GLAAD Media Awards in New York Canceled Over Coronavirus Concerns

The organization cited Gov. Andrew Cuomo's update on COVID-19.

Above: Kylar W. Broadus, Bamby Salcedo and Sydney Freeland speak on stage at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 6, 2017 in New York City.

The 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City is the latest event canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

GLAAD Chief Communications Officer Rich Ferraro, who is also an executive producer of the event, announced the decision on Wednesday, citing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s update, which included discouraging people gathering together in dense areas. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has included event cancellations and “social distancing” among a list of community-based interventions that can help slow the spread of the disease.

Billy Porter GLAAD Awards
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Billy Porter with a GLAAD Media Award.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced 10 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday morning, bringing the city’s total COVID-19 cases to 46.

Ferraro cited “GLAAD’s long-standing commitment to the safety of our members, sponsors, and guests” and Cuomo’s recommendations in a statement explaining the group’s decision to cancel the event, which was to take place March 19.

“We are beyond proud to honor Ryan Murphy and Judith Light, two trailblazing beacons of LGBTQ advocacy and inclusion, and we will ensure their game-changing work is rightfully recognized at another time,” Ferraro said.

He also thanked would-be host Lilly Singh and performers Adam Lambert and Ben Platt, “and all of the LGBTQ people who were working hard to ensure our stage show would once again send much-needed messages of LGBTQ acceptance around the globe.”

GLAAD will be reaching out to nominees with plans on announcing award winners, according to the statement. The organization is also in the process of speaking with public health officials concerning the awards event scheduled for April 16 in Los Angeles, which has more than 150 cases and its first official coronavirus-related death.

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