Ampersand Pins Pop Up at the Oscars for GLAAD
The pin was worn by E!'s Brad Goreski.
The Oscars red carpet, Hollywood's most visible fashion stage, is the perfect opportunity not just to make a memorable fashion statement, but to make a political statement as well.
This Sunday, celebrities including E!'s red-carpet host Brad Goreski are wearing ampersand pins in solidarity with GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). The pin represents the wearers' standing together with marginalized groups.
"Together, we resist the powers that seek to divide us," reads a statement on GLAAD's website. "We must stand in solidarity. All of us. Because no one is just one identity, and many of us are under attack. All marginalized communities are under attack. The ampersand is the symbol that unites us." Recently, the organization has been using its platforms to speak out against bills that restrict trans students from using the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
Just yesterday, the cast of Moonlight all wore the symbol at the Independent Spirit Awards, where the film — a coming-of-age tale about a homosexual African-American man — picked up the award for best feature. The pin can be purchase for $8 on the GLAAD website.
Also spotted on the red carpet were blue ribbons in support of the ACLU, which Ruth Negga wore with her custom, bright red Valentino gown. Stylists Kate Young and Karla Welch also posted about the pin on social media.