GLAAD held the New York installment of its 25th Annual Media Awards tonight at the Waldorf Astoria in New York (the first segment took place at the Beverly Hilton here in L.A. on April 12.) Current Frontiers cover model Laverne Cox made a splash at both events. After garnering the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the L.A. awards for her groundbreaking television work as a trans woman of color, Cox was recognized again tonight, this time as part of an ensemble when Orange is the New Black won the award for “Outstanding Comedy Series.”
George Takei received the Vito Russo Award, given annually to an LGBT media professional who has made a “significant difference in promoting LGBT equality." Takei brought down the house when he thanked the world’s straight people for “making the gay babies of tomorrow.” Takei and his husband Brad Takei are featured in the upcoming documentary To Be Takei, which chronicles their relationship and lifetime of activism.
Performances included Kylie Minogue’s sing-along version of “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” from atop one of the dinner tables, and another by Kacey Musgraves, the first country star to perform at the GLADD Media Awards. Films Concussion and Philomena also won awards, as did the MSNBC TV segment “Gay Rights at Work” with John Roberts. Comedian Fortune Feimster (Chelsea Lately) hosted the event.
Below is a full list of winners from both the New York and L.A. 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards: