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August 23, 2019

Schitt’s Creek star and co-creator Dan Levy to be honored by GLAAD for moving ‘LGBTQ visibility on television forward’

August 14, 2019

GLAAD announced today that Emmy-nominated showrunner, writer, director, producer and actor Dan Levy will be honored with the Davidson/Valentini Award at the 2019 GLAAD Gala San Francisco on Sept. 28th. (Willy Sanjuan/Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, announced Tuesday that it’ll honor the much-loved actor and producer Dan Levy, for his role in accelerating LGBTQ acceptance.

Levy, the openly gay Emmy-nominated showrunner, will be this year’s recipient of GLAAD’s Davidson/Valentini Award.

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The honor, which is presented to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting acceptance for the LGBTQ community, will be handed out on Sept. 28 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in San Francisco.

Perhaps best known as playing the ultra-chic, post-wealth, red-and-white-wine drinker David Rose in the Emmy-nominated — and queer favorite — series Schitt’s Creek, Levy has a long story of standing up for the LGBTQ community.

“Through his work on-screen and behind the scenes of Schitt’s Creek, Dan Levy moves LGBTQ visibility on television forward in humorous, compelling, and necessary ways,” Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD said about possibly the first openly pansexual men on television.

“By featuring and celebrating a pansexual character, Dan and Schitt’s Creek are expanding representation of the spectrum of idenities within the LGBTQ community in a way that other content creators should model. Dan has been such a powerful advocate throughout his career, and continues to use his platform to uplift and inspire LGBTQ youth.”

The inspiration is contagious, and it’s easily translated into donations.

Last week, fans of the show set up a fund-raiser page in Levy’s name, and collected over $20,000 to donate to the LGBT Youth Line, a “queer, trans, two-spirit youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth” across Ontario.

“[He] opened the door for more genuine television storytelling with queer characters and queer love stories at the forefront where love and acceptance are the norm,” the CanadaHelps.org page read.

The Canadian sitcom, which was created by Levy and his dad Eugene Levy, was the first Canadian comedy series to be nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award.

This year the show was nominated for four primetime Emmy awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

GLAAD’s Davidson/Valentini Award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD’s first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini. Previous award recipients include Ross Mathews, Don Lemon, Lee Daniels, Adam Lambert, and Sandra Bernhard.

This year’s award ceremony will feature “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Broadway star Peppermint as host.

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