Following last month’s gala in Los Angeles, where Britney Spears stole the show and Adam Rippon smooched Gus Kenworthy, the second half of the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards was held Saturday night in New York.
“GLAAD is working to ensure the spirit of unity and intersectionality that was celebrated tonight extends throughout the year,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement.
“Tonight’s award recipients are the front lines to ensuring that LGBTQ acceptance moves forward in a political and cultural climate that is working against us.”
Many celebrities in attendance wore blue “&” pins to show support for GLAAD’s inclusive Together initiative.
Hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Mathews at the New York Hilton Midtown, the gala kicked off with Melissa Etheridge and Adam Lambert performing a new arrangement of Etheridge’s “I’m the Only One,” celebrating the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking album Yes I Am.
Among the evening’s big winners, Oscar-winning Call Me By Your Name screenwriter James Ivory and producer Peter Spears were on hand to accept the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release.
Other honorees included bisexual musician Halsey, Anderson Cooper 360 for its coverage of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for its episode about Australian marriage equality.
As previously announced, Sen. Cory Booker presented trailblazing A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay with the Excellence in Media Award.
The Handmaid’s Tale star Samira Wiley, attending with wife and Orange Is the New Black writer Lauren Morelli, won the Vito Russo Award, given to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBT acceptance.
While accepting the award, presented by her Handmaid’s Tale co-star Alexis Bledel, Wiley shared a message for LGBT youth: “You are loved.”
Jay-Z also received a special recognition for “Smile,” a special track from his album 4:44. “Smile” celebrates and features the rapper’s mother, Gloria Carter, who came out publicly as a lesbian in the song’s lyrics.
Accepting the honor from Robin Roberts, Carter told the crowd, “I’m a human being who has a right to love who I love.”
Jay-Z has said he “cried tears of joy” when his mother came out to him last year because “she was free.”
See the full list of New York honorees and more photos below.
Excellence in Media Award: Ava DuVernay
Vito Russo Award: Samira Wiley
Special Recognition Award: “Smile” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter, 4:44
Outstanding Film – Wide Release: Call Me By Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Outstanding Documentary: Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric (National Geographic)
Outstanding Music Artist: Halsey, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Australian Marriage Equality,” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub,” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community,” NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)
Outstanding Newspaper Article: “The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV” by Gracie Bonds Staples (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Outstanding Magazine Article: “Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge” by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker)
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Billboard
Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “’This Is How We Win’: Inside Danica Roem’s Historic Victory” by Diana Tourjée (Broadly.Vice.com)
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “Pulse, Huellas de la Masacre,” Docufilms (CNN en Español)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Comunidad LGBTQ Vulnerable Bajo Nuevo Gobierno,” Perspectiva Nacional (Entravision)
Other attendees and presenters, pictured here, included Alexis Michelle, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Laverne Cox, Lea Michele, Asia Kate Dillon, Nyle DiMarco, Nico Tortorella and Bethany Meyers, Tommy Dorfman, Gigi Gorgeous, Zeke Smith, Jackie and Juliet Evancho, Wrabel, Sandra Lee, Brad Goreski, Reggie Bullock, Amiyah Scott, and Angelica Ross.