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GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS VIDEOS: ALLIES STAND UP FOR TRANS COMMUNITY AND AGAINST ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATION
- Last updated: May 24, 2023
CHRISTINA AGUILERA ACCEPTING GLAAD’S ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE AWARD:
“We all need to raise our voices if we want to live in a world that’s free of discrimination, hate and violence.” Video here.
BAD BUNNY ACCEPTING GLAAD’S VANGUARD AWARD:
“Thank you to the whole LGBTQ community for embracing me, for loving me the way that they do, and for inspiring me too.” Video here.
SURPRISE GUEST JENNIFER COOLIDGE: “I believe that we all have the right to be who we are and to love the people that we love and tell our stories and celebrate that in every way that we can, and that’s really what the GLAAD Media Awards are all about.” Video here.
SHOW TO STREAM ON HULU STARTING APRIL 12
34TH ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: BROS, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, 9-1-1 LONE STAR AND MORE
The event featured appearances by Angelica Ross, Betty Who, Billy Eichner, Brian Michael Smith, Brooke Eden, Chase Joynt, Gabrielle Union, Geena Rocero, Harvey Guillen, Isis King, Jen Richards, Joel Kim Booster, JORDY, Rafael Silva, Ronen Rubinstein, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ts Madison, Zackary Drucker, Vanessa Williams, Michelle Visage, Zaya Wade, and GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis
Los Angeles, CA – Friday, March 31, 2023 – GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, hosted the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles last night where stars spoke out against LGBTQ legislation and stood in solidarity with transgender people.
The GLAAD Media Awards premieres on Hulu on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.
Christina Aguilera received the Advocate for Change Award (video here), Bad Bunny received the Vanguard Award (video), presented by Ricky Martin, and Jeremy Pope received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award presented by Gabrielle Union (video to follow), at the star-studded ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles ceremony for the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards was hosted by Emmy and Grammy nominated comedian and actress Margaret Cho, and featured special performances from FLETCHER and Orville Peck.
To open this year’s show, queer icon, Jennifer Coolidge, opened the show with a surprise appearance to share her love and appreciation for the LGBTQ community. Watch the full video and viral moment HERE.
VIDEOS & PHOTOS
Red carpet and event photos courtesy of Getty Images for GLAAD HERE.
Video of honoree speeches and key moments during the show HERE.
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GLAAD presented the following awards from six categories onstage:
● A League Of Their Own received the award for Outstanding New TV Series presented by Joel Kim Booster and Ts Madison
● What We Do In The Shadows received the award for Outstanding Comedy Series presented by Raven-Symoné and Isis King
● 9-1-1 Lone Star received the award for Outstanding Drama Series presented by Sarah Michelle Gellar
● Bros received the award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release presented by host Margaret Cho and Liz Jenkins, the Chair of GLAAD’s Board of Directors
● Framing Agnes received the award for Outstanding Documentary presented by Vanessa Williams and Michelle Visage
● FLETCHER received the award for Outstanding Music Artist presented by Lance Bass and Trace Lysette
During the ceremony, GLAAD also announced the winners of select GLAAD Media Awards categories off-stage and on social media. The full list of announced winners thus far can be found below:
Outstanding New TV Series: A League of Their Own (Prime Video)
Outstanding Comedy Series: What We Do in The Shadows (FX)
Outstanding Film – Wide Release: Bros (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Documentary: Framing Agnes (Kino Lorber)
Outstanding Film – Limited Release: The Inspection (A24)
Outstanding Reality Program – Competition: Dancing with The Stars (Disney+)
Outstanding Music Artist: FLETCHER, Girl of My Dreams (Capitol Records)
Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series: The White Lotus (HBO MAX)
Outstanding Comic Book: Poison Ivy, by G. Willow Wilson, Marcio Takara, Atagun Ilhan, Brian Level, Stefano Gaudiano, Jay Leisten, Arif Prianto, Ivan Plascencia, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (DC Comics)
Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology: Young Men in Love (A Wave Blue World)
Outstanding Children’s Programming: “Adoptasaurus Rex” Dino Ranch (Disney Junior)
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate
Outstanding Spanish-Language Scripted Television Series: Los Espookys (HBO)
Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism: “Vico Ortiz” Primer Impacto (Univision)
Barbara Gittings Award for Excellence in LGBTQ Media: Los Angeles Blade and Washington Blade
Special Recognition: Alejandra Caraballo
Special Recognition: Drag Story Hour
Special Recognition: Rothaniel (HBO)
Special Recognition: #Letters4TransKids
Special Recognition: The Lesbian Bar Project
Special Recognition (Spanish-Language): “En Sus Palabras” (Univision)
Remaining winners for select categories will be announced at GLAAD’s New York Ceremony on Saturday, May 13.
Introduced by Geena Davis, GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, said:
“We are targeted because too many people don’t know us or understand who we are. And what you don’t know, you fear. Right-wing politicians and talking heads are rushing to fill that knowledge gap with baseless rhetoric that goes unchecked by news organizations and unregulated by social media companies. They’re using fear to get clicks and score political points. So I ask you: are we going to let them get away with it?”
Christina Aguilera, received GLAAD’s Advocate for Change Award and was introduced by Club Q Survivor, Michael Anderson, saying in part: “As I continue my career I’m constantly inspired by all the HIV activists, trans right leaders, and LGBTQ leaders who work tirelessly to push back against conformity and injustice. … We all need to raise our voices if we want to live in a world that’s free of discrimination, hate and violence.”
Bad Bunny, honored with this year’s Vanguard Award, introduced by Ricky Martin, accepted the award in a heartfelt speech, accepting in Spanish: “Lo primero que quiero es darte gracias a GLAAD por este reconocimiento. Gracias a toda la comunidad LGBTQ por abrazarme, por quererme en la manera que lo hacen, y por inspirarme también … Yo creo que cuando tienes un buen corazón, y cuando das amor, eso es lo que recibes pa atrás. Y eso es lo que he querido hacer todo este tiempo con mi música, con lo que representó, con el espacio, con mi concierto, con mis shows, con todo lo que hago, yo lo único que quiero eso. Dar amor y recibir amor.”
Translated: “The first thing I want to do is say thank you to GLAAD for this recognition. Thank you to the whole LGBTQ community for embracing me, for loving me the way that they do, and for inspiring me too. … I believe that when you have a good heart, and you give love, that’s what you receive back, and that’s what I’ve wanted to do all this time with my music, with what I represent, with my space, with my concert, with my shows, with all that I do, that’s all I want to do. Give love and receive love.”
Jeremy Pope, upon acceptance of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, introduced by Gabrielle Union: “As we continue to build and fight in the community we know that we are targeted. Our trans brothers and sisters, our rights are at stake. And at times I find my heart wrestling with how to keep the faith. It’s rooms like this that remind me of the power of this community. How we will rise time and time again for each other. Freedom. Liberation. Intentional love and support that runs longer than the Underground Railroad my ancestors ran upon. I refuse to use my time on this earth scared or living in shame. And I ask you to do the same.”
The 34th 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 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Gilead Sciences, Inc., Hyundai, and Ketel One Family Made Vodka. GLAAD is also grateful to Major Sponsor Delta Air Lines and Official Sponsor Sony Music Group.
The nominees for the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were published, released, or broadcast between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. For a full list of nominees, click here.
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The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies, which fund GLAAD’s work to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance, will be held in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday, March 30, 2023 and in New York at the Hilton Midtown on Saturday, May 13, 2023. GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis serves as Executive Producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, alongside GLAAD staff Rich Ferraro and Anthony Allen Ramos. Juana Guichardo and Jose Useche serve as Associate Producers and Wendy Shanker will serve as Headwriter.
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 www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.
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