Dan Levy, the vibrant Canadian star and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated “Schitt’s Creek,” will be honoured by GLAAD this September at its annual gala in San Francisco.
Levy, who is from Toronto, will be receiving the Davidson/Valentini Award, which celebrates LGBTQ media professionals who have made significant contributions to the movement of promoting acceptance for the LGBTQ community.
Past recipients of the award include Ross Matthews, Don Lemon, Tyler Oakley and Adam Lambert, among others.
Watch: Dan Levy explains “pansexuality” to Larry King. Story continues below.
“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,” says Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of GLAAD.
On “Schitt’s Creek,” Levy plays the character of David Rose, the spoiled adult son of a wealthy business magnate. Rose is both witty and sarcastic, and — to Levy’s credit — his identity as a pansexual man is never met, throughout the show, with any sensational or shocked reaction. Instead, it’s intentionally treated with a nonchalance that defies the expectations of an explosive “coming out.”
Pansexuality refers to a sexual, romantic or emotional attraction toward people regardless of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. And while Levy identifies as gay in real life, there are plenty of other celebrities (Bella Thorne, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae) who openly identify with pansexuality.
i will never be over this. the love. the tenderness. dan levy really did THAT huh pic.twitter.com/lsqvoGA14h— legends only (@legends_only_) August 12, 2019
And as pansexuality becomes more visible in the world of music and movies, so too is it becoming more visible on screen. Netflix recently offered Nola Darling as the polyamorous pansexual protagonist of Spike Lee’s reprised “She’s Gotta Have It.” “Sense8” was credited with having introduced...