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8/29 Dorians TV Toast 2021


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In this hybrid of award and magazine shows, Patricia Arquette, Jennifer Beals, Olivia Newton-John, Tituss Burgess, Fran Drescher, Big Freedia, Nick Kroll, Punkie Johnson of Saturday Night LiveMichael Cimino (Love, Victor), Hannah Einbinder (Hacks), Leyna Bloom (Pose), Jesse James Keitel (Big Sky), Josie TotahJeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.), Gottmik (a.k.a. Kade Gottlieb)sitcom icon Jim J. Bullock and more help the GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics celebrate the past TV season’s best performances and shows, mainstream to queer+. Jean Smart, Bowen Yang, Showtime’s Ziwe and the Marvel hit WandaVision are among those vying for the group’s 12th annual Dorian honors.


Highlights: Pose star Mj Rodriguez discusses her life as a Hollywood trailblazer, actor-comic John Lehr (Hulu’s Quick Draw) impersonates MSNBC personality Steve Kornacki, and The Voice season five contestant Morgan Mallory sings an original pop song about the power of television. Famed LA broadcasting veteran and LGBTQ rights activist Karel is the recorded special’s lively host.

The Dorians TV Toast 2021 is produced by Karel Media and Brandon Riley Miller Productions with GALECA, with Karel and John Griffiths serving as Executive Producers. Karel, a groundbreaking personality in mainstream radio and TV, has hosted programs on ABC, CBS Radio and Free Speech TV across his 25-year career.

The Society’s past film and TV toasts have included appearances by Hugh Jackman, Regina King, Janelle Monáe, Billy Porter, Chloé Zhao, Carey Mulligan, Antonio Banderas, Margaret Cho, Laverne Cox, Dan Levy, Rachel McAdams, John Oliver, George C. Wolfe, Amy Landecker, Bradley Whitford, Leslie Jordan, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Chad Michaels, Fiona Shaw, Alex Newell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Gavin Newsom, Damon Lindelof, Lee Daniels, Cheyenne Jackson and more.

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics sponsors the Dorian Awards, honoring the best in film and TV, mainstream to queer+. We’re here to remind bullies, bigots and our own at-risk youth that the world loves the Q eye on great and unique entertainment. A nonprofit professional organization, GALECA consists of over 300 critics and journalists who write for a variety of influential media outlets in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. Follow us @DorianAwards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Find more information at, and contact us at


Here TV launched in 2004 as the world’s first SVOD LGBTQ+ video service, and is now available on platforms and cable outlets including Xfinity, Spectrum, Cablevision, FiOS, U-Verse, Cox as well as Here.TV, where it can be viewed via all iOS and Android mobile devices. Here TV offers a wide variety of queer+ films, series and other programming, including Emmy®-winning and -nominated originals.

PlanetOut is an ad-supported LGBTQ+ video channel that focuses on lifestyle, entertainment, travel, cooking, and of course, equality and Pride. PlanetOut reaches millions of diverse, cultured, and engaged viewers every month with its GLAAD award-winning library of movies, series, shorts and specials. PlanetOut, launched in 1995 and owned by Here Media, offers audiences high-quality content that tells queer stories authentically.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.