‘Survivor’s’ Zeke Smith Proposes to Partner at Award Ceremony

On Saturday, the thirty third annual GLAAD Media Awards have been held in Los Angeles. There, a sure well-known two-time “Survivor” participant and famous LGBT activist turned engaged to his boyfriend, actor Nico Santos, in a really public proposal.

Here’s what you must know:

Zeke Smith Proposes to Nico Santos Live on Stage at GLAAD Awards

GLAAD – previously referred to as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – is a non-governmental media monitoring group based in 1985 which goals to battle discrimination in opposition to the LGBT neighborhood within the leisure business. Since 1990, they’ve hosted the annual GLAAD Media Awards to acknowledge and honor excellent representations of the LGBT neighborhood in movie and tv.

On Saturday, April 2, the thirty third annual Los Angeles presentation of the award ceremony was held, and there, “Survivor” alumnus Zeke Smith, who has since develop into a fierce advocate for the LGBT neighborhood, proposed to his longtime boyfriend, actor Nico Santos. Santos accepted, and the 2 at the moment are engaged.

In an Instagram submit shortly after the ceremony, Smith wrote: “He mentioned sure. I’m the luckiest man on the planet.” He additionally thanked GLAAD for “making it magical.” In his personal submit, Santos wrote to Smith: “I mentioned sure. You have my coronary heart perpetually.”

Santos additionally posted a photograph of the 2 of them on Instagram shortly earlier than the ceremony started, during which he wrote, “At the [GLAAD Awards] with my man [Zeke]on one hand and my social nervousness on the opposite 😂🥴.”

The two have been courting since at the very least 2020, when Santos advised Varietythat the 2 have been quarantining collectively in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. “I’m quarantining right here at residence with my boyfriend, which is nice,” Santos mentioned. “I’m so grateful and grateful that he is right here with me. I truthfully in all probability would not have survived these previous few weeks with out him.”

Smith & Santos Are Both Well-Known LGBT Activists

Smith, 34, first appeared on “Survivor” in its thirty third season, “Millennials vs. Gen X,” in 2016, the place he positioned ninth. There, he was positioned on the “Millennials” tribe, and was open about being a homosexual man. It wasn’t till the next 12 months (although only some months later in filming phrases), in season 34, “Game Changers,” when he was notoriously outed by contestant Jeff Varner as being transgender. Varner’s actions have been closely castigated by host Jeff Probst, fellow contestants, and the viewers alike, as soon as it aired a number of months later. Since then, Smith has been open about each his homosexual and transgender identification, and has develop into a powerful advocate for LGBT rights and illustration.

In truth, on the season’s reunion show in 2017, Smith spoke about how he had begun work with GLAAD, partnering with Nick Adams, then the director of the Transgender Media & Representation. Smith mentioned of his time on the show and the way it has affected his life shifting ahead on the reunion:

At the core of GLAAD’s philosophy is that genuine LGBTQ illustration accelerates acceptance and it saves lives. And that is why I’m so proud to be a part of ‘Survivor’ and CBS, as a result of you have got at all times empowered me to talk authentically and to inform my story by myself phrases, and I really feel like our partnership is the model for a way trans tales ought to be approached within the media going ahead.

Santos, 42, is an actor who was born within the Philippines and immigrated to the United States when he was 16. He is brazenly homosexual, and achieved worldwide recognition after taking part in Oliver T’sien within the 2018 romantic comedy-drama, “Crazy Rich Asians.” Oliver, like Santos, can also be homosexual.

In June 2019, Santos was named one of many “Pride50” “trailblaizing people who actively guarantee society stays shifting towards equality, acceptance and dignity for all queer folks” by Queerty journal. Queerty known as Santos’ “uncompromising contribution to visibility” a “main breakthrough” within the leisure business, and added that he has used his platform to name for “larger acceptance [of] gender non-conforming males.”

The New York ceremony of the thirty third annual GLAAD Media Awards shall be held on May 6, 2022.”Survivor 42″ airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on CBS. The finale will air Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

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