GLAAD Media Awards: Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union honor trans daughter, Lil Nas X wins
On Thursday night, the GLAAD Media Awards had its 31st annual show, but the first one to be presented virtually. The streamed format – which was presented on YouTube and Facebook – allowed for a slew of stars to make quick appearances to present and accept awards.
Among those stars: Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, proud LGBTQ+ allies who presented the award for drama series (which went to "Pose") and used their moments onscreen to talk about how they're proud parents of a transgender child.
"Our daughter Zaya is leading us on this journey," Wade said, admitting that he didn't always understand what it meant for someone to live their truth. "I want to thank Zaya for teaching me and GLAAD for elevating the images and messages that accelerate acceptance in every family."
Union added, "That mission means even more to us now as we raise all of our Black children. Black lives matter and Black trans lives matter. We are calling on all of our racial justice warriors out there to open your hearts and your minds to the LGBTQ+ community so that we can work together and empower each other and save lives."
The hour-long event featured comedy bits, musical performances and cameos from presenters and winners.
Lil Nas X, in a sheer ruffled top, thanked everyone for his outstanding-artist award. And Dolly Parton sang a capella and said she was "thrilled" to receive an award for show "Dolly Parton's Heartstrings."
Beanie Feldstein, who accepted an award for "Booksmart" in a split-screen video with director Olivia Wilde and co-star Kaitlyn Dever, said the honor "meant so much to me as a queer actor." She continued: "Embrace what you are, because there's only one you." Presenter Cara Delevingne, in a furry rainbow coat, shared a similar sentiment. "Every little bit of you is special," she declared.
"Pose" stars MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Angelica Ross, Angel Bismark Curiel, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Hailie Sahar and Billy Porter all said parts of a shared speech in celebration of their win. "Our commitment to telling our story will never waver," promised Porter in front of a sign that said "Vote Betches."
Demi Lovato, who introduced performer Shea Diamond (who rocked a performance of her song "We Are Here"), said, "To all the trans youth, I want to make sure you know that you matter." She added: "Be proud of who you are, keep your voices loud and strong, and know that we’re fighting for you."
Dan Levy and Noah Reid celebrated their "Schitt's Creek" win with plenty of gratitude, especially for fans who kissed (and sent photos as proof) under the billboard in Los Angeles that features their characters, David and Patrick, smooching.
Chloe x Halle ended the show with a vibrant performance of "Do It" dressed as Spice Girls with "RuPaul’s Drag Race" alums Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Mayhem Miller and Naomi Smalls.
Outstanding film - wide release: "Booksmart" (United Artists Releasing)
Outstanding film - limited release: "Rafiki" (Film Movement)
Outstanding drama series: "Pose" (FX)
Outstanding comedy series: "Schitt’s Creek" (Pop)
Outstanding individual episode (in a series w/o a regular LGBTQ character): "Two Doors Down" "Dolly Parton's Heartstrings" (Netflix)
Outstanding TV movie: "Transparent: Musicale Finale" (Amazon)
Outstanding limited series: "Tales of the City" (Netflix)
Outstanding documentary: "State of Pride" (YouTube)
Outstanding kids & family programming [TIE]: "The Bravest Knight" (Hulu) and "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" (Disney+)
Outstanding reality program: "Are You the One?" (MTV)
Outstanding music artist: Lil Nas X, 7 (Columbia)
Outstanding comic book: "Star Wars: Doctor Aphra," by Simon Spurrier, Emilio Laiso, Andrea Broccardo, Wilton Santos, Caspar Wijngaard, Marc Deering, Don Ho, Walden Wong, Chris Bolson, Scott Hanna, Elsa Charretier, Rachelle Rosenberg, Chris O'Halloran, Stephane Paitreau, Lee Loughridge, Edgar Delgado, Jim Campbell, Joe Caramagna (Marvel Comics)
Outstanding video game: "The Outer Worlds" (Private Division)
Outstanding Broadway production: "The Inheritance," by Matthew Lopez
Outstanding variety or talk show episode: “Jonathan Van Ness: Honey, she's an onion with all sorts of layers” from "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" (CBS)
Outstanding TV journalism – newsmagazine: “Am I Next? Trans and Targeted” from "Nightline" (ABC)
Outstanding TV journalism segment: “One-on-one with Mayor Pete Buttigieg” from "The Rachel Maddow Show" (MSNBC)
Outstanding newspaper article: “Military reports no discharges under trans ban — But Advocates Have Doubts” by Chris Johnson (Washington Blade)
Outstanding magazine article: “The trans obituaries project” by Raquel Willis (OUT)
Outstanding magazine overall coverage: Advocate
Outstanding digital journalism article: “Trump administration to LGBT couples: Your ‘out of wedlock’ kids aren’t citizens” by Scott Bixby (TheDailyBeast.com)
Outstanding digital journalism – video or multimedia: “Stonewall 50: The Revolution” produced by Sekiya Dorsett, Brooke Sopelsa, Elizabeth Kuhr, Shahrzad Elghanayan, Wesley Oliver, Tim Fitzsimons, Victor Limjoco (NBC OUT and Nightly Films)
Outstanding blog: My Fabulous Disease
Special recognition: "Special" (Netflix)
Special recognition: Karen Ocamb, former news editor, Los Angeles Blade
Special recognition: Mark Segal, founder and publisher, Philadelphia Gay News
Outstanding Spanish-language scripted television series: El Corazón Nunca Se Equivoca (Univision)
Outstanding Spanish-language TV journalism – Newsmagazine [TIE]: “Después de Stonewall” (CNN en Español) and “Orgullo” Despierta América (Univision)
Outstanding Spanish-language TV interview: “Cómo y Cuándo Salir del Clóset” Un Nuevo Día (Telemundo)
Outstanding Spanish-language TV journalism segment: “Amor Sin Condición” Noticiero Univision 33 (Univision)
Outstanding Spanish-language digital journalism article: “Soy Gay y Estoy Orgulloso de Poder Decirlo: Jorge Luis Martínez, patinador mexicano” por Mario Villagrán (GQ Mexico)
Outstanding Spanish-language digital journalism - video or mMultimedia “América a Fondo: Brigitte Baptiste, el Rostro de la (bio) Diversidad” por David Casasús (EFE)