“Pose,” Justin Simien, and Sony Pictures Classics to Receive Outfest Legacy Awards

The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project celebrates its 13th anniversary this year.

Sony Pictures Classics, Dear White People creator Justin Simien, and the groundbreaking FX series Pose will be recognized for bringing LGBTQ stories to the screen at this year’s Outfest 2018 Legacy Awards.


Pose is set to receive the Trailblazer Award for its “intelligent and empathetic exploration of trans people of color, brought to the screen by a deep bench of talented trans actors, writers, directors.”

Simien will receive the Rising Star Award in recognition of his talent and support of LGBTQ stories through the characters he’s created in the Netflix comedy-drama Dear White People.

Dear White People/Netflix

“Even today, it is often a battle for members of the LGBTQ community to be seen, heard and acknowledged,” stated Outfest’s Executive Director Christopher Racster in a press statement. “That’s why our honorees are so incredibly important. They demand attention and respect for LGBTQ communities of color—our trans, black and brown family members who are most often the focus of the intolerance and violence that our community faces. We honor them to show that we stand with them and that we are grateful for their work.”

Sony Pictures Classics will be honored with the Corporate Trailblazer Award for its role as a distributor in bringing queer stories, such as Call Me By Your Name and A Fantastic Woman, to a wide audience.

Racster praised the company for supporting LGBTQ storytelling for decades.

“Sony Pictures Classics continues to ensure that audiences around the world see our struggles, our victories, and our everyday lives on an equal footing with any other human story.”

The Legacy Awards serves as a fundraiser to support the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, which celebrates its 13th anniversary this year. Tickets are on sale now at www.outfest.org.

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