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LOS ANGELES — Let Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, 2022 Golden Globe winner for Best Actress (Pose), steal the show at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards when she received an honorary award, the Stephen F. Kolzak.

“I have to thank my mom and dad for seeing me and loving me. When a child is loved, whether you are LGBTQIA or not, it makes all the difference. When you tell your queer child that you love, he thinks, “I love myself too. I thank all the parents in Texas, Florida, Idaho, Arizona and around the world who stand up to fear and ignorance and found their LGBTQIA children about love and acceptance.

The crowd went wild at his reference to the week-long events in which historic anti-gay legislation was signed in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Tennessee and other states.

“For parents everywhere who are hoping their children will find their way through all this hate, mom, tonight, they get it,” Ross said, gesturing to his mom across the room. “Let’s change the world,” she said, “so that every LGBTQIA child can shine.

GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, presented by JoJo Siwa, called for direct action from Hollywood.

“In this time of crisis, what’s different is that our community is holding businesses accountable. So I have a message for the industry: don’t wait to be in the hot seat. There is no more time to sit on the sidelines.

“We need Hollywood on the front lines,” she boasted, “fighting for our rights and telling our stories.”

Kate-Ellis called on Hollywood to take meaningful action and said GLAAD would activate further partnership actions with major product brands, agencies, studios and “streamers” to inspire them to work to support passage of the privacy law. legality.

“I expect all the industry leaders in this room,” she pleaded, “to join us.”

“GLAAD,” she pointed out, “will give you the playbook. But we won’t give you a pass.

It was a night of mask-less, social-distancing glamor when Hollywood’s LGBTQ+ elite and others were finally able to congregate after 2 years of pandemic restrictions that forced the event to be performed virtually.

During the presentations throughout the evening there were many references to the plight of LGBTQ+ Ukrainians and it was also an evening with lofty fundraising catch-up ambitions which began with the organization declaring that ‘she had set an ambitious goal of raising $8,000,000 from the crowd.

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) rights organization, has announced the winners in 16 of this year’s 30 categories for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, hosted by Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara, and DJ “Shangela” Pierce from the Emmy-nominated HBO series We are hereand featured a special performance by Jake Wesley Rogers.

Kacey Musgraves, one of Nashville’s biggest recording stars, received a high honor, the Vanguard Award, from one of Broadway’s brightest musical stars, Ben Platt

“One of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received,” Musgrave said, “in regards to my career is from a gay country fan who told me he heard my music and finally got over it. felt invited to a party he had never been invited to. I will continue to support you and I so appreciate you having mine.

Musgrave sang “Rainbow,” an anthem-like song that urged the crowd to remember their resistance and trust their allies, “Well, honey,” the song goes, “I’m just trying to tell you that there has always been a rainbow hanging over your head.

There were many memorable moments, including JEOPARDY! champion Amy Schneider leads a Drag Queen edition of “Jeopardy” with hosts Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’Hara and Shangela.

Famous Survivor cast member Zeke Smith proposed to Crazy Rich Asians actor Nico Santos. Zeke Smith, the double Survivor The contestant and Nico Santos gave the crowd quite the show when Smith got down on one knee and presented Santos with a ring and a marriage proposal. The crowd went crazy. The couple met at the 2018 ceremony.

August, Nats and Gigi Gorgeous Getty (Photo by Troy Masters)

The event also featured appearances from Andrew Garfield, Troye Sivan, JoJo Siwa, Jeopardy! Champion Amy Schneider, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Liv Hewson and Jasmin Savoy-Brown, Zeke Smith and Nico Santos, Peppermint, Meredith Marks, Harvey Guillén, John Cameron Mitchell, Jonathan Benett, Nicky Champa and Pierre Boo, Leo Sheng, Nicole Maines , Jazz Jennings, August Getty, Nats Getty, Gigi Gorgeous Getty, Mira Sorvino, Ronan Rubinstein, Rafael Silva and Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO

This year’s Los Angeles award recipients were:

Best New TV Series: hacks (HBO Max)

Best Comedy Series: saved by the bell (Peacock)

Outstanding Film – Wide Distribution: Eternals (Walt Disney Studios Cinema)

Exceptional reality program: RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) and We are here (HBO) TIE

Outstanding Documentary: Change the game (Hulu)

Best TV Movie: Single until the end (Netflix)

Outstanding Film – Limited Release: Parallel mothers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Limited or exceptional anthology series: It’s a sin (HBOMAX)

Outstanding Video Game: Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine Games/Square Enix)

Outstanding comic: Crush & Lobo (DC Comics)

Best Original Graphic Novel/Anthology: Comfort! Love and Pompoms (Oni Press)

Outstanding Overall Magazine Coverage: the lawyer

Outstanding Breakthrough Musical Artist: Lily Rose, Stronger than me (Big Loud Records/Back Blocks Music/Republic Records)

Best Scripted Television Series in Spanish: Maricon Lost (HBO Max)

Outstanding Spanish-Language Television Journalism: “Orgullo LGBTQ: 52 Años de Lucha y Evolución” (Telemundo 47)

Special Recognition: Not all boys are blue by George M. Johnson [filmed reading + performance]

Special Recognition: “Alok Vaid-Menon” 4D with Demi Lovato (Cadence13/OBB Sound/SB Projects)

Special Recognition: CODED: The hidden love of JC Leyendecker (Primary+)

Special Recognition: Peril! Champ Amy Schneider

Special Recognition: The Laverne Cox Show (Shondaland Audio/iHeartMedia)

Special Recognition: Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson (ABC News)

Special Recognition: Outsports coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Special recognition (Spanish language): “Celebrando el Mes del Orgullo” (Telemundo)

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