Last night in New York City, the GLAAD Media Awards were presented at the legendary Waldorf Astoria. The Ceremony honored figures in all areas of media in their representation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and issues. With many out pro athletes in attendance along with celebs like the cast of “Orange Is The New Black,” Boy George, Swoosie Kurtz (“Mike and Molly“), Emmy Rossum (“Shameless“) and hosted by comedienne Fortune Feimster, the night was a mix of powerful messages, laughter and performances.
The awards presented last night were:
- Vito Russo Award: George Takei (presented by Stafford Arima, director of the upcoming Broadway musical “Allegiance”starring Takei and based on his life). Here is the video of Takei receiving his award.
- Outstanding Film – Limited Release: “Concussion” (RADiUS-The Weinstein Company) [accepted by: Robin Weigert and director Stacie Passon]
- Outstanding Comedy Series: “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix) [accepted by: Laverne Cox, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Samira Wiley, Dascha Polanco, Selenis Leyva, and Yael Stone, Taryn Manning, Alysia Reiner]
- Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character): “Snow Angels” “Elementary” (CBS) [accepted by: guest star Candis Cayne, a transgender actress who portrayed Ms. Hudson in the episode]
- Outstanding Film – Wide Release: “Philomena” (The Weinstein Company)
- Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “First Openly Gay NBA Player Jason Collins and his Family” on “Oprah’s Next Chapter”(OWN)
- Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “Transgender at 11: Listening to Jazz” on “20/20” (ABC)
- Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Gay Rights at Work” on “MSNBC Live” (MSNBC)
- Outstanding Magazine Article: “The Hidden War Against Gay Teens” by Alex Morris (Rolling Stone)
- Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The New Yorker
- Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Sex, Lies and HIV: When What You Don’t Tell Your Partner is a Crime” by Sergio Hernandez (Buzzfeed.com / ProPublica.org)
- Outstanding Blog: The New Civil Rights Movement
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