Keenan Scott II's Thoughts of a Colored Man, which played the John Golden Theatre this past fall, and the current, gender-switched revival of Company tied for Outstanding Broadway Production at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards—honoring media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues—May 6 at the Hilton Midtown in New York.
Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby and transgender artist and RuPaul's Drag Race alum Peppermint hosted the New York ceremony.
Wilson Cruz was honored with the Vito Russo Award, named for GLAAD co-founder and ACT UP activist Vito Russo and presented to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in accelerating LGBTQ acceptance. Oscar winner Ariana DeBose also presented Tony winner Judith Light with GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award, honoring allies of the LGBTQ community who have made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance.
Winners announced during the New York ceremony follow:
Outstanding Drama Series: Pose (FX)
Outstanding Music Artist: Lil Nas X
Outstanding Children’s Programming: "Family Day" Sesame Street (HBO Max)
Outstanding Kids & Family Programming: Power Rangers: Dino Fury (Nickelodeon/Netflix)
Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist: Lil Rose, Stronger Than I Am (Big Loud Records/Back Blocks Music/Republic Records)
Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode: "Elliot Page" The Oprah Conversation (Apple TV+)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "HIV/AIDS: 40 Years Later" Today (NBC)
Outstanding TV Journalism - Long-Form: "Pride of The White House" (MSNBC)
Outstanding Print Article: "Lawmakers Can’t Cite Local Examples of Trans Girls in Sports" by David Crary & Lindsay Whitehurst (The Associated Press)
Outstanding Online Journalism Article: "'No Time For Intolerance:' Dr. Rachel Levine Has a Job to Do" by Dawn Ennis (Forbes.com)
Outstanding Online Journalism - Video or Multimedia: "Transnational" [series] by Eva Reign, Alyza Enriquez, Freddy McConnell, Vivek Kemp, Courtney Brooks, Sarah Burke, Hendrik Hinzel, Alyza Enriquez, Dan Ming, Trey Strange, and Daisy Wardell (VICE News)
Outstanding Blog: Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism Article: (TIE) "Claudia: La Enfermera Trans que Lucha Contra el Covid en Ciudad Juárez" por Louisa Reynolds (Nexos.com) and "Somos Invisibles": La Discriminación y los Riesgos se Multiplican para los Indígenas LGBTQ+" por Albinson Linares (Telemundo.com)
Outstanding Spanish-Language Online Journalism - Video or Multimedia: "Expulsados México: Cómo la Comunidad Transgénero se Unió para Ayudar a los Migrantes" por Patricia Clarembaux, Anna Clare Spelman, y Celemente Sánchez (Univision Noticias)
Special guests included Ivory Aquino, Dyllón Burnside, Laverne Cox, Tommy Dorfman, Murray Hill, Jesse James Keitel, Devin Way, Stephen Dunn, Rafael Silva, Nyle DiMarco, Cynthia Nixon, Anthony Rapp, Lily Rose, Amber Tamblyn, and GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
The ceremony also featured Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and composer Michael R. Jackson in a performance from his new Broadway musical A Strange Loop and Emmy winner Dove Cameron performing her new single "Boyfriend."
“This year’s GLAAD Media Awards come at a time where LGBTQ visibility and storytelling can be the frontline response to a dangerous rise in anti-LGBTQ legislation around the country,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Our nominees and award recipients, including Pose, Sesame Street, Eternals, Hacks, Lil Nas X, We’re Here and so many journalists and news producers, showcase the beautiful diversity of LGBTQ people. At a time when we need it most, these stories, these stories rise against hate, enlighten, entertain, and send an undeniable message: we are not going anywhere.”
At the April 2 Los Angeles GLAAD ceremony, Kacey Musgraves received the Vanguard Award from Ben Platt, and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from Andrew Garfield. The Los Angeles ceremony is currently streaming on Hulu.
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies fund GLAAD's work to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance. Visit GLAAD.org for more information.