Last night, the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards were held in Beverly Hills at the Beverly Hilton hotel with GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) honoring those who have gone above and beyond spreading positive LGBT messages. The next GLAAD Media Awards will be held on May 3rd in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria.
Some of the highlights from last night’s ceremony…
Rita Moreno presented the prestigious Vanguard Award to singer/dancer/actress Jennifer Lopez for her body of work including Executive Producing the ABC Family series “The Fosters,” which won the Best Drama Series. Here is the video of Moreno’s introduction and J-Lo’s speech where she talked about her gay aunt, who taught her much about the LGBT world.
Actress Ellen Page, who came out in February, presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to actress/advocate Laverne Cox, best known for her current on role on the Netflix series, “Orange Is The New Black.” Here is Page’s introduction and Cox’s acceptance speech:
Academy Award-winner Lupita N’yong0 presented the award for Best Documentary to both “Bridegroom” and “Call Me Kuchu,” films that tied in the category. Here is her speech along with winner Shane Bitney Crone and director Linda Bloodworth-Thomason for “Bridegroom” and John “Long Jones” Abdallah Wambere and filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall for “Call Me Kuchu.”
Legendary television producer Norman Lear was awarded the Pioneer Award for his work on LGBT representation on such television classics as “All In The Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Maude.” And the International Advocate for Change award went to Manny de Guerre, who is the founder of the Russian Side By Side LGBT Film Festival.
Other winners during the evening included NBC’s “Days Of Our Lives,” (Best Daily Drama), “Behind The Candelabra” (Best TV Movie or Miniseries), “Big Freeda: Queen Of Bounce” (Best Reality Program), “LGBTQ in the Capital” (series) by Melissa Griffiths, Juneau Empire, Juneau, Alaska (Outstanding Newspaper Article), “We Are Here: LGBTI in Uganda” by Sunnivie Brydum, D. David Robinson, Advocate.com (Outstanding Digital Journalist-Multimedia), Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob, Warner Bros. Records (Outstanding Music Artist), Young Avengers, written by Kieron Gillen, Marvel Comics (Outstanding Comic Book).
Watch for my red carpet video interviews from Saturday night’s event this week on the XFINITY TV LGBT site.
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