me hedonic images of melty cheese and delicious carbs. If I’m not they say “cool” let me know.
No. They push the images right in front of your face and then you want pizza whether you are hungry or not or as soon as you get hungry you want pizza for the rest of your life and you squirm in your seat wanting Pizza so badly. (I have food issues)
Make an employer feel like that. Show them what is exciting about you and your art.
YOU and the art. So much about hiring isn’t just about the art. Do we feel like we’d like to have you in our studio day in and out? Do you bring joy? Are you a person other artists like to be around? As you can see by our blog, culture is just as important as the work. (We tragically forget to talk about the work quite often…..but we’re doing a TON of it)
Instead we mostly get form letters, “dear sirs or madam” (how binary), or people asking if we are hiring with no link to their work. Asking for engagement without doing anything engaging.
We can’t get clients that way and people can’t get jobs that way. Not anymore.
Someone once wrote Dear Shadi, Vincent, Tim etc. on the email, listing every person in the company. They did their homework, and we HAD to look at their stuff. They started with an interaction that felt human. It felt modern, it felt silly.
And that is ultimately what we ask when interviewing. “Are they a bad machine?” We look for the people with a dedication to craft but don’t feel institutionalized. They will fit into our culture and our work, which is dedicated to it’s craft but not institutionalized.
I (Shadi) has met 100s of small studio owners and they are not institutionalized either, I know this advice doesn’t just work for me.
Be interesting and make us believe that you can create interesting stuff. Have a TUMBLR showing you are putting in your 10,000 hours (everyone should read Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers”) and will be making things whether you have a job doing it or not. Those are the people who succeed anywhere, and who we want at PUNY.
This may feel frustrating to read because it doesn’t contain a magic bullet or special key to employment with us or anyone. The trick is to do work all the time so you get good and show that work all of the time so you get confident.
Shadi will be joining her friend Davey Johnson, Katie Crown, and Ron Lynch on Ron’s Tomorrow! The Talk Show this Saturday night at Midnight. Come!
We’ll be debuting a new animation clip that will only be shown at this show.
Super Not So Secret Project in progress still
PUPPIES and FISH
Visual development for two unrelated stories
At the Paramount lot today, nature ‘s backdrop wins