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Ava DuVernay, Samira Wiley, and Gloria Carter receive honors at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards

GLAAD Media Award recipients were announced in the remainder of this year’s categories for the 29th edition. Ross Mathews hosted the event and Melissa Etheridge and Adam Lambert opened the show with a duet to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of Etheridge’s breakthrough album YES I AM by performing an unforgettable new arrangement of her song “I’m The Only One.”

At the event, celebrities sported blue “&” pins for GLAAD’s Together movement – representing GLAAD’s work on intersectional issues including immigration, racial justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ acceptance. This subtle yet powerful symbol represents the power of solidarity and great accomplishments that occur when marginalized community groups – including women, Muslims, immigrants, and LGBTQ people – resist together.

“GLAAD is working to ensure the spirit of unity and intersectionality that was celebrated tonight extends throughout the year,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO. “Tonight’s award recipients are the front lines to ensuring that LGBTQ acceptance moves forward in a political and cultural climate that is working against us.”  

Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Awards presented on stage, and the individuals that accepted the awards (accepters tentative):

    • Excellence in Media Award: Ava DuVernay [presented by: Senator Cory Booker]
    • Vito Russo Award: Samira Wiley [presented by Alexis Bledel]
    • Special Recognition Award: “Smile” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, 4:44[accepted by Ms. Gloria Carter]

  • Outstanding Film – Wide Release: Call Me By Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics) [accepted by Academy Award-winning screenwriter James Ivory and producer Peter Spears]

The following is a list of other award recipients announced at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York:

  • Outstanding Documentary: Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric(National Geographic)
  • Outstanding Reality Program: Survivor: Game Changers (CBS)
  • Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Australian Marriage Equality” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
  • Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)
  • Outstanding Newspaper Article: “The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV” by Gracie Bonds Staples (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Outstanding Magazine Article: “Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge” by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker)
  • Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Billboard
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “’This Is How We Win’: Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory” by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com)

Spanish-Language Winners:

  • Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “Pulse, Huellas de la Masacre” Docufilms (CNN en Español)
  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Comunidad LGBTQ Vulnerable Bajo Nuevo Gobierno” Perspectiva Nacional (Entravision)

GLAAD previously announced that the short animated short film In A Heartbeat would receive a Special Recognition Award.

Several award recipients were previously announced at the Los Angeles event on April 12 at the Beverly Hilton, where GLAAD also presented the Vanguard Award to Britney Spears and the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Jim Parsons:

  • Outstanding Drama Series: This Is Us (NBC) [accepted by: Denis O’Hare; presented by Rachel Bloom and Ben Feldman]
  • Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character): “Thanksgiving” Master of None (Netflix) [accepted by Lena Waithe; presented by Halle Berry]
  • Outstanding Kids & Family Programming winner: Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
  • Outstanding Comedy Series: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) [accepted by: Chelsea Peretti, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, and producer Dan Goor; presented by Chloe Grace Moretz and Tom Payne]
  • Outstanding Film – Limited Release: A Fantastic Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series: When We Rise (ABC)
  • Outstanding Comic Book: Black Panther: World of Wakanda (Marvel Comics)
  • Outstanding Daily Drama: The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS)
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist” by Samantha Allen (Splinter)
  • Outstanding Blog: TransGriot (transgriot.blogspot.com)

Spanish-Language Award Recipients

  • Outstanding Scripted Television Series: Las Chicas Del Cable (Netflix)
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism: “Tres Hemanitos Para Dos Papás” por Jacqueline García (laopinion.com)

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