GLAAD Media Award Winners Include Kelly Ripa, ‘Last Week Tonight’

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The recipients of the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced Saturday night at New York’s Waldorf Astoria, with “Live! with Kelly and Michael” host Kelly Ripa scooping the Excellence in Media Award and MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts taking home the Vito Russo prize.

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” earned the award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode for a segment on Ugandan transgender activist Pepe Julian Onziema, while Showtime’s “L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin” won Outstanding Documentary.

Read on for the full list of winners from GLAAD’s annual ceremony, which recognizes and honors media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.

• Vito Russo Award: Thomas Roberts (presented by Lynda Carter)

• Excellence in Media Award: Kelly Ripa (presented by Anderson Cooper)

• Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Pepe Julian Onziema” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) [accepted by: Ugandan transgender activist Pepe Julian Onziema who accepted on behalf of the show]

• Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Fired for Being Gay?” MSNBC Live (MSNBC) [accepted by: MSNBC reporter Craig Melvin, and by Latta, S.C. Police Chief Crystal Moore]

• Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Sports Illustrated [accepted by: Jason Collins, Michael Sam, and Sports Illustrated Managing Editor Chris Stone]

• Outstanding Film – Limited Release: Lilting (Strand Releasing)

• Outstanding Documentary: L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin (Showtime)

• Outstanding Reality Program: R&B Divas: Atlanta (TV One)

• Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “Coming Out” Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (Nickelodeon)

• Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Longtime Utah LGBT Advocates Recount Brutal History” by Erin Alberty (Salt Lake City Tribune)

• Outstanding Magazine Article: “The Transgender Tipping Point” by Katy Steinmetz (Time)

• Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “Why did the U.S. Lock Up These Women with Men?” by Cristina Costantini, Jorge Rivas, Kristofer Ríos (


• Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: TIE: “Felipe Najera abre su corazón” Primer Impacto (Univision) and “Orlando Cruz habla de su vida” Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo)

• Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “La historia de una [mujer] transexual” Café CNN (CNN en Español)

• Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Mamá, soy homosexual dijo Ricardo; su familia no entendió y lo corrió de su casa” by Selene Rivera (Hoy Los Angeles)

• Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Identidades invisibles” [serie] by Marcos Billy Guzmán (

• Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “¿Que es ENDA?” by Cary Tabares (

GLAAD previously announced that it was acknowledging BioWare’s video game “Dragon Age: Inquisition” and the song “Era Diferente” by Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte with Special Recognition Awards.

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  2. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    I can tell you this for a fact that those two winning Spanish-language shows by Univision and Telemundo are BOTH sensationalistic. I’m very surprised they won.

  3. Alex says:

    How many award shows does GLAAD have a year?

  4. Candice says:

    Awards for having common sense, is not really an award is it. Looks more to me like the “Award Givers” opportunity to feel like they’re something special, by rubbing elbows with people they idolize. Sad.

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:


    • Alex says:

      This is the only award most of these people will ever get. This may be why there are so many show with lovable gay characters, they’re not going to get nominated for anything else.

      • Coach L. says:

        Dude, shoving less than 1% of our country’s gay people’s life-style, down middle America’s throat, is why so many of those shows are failing year after year. Has it ever occurred to Hollywood, that the rest of the country doesn’t dig it?

    • Candice says:

      P.S. Sad, that people have to make themselves out to be “Victims” to actually create an Award so that they can feel better about themselves. Hello? Stupidity in the house.

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