“My queerness is my superpower”

Justin D. Joseph, from the Recording Academy with artists Carlie Hanson, Carlos Vara, Lauren Jauregui, CHIKA and Justin Tranter

Thank you to the Recording Academy / GRAMMYsGRAMMY Museum and GLAAD for letting us be a part of their Music in Action: LGBTQIA+ Voices in Music panel, part of the Museum’s GRAMMY Week Community Paneling series, on Tuesday, Jan 21st.

The panel featured LGBTQ+ artists Carlie Hanson, Carlos VaraLauren JaureguiCHIKA and Justin Tranter, who came together to discuss how their queer identities shaped their creative work and how they use their social platforms to foster LGBTQ+ community, activism, and allyship. Thank you to all of the artists for coming out and sharing their illuminating words about the relationship between artists and LGBTQ activism in our current climate.

The day began with a media training session at Blair High School in Pasadena, where Monica Trasandes, GLAAD’s Director of Spanish Language and Latinx Media, spoke to the school’s GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) about utilizing social media and building the students’ brand power as a way to raise awareness for LGBTQ acceptance. 

Thank you to the bright students at Blair Highschool who came to learn from our experienced artists. Together with Glaad, they discussed LGBTQ+ media training and their individual power to advocate for LGBTQ+ issues online.

Artists Carlie Hanson, Carlos Vara, Anthony Ramos from Glaad, Artists Lauren Jauregui, CHIKA and Justin Tranter

A special thanks to Justin D. Joseph, from the Recording Academy, and Anthony Ramos, from Glaad for helping us host and curate the panel.

📸 Courtesy of the Recording Academy™/photo by Araya Doheny, Getty Images © 2020.