The 2016 GLAAD Media Awards honored the best in LGBT media including “Sense8,” Carol” Demi Lovato and Ruby Rose.
Lilly Wachowski made her first public appearance since her transition while accepting the Outstanding Drama Series for Netflix original series “Sense8.” During her acceptance speech ,Wachowski spoke on her transgender experience.
“Love is a crucial thing for transgender people. It’s a tether,” Wachowski said in her speech.”When faced with a rather simple proposition of whether you’re unlovable, our imagination falters. Too many of us end up on the wrong side of the existential question of love or oblivion. And so we ring that bell. Not just for everyone else’s sake, but our own.”
Demi Lovato accepted the Vanguard Award and Ruby Rose was presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by Taylor Swift, who made a surprised appearance.
“Carol” won for Outstanding Film Wide Release after being largely ignored at the Oscars this year. For television, Amazon Prime’s “Transparent” picked up an award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
“I Am Cait” and “I Am Jazz” tied for Outstanding Reality Program. “Bessie,” starring Queen Latifah as bisexual singer Bessie Smith, won for Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series. Outstanding Music Artist went to YouTuber and musician Troye Sivan.
GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis also spoke about Georgia’s discriminatory LGBT bill.
“We saw the power of Hollywood when we pulled together and came out against it in Georgia and Gov. Deal vetoed [the recent bill]. So, I think it’s really important that moving forward we’re having this conversation on a daily basis because these are popping up on a daily basis,” Ellis said.
The ceremony airs on LOGO on Monday, April 4. More awards will be given in New York on May 14.