Brian Michael Smith Participating In GLAAD Fireside Chat for ATX TV Festival


The annual ATX TV Festival is currently going on in Austin, which celebrates TV’s past, present, and future through screenings, conversations, and events. While the festival has started, panels are still being added! 9-1-1: Lone Star‘s own Brian Michael Smith will be heading to the Lone Star State (for real, this time) and will take part in a Fireside Chat with GLAAD on Sunday, June 5, the last day of the festival.

This intimate conversation with Brian Michael Smith, the trailblazing actor and advocate who portrays firefighter Paul Strickland on FOX’s hit series “9-1-1: Lone Star,” will cover his groundbreaking lead role, his fight for transgender equality on screen and off, and Texas as an important state for the show and inclusion at large.

The chat will take place at Driskill – Citadel Club at 12:30 p.m. CDT and moderated by Alex Schmider, Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD. Coincidentally, this chat is the second one that Smith will be partaking in this weekend for Pride Month, as he will also be joining fellow Lone Star co-stars Ronen Rubinstein and Rafael Silva, as well as 9-1-1‘s Tracie Thoms for Outfest’s The Outfronts on Saturday, June 4 in LA for a Queer Firefighters panel.

For more information on the GLAAD Fireside Chat with Smith at ATX Festival, check out the program details here. Visit the ATX Festival website for all information on the event and stay tuned to Nerds and Beyond for more news!

Check out our 2020 Pride Month Spotlight on Brian Michael Smith here. All three seasons of 9-1-1: Lone Star are streaming on Hulu.

Megan has been passionate about writing since she was little and has been passionate about all things pop culture and nerdy since almost as long. Joining Nerds and Beyond in 2019, she also graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism. Megan is constantly binge-watching shows and finding new things to obsess over. 9-1-1 and Marvel currently reign as the top obsessions. You can find her on Twitter @marvels911s if you ever want to discuss some certain firefighters.

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