During the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday, Lilly Singh accepted the award for Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode for her A Little Late With Lilly Singh segment, “Lilly Responds to Comments About Her Sexuality.”
Watch Lilly’s acceptance speech below:
When accepting the award, Lilly said: “I came out relatively late in life…you know, in other cultures like South Asian culture…there is still a stigma attached to being your true authentic self. I always think that if I was younger and I saw someone on TV who looked like me, that was out and proud about it, maybe I would’ve gotten here faster…I just want to say to everyone at home that looks like me: I am out. I am loud. I am proud. I love myself. And the journey to get here was tough, but it was so worth it. So I want to say that I see you. I recognize you. You are valid. You are beautiful. Nothing about you needs to change.”
During the virtual ceremony, Sam Smith also accepted the award for Outstanding Music Artist, Disclosure took home the award for Outstanding Documentary, Schitt’s Creek received the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for a second year in a row, Star Trek: Discovery won for Outstanding Drama Series, Happiest Season took home the award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release, The Boys in the Band received the award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release, We’re Here won for Outstanding Reality Program, and The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo took home the award for Outstanding Children’s Programming. Prior to the virtual ceremony, GLAAD announced the winners of the remaining GLAAD Media Awards categories on Twitter. Check out the full list of winners here.
Watch the ceremony for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on GLAAD’s YouTube here. The ceremony is also available to stream on-demand on Hulu now until the end of June. For a full recap of the ceremony’s appearances, performances, and acceptance speeches, click here.
The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show in the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences globally.
The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Gilead, Hyundai, and Ketel One Family Made Vodka. GLAAD is also grateful to: Major Sponsors Google and YouTube; Official Sponsor TikTok; Titanium Sponsors Bud Light, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, Disney, Facebook, HBO Max, Omnicom, Sony Music Group, and Starz; Platinum Sponsors Amazon Studios, Facet Records, Hallmark Channel, MGM/Orion Pictures, Netflix, Sheppard Mullin, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Viacom CBS; and Gold Sponsors Edelman, Ketchum, Nickelodeon, and Sephora. Special thanks to Kevin Burke & Jeff Ferguson.