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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Sara Ramirez Has Been up to a Lot Since Stepping Away From Showbiz

No one, not even show creator Shonda Rhimes, expected Sara Ramirez to leave Grey’s Anatomy at the end of Season 12, but the show has thrived even without Dr. Callie Torres, and Sara has thrived without the role, as well. The 42-year-old actress recently resurfaced on Madam Secretary, but before that, she was enjoying a much-needed break from her TV career. In November, she told Entertainment Weekly leaving Grey’s was “absolutely” the right call.

During that time, she got a rockin’ haircut, buzzing the sides of her head and donating the trimmings to Locks of Love. She devoted time and energy advocating for the LGBTQ population, which she herself publicly joined in October 2016 when she labeled herself a “queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American” in a speech at the True Colors 40 to None Summit. And she likely got quality R&R with her husband of five years, Ryan DeBolt.

“It has been a really full year and a half,” Sara told EW. “Taking a step back from the industry has allowed me to take space and get even more clear about things that are important to me.”

Now, however, this Tony winner is getting back into showbiz, but only in roles and contexts that feel right. For example, she’s particularly cognizant of the way bisexual individuals are portrayed. “Stepping back into the entertainment industry is going to be a little different. I think the areas where I don’t feel seen and recognized is in the language used by the media. Especially media that is supposed to be about LGBTQ community, and speaking to LGBTQ community, and for LGBTQ community,” she said at the New York City LGBT Center’s 20th Annual Women’s Event.

“I think that sometimes the areas I don’t feel seen are in the way some characters are written, the way bi plus characters are written about, or the way that bi plus characters are written to be what their behaviors are, what their attitudes are,” she added.

Grey’s Anatomy, however, has always respected and normalized its characters’ various sexual and gender identities, Callie’s included. So would Sara consider a reprise of her most famous role? “When [Grey’s creator] Shonda and I last spoke, we agreed to keep the conversations going,” she revealed to EW. “And she knows I’m open to keeping those conversations going.” (Our hopes have a pulse!)

Sara on Kelly and Ryan

Sara joined Kelly and Ryan this morning, where they talked about her new short haircut and ‘Madam Secretary’ (Note: There’s a commerical break in the middle of the video)

Thanx to The Pompeo Method

Sara Calls For More Inclusive Representation of LGBTQ People

Sara Ramirez invites you to join the campaign #InclusiveScreens and #PantallaInclusiva to make a call for inclusive representation of LGBTQ people on television, especially Spanish Language television.

For more information about GLAAD’s work, please visit:
https://www.glaad.org/stillinvisible
http://facebook.com/glaad
http://twitter.com/glaad

First sneak peek of Sara in Madam Secretary (video)

Source: TV Line

Sara to receive the Trailblazer Award at the Women’s Event 20


Join The Center for a night of cocktails, dinner and dancing to celebrate the women in our community who are making a difference. Women’s Event raises funds that directly benefit The Center’s programs and services for lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people. These include innovative programming that addresses women’s economic empowerment, poverty in the transgender community and substance use among young people through the nation’s first outpatient treatment program specifically designed for LGBTQ youth and young adults. Your ticket includes admission to Women’s Event and the Official After Party. Admission for After Party Only tickets begins at 10 p.m.

The event takes place in New York on November 4, 2017.

Sara Ramirez Joins The Cast Of ‘Madam Secretary’

The Tony Award-winning actress will play political strategist Kat Sandoval beginning Sunday, Nov. 19 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

A new series regular has joined the cast of Madam Secretary: Tony Award-winning actress Sara Ramirez!

Sara, who will play political strategist Kat Sandoval, steps into her new role beginning on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Kat’s story begins when, after abruptly dropping out of politics, she is coaxed back into the State Department by Elizabeth (Téa Leoni).

If you’re wondering where you’ve seen Sara before, here’s some of her past work:

– She appeared for over a decade as Dr. Callie Torres on TV drama Grey’s Anatomy
– She was the voice of Queen Miranda on the animated series Sofia the First
– She was the voice of Mamá Calaca in Vampirina
– She performed on Broadway in Monty Python’s Spamalot as Lady of the Lake, which earned her a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical and an Outer Critics Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
– She co-hosted Ted Talks Live NYC on PBS
– She has executive produced three films: Loserville, Out of Exile: Daniel’s Story, and The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

“We’re very excited that Sara is joining the cast,” says Madam Secretary Executive Producer and Series Creator Barbara Hall. “She brings a fresh perspective and a fun, energetic quality to the State Department staff.”

Executive Producer Lori McCreary adds, “We are thrilled to have Sara join the Madam Secretary State Department team. From the moment she walked on set with her talent, intellect and spirit, she became part of the family!”

Watch all-new episodes of Madam Secretary on Sundays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Source: Sara herself and CBS

A Generous Gift from Sara Ramirez

Dear Friends,

I recently had the honor of visiting The San Diego LGBT Community Center, and I was so inspired by the comprehensive array of services and programs. But there was one story that really got to me. The story of Isaac and his mother, Monica, illustrates the importance of The Center and why it’s incumbent on all of us to support its tremendous work.

As a fierce mom determined to protect her transgender son, Monica found the support and resources she needed through The Center’s Nicole Murray Ramirez Latin@ Services and Project TRANS. Her son, Isaac, found other people who had transitioned and gained the hope that he could become the person he had dreamed of.

The Center was there for this amazing family as they navigated Isaac’s transition. Center staff provided information on medical resources so Isaac’s physical transition could be healthy and safe. They ensured that Monica had the resources to educate his schools, also to keep him safe. The Center was there with this family as they struggled with fears of deportation, and was there as they celebrated becoming American citizens.

A supportive, connected community can make a huge difference to all who are part of it. The San Diego LGBT Community Center provides that support and connection to thousands and thousands of people every year.

As a member of the LGBT community, as an immigrant and as someone with deep roots in San Diego, I believe the work of The Center is essential to creating a safer and more equal society. In that spirit, I am committed to supporting that work with my voice and resources. Today, I’m asking you to join me in that effort.

I will match every dollar — up to $50,000 — that is given during The Center’s end-of-year fundraising campaign.

TO DONATE: PLEASE CLICK HERE

I wholeheartedly hope you will give as generously as you can to The Center today. Together, we can make sure that The Center’s work continues to support and strengthen our precious community.

With pride,
Sara Ramirez
Artist, Actress, Activist

Source: The San Diego LGBT Community Center

Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays

Cyndi Lauper is excited to announce the 6th annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays benefit concert on Saturday, December 3 at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre in support of the True Colors Fund’s work to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. For the past five years, this concert has played to sold out audiences of over 2,800 each year and welcomed performers like P!nk, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Jason Mraz, 50 Cent, Boy George, Natalie Maines, Nelly Furtado, Natasha Bedingfield, Rosie O’Donnell, Adam Lambert, Norah Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Lou Reed, Alan Cumming, Wanda Sykes, and many more. Home for the Holidays has quickly become the signature event for Cyndi’s True Colors Fund and provides a significant source of funding towards fulfilling the organization’s mission.

Co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, the True Colors Fund works nationally to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Through a broad continuum of public engagement, public policy, youth collaboration, research, and community organizing programs, the True Colors Fund is creating a world in which young people can be their true selves. 100 percent of the net proceeds from the concert will support the True Colors Fund’s programs.

Read more here and get tickets here

‘Elena and the Secret of Avalor’ special movie event

Next month the Disney Channel will air “Elena and the Secret of Avalor,” which will be a special television movie event that will premiere as a special simulcast on November 20, 2016. The special will start at 7pm on both Disney Channel and Disney Junior, and a few new voices are joining the cast for the event.

The TV movie tells the backstory of how Elena was imprisoned in her magical amulet by the evil sorceress Shuriki, voiced by legendary actress Jane Fonda, and eventually set free by Princess Sofia of Enchancia. Elena’s anthem “My Time,” performed by Aimee Carrero (voice of Princess Elena), makes its debut in the special TV movie.

For 2016 to date, “Elena of Avalor” and “Sofia the First” have reached 75 million Total Viewers, generated 51 million consumer engagements on the Disney Channel/Disney Junior apps, and rank among the Top 5 animated cable TV series in Kids 2-11 and across kids cable networks in Total Viewers. Furthermore, “Sofia the First” is the No. 1 cable TV series among Girls 2-5.

On October 18, Disney Publishing will release a hardcover picture book titled “Elena of Avalor: Elena and the Secret of Avalor,” which is available for pre-order on sites like Amazon.com.

In addition to Carrero and Fonda, the voice cast includes: Ariel Winter as Sofia; Sara Ramirez as Queen Miranda; Chris Parnell, Yvette Nicole Brown and Carlos Alazraqui as the jaquins Migs, Luna and Skylar, respectively; Jenna Ortega as Princess Isabel; Ana Ortiz as Rafa; Darcy Rose Byrnes as Princess Amber; Tyler Merna as Prince James; Travis Willingham as King Roland; Barbara Dirickson as Flora; Emiliano Díez as Francisco; Julia Vera as Luisa; Christian Lanz as Chancellor Esteban; Jillian Rose Reed as Naomi; Joseph Haro as Mateo; Jorge Diaz as Gabe; Keith Ferguson as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez as Armando.

“Elena and the Secret of Avalor” combines the creative teams from “Sofia the First” and “Elena of Avalor.” The TV movie was written by Craig Gerber and directed by Jamie Mitchell, both of whom serve as executive producers. John Kavanaugh serves as songwriter/music director and Kevin Kliesch is the composer.

Source: The Slanted via Sara Ramirez Daily

True Colors ’40 to None Summit’: Sara comes out as bisexual

Sara held a speech at the True Colors ’40 to None Summit’, a two-day conversation that addresses LGBT youth homelessness across the country, on Saturday morning in Los Angeles, where she came out as bisexual.

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