LOS ANGELES – GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, tonight hosted a virtual ceremony to announce the award recipients of the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The event streamed live on GLAAD’s Facebook and YouTube, and [also aired] on Logo on Monday, August 3 at 8pm ET. The virtual ceremony for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards was hosted by comedians Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere, and featured special performances from Chloe x Halle, Shea Diamond, and Ben Platt.
During the virtual ceremony, GLAAD spotlighted the award recipients for seven competitive categories. Lil Nas X took home the award for Outstanding Music Artist, the cast and producers of Pose accepted the award for Outstanding Drama Series for a second year in a row, Schitt’s Creek won for Outstanding Comedy Series, Booksmart took home the award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release, Dolly Parton accepted the award for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character) for the Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings episode “Two Doors Down,” Rachel Maddow received the award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment for her one-on-one interview with Pete Buttigieg, and Raquel Willis won the award for Outstanding Magazine Article for her Out Magazine article “The Trans Obituaries Project.” During the ceremony, Ryan O’Connell also accepted a Special Recognition honor for his Netflix series Special. Journalists Mark Segal and Karen Ocamb were also awarded Special Recognition honors for their individual work, as well as the critical role that LGBTQ media play in driving LGBTQ acceptance forward.
Demi Lovato said while presenting: “I specifically want to remind trans youth that you matter. I know things are crazy hard right now, and you may not have your usual support system around you…but don’t let anyone, especially the Trump administration, fool you into thinking you are anything less than perfect and meant to be. Be proud of who you are, keep your voices loud and strong, and know that we’re out here fighting for you.”
Dwyane Wade said while presenting: “We stand as allies with the LGBTQ+ community as proud parents of a transgender child. Our daughter Zaya is leading us in our journey, and we’re doing all we can to give every one of our kids the ability to live their truth. I didn’t always understand how to do that – but I thank Zaya for teaching me, and GLAAD for elevating the images and messages that accelerate acceptance in every family.”
The virtual ceremony for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards featured appearances by Kandi Burruss, Cara Delevingne, Kaitlyn Dever, Sonya Deville, Beanie Feldstein, Jennifer Garner, Theo Germaine, August Getty, Gigi Gorgeous Getty & Nats Getty, Jonica T. Gibbs, Harvey Guillén, Dan Levy, Demi Lovato, Rachel Maddow, Lil Nas X, Ryan O’Connell, Dolly Parton, Peppermint, the cast and producers of Pose, Geena Rocero, Angelica Ross, Lilly Singh, Benito Skinner, Brian Michael Smith, Darryl Stephens, Charli XCX, Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union, Lena Waithe, Olivia Wilde, Raquel Willis, and GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
The 31st 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 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Gilead, P&G, and Wells Fargo.
Prior to the virtual ceremony, GLAAD announced the winners of the remaining GLAAD Media Awards categories on Twitter, which featured acceptance speeches from each of the award recipients, including Stephen Colbert (Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode), El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca’s Aristemo (Outstanding Spanish-Language Scripted Television Series), Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin (Outstanding Limited Series), Juju Chang & Dominique Jackson (Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine), The Advocate team (Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage), and more. Previously announced winners and their acceptance speeches can be found here, and the full list of winners can be found below:
” Outstanding Film – Wide Release: Booksmart (United Artists Releasing)
” Outstanding Film – Limited Release: Rafiki (Film Movement)
” Outstanding Drama Series: Pose (FX)
” Outstanding Comedy Series: Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
” Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series w/o a regular LGBTQ character): “Two Doors Down” Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (Netflix)
” Outstanding TV Movie: Transparent: Musicale Finale (Amazon)
” Outstanding Limited Series: Tales of the City (Netflix)
” Outstanding Documentary: State of Pride (YouTube)
Outstanding Kids & Family Programming [TIE]: The Bravest Knight (Hulu) and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+)
” Outstanding Reality Program: Are You the One? (MTV)
” Outstanding Music Artist: Lil Nas X, 7 (Columbia)
” Outstanding Comic Book: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, by Simon Spurrier, Emilio Laiso, Andrea Broccardo, Wilton Santos, Caspar Wijngaard, Marc Deering, Don Ho, Walden Wong, Chris Bolson, Scott Hanna, Elsa Charretier, Rachelle Rosenberg, Chris O’Halloran, Stephane Paitreau, Lee Loughridge, Edgar Delgado, Jim Campbell, Joe Caramagna (Marvel Comics)
” Outstanding Video Game: The Outer Worlds (Private Division)
” Outstanding Broadway Production: The Inheritance, by Matthew Lopez
” Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode: “Jonathan Van Ness: Honey, She’s An Onion With All Sorts of Layers” The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
” Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “Am I Next? Trans and Targeted” Nightline (ABC)
” Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “One-on-One with Mayor Pete Buttigieg” The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)
” Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Military Reports No Discharges Under Trans Ban – But Advocates Have Doubts” by Chris Johnson (Washington Blade)
” Outstanding Magazine Article: “The Trans Obituaries Project” by Raquel Willis (OUT)
” Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Advocate
” Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens” by Scott Bixby (TheDailyBeast.com)
” Outstanding Digital Journalism – Video or Multimedia: “Stonewall 50: The Revolution” produced by Sekiya Dorsett, Brooke Sopelsa, Elizabeth Kuhr, Shahrzad Elghanayan, Wesley Oliver, Tim Fitzsimons, Victor Limjoco (NBC OUT and Nightly Films)
” Outstanding Blog: My Fabulous Disease
” Special Recognition: Special (Netflix)
” Special Recognition: Karen Ocamb, former news editor, Los Angeles Blade
” Special Recognition: Mark Segal, founder and publisher, Philadelphia Gay News
” Outstanding Spanish-Language Scripted Television Series: El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca (Univision)
” Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism – Newsmagazine [TIE]: “Después de Stonewall” (CNN en Español) and “Orgullo” Despierta América (Univision)
” Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Interview: “Cómo y Cuándo Salir del Clóset” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)
” Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism Segment: “Amor Sin Condición” Noticiero Univision 33 (Univision)
” Outstanding Spanish-Language Digital Journalism Article: “Soy Gay y Estoy Orgulloso de Poder Decirlo: Jorge Luis Martínez, patinador mexicano” por Mario Villagrán (GQ Mexico)
” Outstanding Spanish-Language Digital Journalism – Video or Multimedia “América a Fondo: Brigitte Baptiste, el Rostro de la (bio) Diversidad” por David Casasús (EFE)
“During this era of political and cultural division, LGBTQ images in media are crucial in accelerating acceptance for the LGBTQ community and countering the dangerous rise in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “This year’s award recipients, including Pose and Schitt’s Creek, continue to bring necessary mainstream visibility to diverse voices within the LGBTQ community, ultimately raising the bar for LGBTQ inclusion and representation in media.”
The nominees for the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards were published, released, or broadcast between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. For a full list of nominees, go to
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The 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Gilead, P&G, and Wells Fargo. GLAAD is also grateful to: Major Partners The Ariadne Getty Foundation and Skittles; Titanium Partners Bud Light, Kaiser Permanente, NBA/WNBA, Netflix, PwC, Signet Jewelers; and Gold Partners Coca-Cola, MLB, Nickelodeon, and Nielsen. Special thanks to Accenture.
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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