Last night the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles hosted the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, honouring 12 of their 29 media categories.
The GLAAD Media Awards are given out by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and recognises various branches of the media for their outstanding representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Their recognition spans, film, television, the arts, theatre, music, journalism and advertising.
The event was hosted by Ross Matthews and saw GLAAD national spokesman Wilson Cruz (My So Called Life) present television writer and producer Norman Lear with the Pioneer Award. Lear was the producer behind the classic sitcoms All in the Family, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Time and One Day at a Time.
Other winners on the night were Jennifer Lopez, who was awarded the coveted Vanguard Award, an award that honours artists and media professionals whose work has increased the profile and understanding of the LGBT community, in part, for her work as executive producer on the ABC Family drama The Fosters, which portrays a blended family with lesbian parents.
Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which celebrates openly LGBT media professionals who have made significant difference in promoting equality.
The second round of awards will be presented in New York on May 3 from the Waldorf Astoria.
For the complete list of winners, see below.
Stephen F. Kolzak Award
International Advocacy for Change Award
Manny de Guerre: Founder of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia
There was a tie:
Bridegroom: Shane Bitney Crone and Lucinda Bloodworth-Thomason
Call Me Kuchu: Katherline Fairfaz Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worral and Ugandan activist John Abdallah Wambere.
Outstanding Drama Series
The Fosters (ABC Family)
Outstanding TV Movie or Mini Series
Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
Outstanding Reality Program
Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce (Fuse)
Outstanding Daily Drama
Days of Our Lives (NBC)
Outstanding Newspaper Article
“LGBTQ in the Capital” Melissa Griffiths (Juneau Empire)
Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia
“We Are Here: LGBTI in Uganda” Sunnivie Brydum, D. David Robinson (Advocate.com)
Outstanding Music Artist
Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob
Outstanding Comic Book
Young Avengers, Kieron Gillen (Marvel Comics)
Outstanding Talk Show Interview (Spanish Language)
There was a tie:
“Debate por la igualdad” Al Punto (Univision)
“Decisión Histórica” Sin Límites con Elizabeth Espinosa (CNN en Español)
Outstanding Local TV Journalism (Spanish Language)
“Natalia: rompiendo barreras” Noticiero Telemundo Arizona (KTAZ-39)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment (Spanish Language)
“Decisión Histórica” Noticiero Telemundo (Telemundo)
Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia (Spanish Language)
“Eric y Juan, un matrimonio feliz a pesar de todo” by Fernando Mexia (EFE.com)
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