Additional Reporting By: Vinesh Vora
GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer media advocacy organization, announced recipients for the remaining 13 of this year’s 27 categories for the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Madonna received the Advocate for Change Award from Anderson Cooper, while Andy Cohen received the Vito Russo Award from Golden Globe-winning actress Sarah Jessica Parker at the star-studded ceremony at the Hilton Midtown in New York. The 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York were hosted by drag superstar Shangela.
Those in the room were flattered to be a part of the stellar presentation.
“I have been many times, including when it was a smaller affair, so it’s exciting to see that they are getting so much support and that it is growing,” stated Bevy Smith on the carpet. “And that means that the LGBTQ acceptance is growing, and that it is mainstream now. And this is a very amazing thing to see.”
At the event, celebrities sported blue “&” pins for GLAAD’s Together movement – GLAAD’s campaign to represent the power of solidarity and great accomplishments that occur when marginalized community groups – including women, Muslims, Black americans, immigrants, people of color, and LGBTQ people – stand together.
“It’s an honor. I love coming to GLAAD. This is my second year here and honestly what I love about GLAAD is that I love being amongst my peers, being able to congratulate one another, and it’s just a good vibe,” reflected Hailie Sahar.
In her remarks, Madonna said:“As soon as you really understand what it means to love, you understand what it takes to become a human being and that it is every human’s duty to fight, to advocate, to do whatever we can and whatever it takes. MADAME X is a FREEDOM FIGHTER.”
The 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. The 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Gilead, Hyundai, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, and Wells Fargo.