Los Angeles, CA – GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, hosted a virtual ceremony on Wednesday night July 30th to announce the award recipients of the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The event streamed live on GLAAD’s Facebook and YouTube, and aired on Logo on Monday, August 3. The virtual ceremony was hosted by comedians Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere, and featured special performances from Chloe x Halle, Shea Diamond, and Ben Platt. Baltimore Outloud writer Mark S. King won the Best Blog award for My Fabulous Disease.

            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.” (Seattle Gay News athttp://www.sgn.org/sgnnews48_32/page14.cfm)