As the 2017 Video Music Awards were approaching, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was out in full force at the Forum. Its president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, walked the red carpet along with her invited guests: six transgender members of the military.
The action came in the wake of President Donald Trump's direction to the Pentagon on Friday, as reported in The Times, "to 'return to the long-standing policy and practice' barring military service by transgender individuals."
Praising MTV as a pioneering advocate for the LGBTQ community, Ellis said in a statement, "Throughout all the tweets, memos, and speculation, brave transgender Americans are still serving their country and defending the freedoms of this nation while meeting the same rigorous standards of their peers. We are proud to stand with them."