We’re very excited to present actors Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz with 2019 National Leadership Awards! Anthony and Wilson currently co-star on the award-winning CBS series Star Trek: Discovery, where they play the first openly gay couple in the Star Trek universe. The Task Force applauds Anthony and Wilson for fiercely increasing LGBTQ visibility.
Anthony Rapp has been acting and singing professionally since he was nine years old. With an extensive list of achievements, Rapp is best known for originating the role of ‘Mark Cohen’ in the Tony award-winning musical, Rent. Rapp was also recently seen on CBS’s The Good Fight, and Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and three independent features: Do You Take This Man, Opening Night, and the LGBTQ thriller BWOY, which he also produced. A writer as well, Rapp penned Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent detailing his struggle to balance the demands of life in the theater with his responsibility to his family during his mother’s battle with cancer. He adapted the book into a one-man show which he has performed on numerous stages.
Wilson Cruz first won the hearts of audiences across the world in 1994 by playing the first openly gay teenager on network television in his award-winning performance on ABC’s My So Called Life. Cruz is also known for starring as Angel in the Tony award winning musical Rent. Other acting credits include Ally Mcbeal, Grey’s Anatomy, Party of Five, The West Wing, Noah’s Arc, He’s Just Not That Into You, and Nixon, among many others. Cruz refers to himself as an ‘actorvist’ and he’s a passionate advocate for LGBTQ youth, especially youth of color. He currently serves on the board of GLSEN and devotes considerable time supporting other LGBTQ causes as well.