GLAAD announced today that it will honor Debra Messing with the Excellence in Media Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people. Previous Excellence in Media Award honorees include Robert De Niro, Russell Simmons, Kelly Ripa, Patti LaBelle, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, and Diane Sawyer.
Debra Messing is an Emmy Award-winning actress and has consistently been an ally to the LGBTQ community. She starred in NBC’s groundbreaking “Will & Grace,” which was instrumental in changing hearts and minds of countless Americans, and earned seven GLAAD Media Awards during its eight seasons on air. The show’s far-reaching impact was notably highlighted by Vice President Biden, who credited “Will & Grace” with moving him to support marriage equality and launched a wave of high-profile support. The series, among the first on prime time network television to feature out gay lead characters, will be returning to NBC during the 2017-18 season.
“Debra Messing is a champion of the LGBTQ community and many marginalized groups today,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “Through laughter, warmth and pure heart both on and off-screen, she accelerates acceptance and inspires everyone to raise their own voices.”
The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be hosted by everyone’s favorite “Drag Race” judge and red carpet mainstay, Ross Mathews. Special guests will include Whoopi Goldberg, Don Lemon, Rami Malek, Janet Mock, Trevor Noah, Christian Slater and “Survivor’s” Zeke Smith.
About GLAAD: GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.
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