TV icon and LGBT advocate George Takei received the highest honors with GLAAD's Vito Russo Award. The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.
In his acceptance speech Takei said, "But as long as LGBT people can be fired from their job for simply being who they are, our work isn’t done yet. As long as young people are kicked out of their families just for being who they are, our work is not done yet. As long as people are be bullied into feeling that their lives are so hopeless that they are driven to self-destructive acts, our work is not done. Working in concert with GLAAD, with its history of achievement and the legacy of Vito Russo, we will make this a better world, a more equal society of all people…I accept the GLAAD Vito Russo Award with pride, and with humility and with resolve." You can watch George's speech here.
GLAAD's new President Sarah Kate Ellis shared her vision for GLAAD, underscoring how important it is to protect all that has been accomplished. The organizations new initiatives include Global Voices, Southern Stories and Help Engage Youth (HEY), these programs are designed to amplify the voice of equality around the world. .
Also at the event, global superstar Kylie Minogue and Grammy Award-winner Kacey Musgraves gave special performances. Comedian Fortune Feimster hosted the event. Special guests included the cast of Orange is the New Black, Naomi Watts, Emmy Russom, Fortune Feimster, Boy George, Raúl Castillo, Frankie J. Álvarez, Big Freedia, Chely Wright, and many more--came out to enjoy the night and celebrate the LGBT community in the media. See photos and videos from the event by clicking here.
The GLAAD Media Awards support's GLAAD's mission of rewriting the script for LGBT equality. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to positive change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.
To learn more or get involved, please visit www.glaad.org.