The 2021 installment of GLAAD’s annual awards honoring the best in LGBTQ media were held virtually this Thursday (April 8) on YouTube. Some of the biggest out celebs like Laverne Cox, Dan Levy, Sam Smith, and Eureka O’Hara appeared during the ceremony, as well as one recent addition to the LGBTQ community: JoJo Siwa.
The Nickelodeon star made her GLAAD Media Award debut, and like her previous television appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, she gushed about her girlfriend.
“I have the best, most amazing, wonderful girlfriend in the entire world who makes me so, so, so happy, and that is all that matters,” Siwa said during last night’s ceremony. “I think it’s really cool now that kids all around the world who look up to me can now see that loving who you want to love is totally awesome.”
“If you want to fall in love with a girl, if you want to fall in love with a boy, if you want to fall with somebody who is a they/them or who is nonbinary, that is incredible,” she continued, before announcing The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo as the winner of Outstanding Children’s Programming Award.
Siwa has been spreading love ever since coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community. Earlier this year, the 17-year-old fueled rumors about her sexual orientation when she posted a video of her dancing to “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga on TikTok. During her recent appearance on The Tonight Show, she explained how it was during a FaceTime call with her GF that she was encouraged to post a photo of her wearing the “Best Gay Cousin Ever” t-shirt, which sent the internet into a tizzy.
“I was on FaceTime with my girlfriend… and we were just talking about all the love that came in [from the TikTok video], and we were both like, technically I still haven’t confirmed it,” she told host Jimmy Fallon. “I was like, I kind of just want to post this picture on my real story. There’s always been speculations, of course, but I was like, I think this is gonna out me.”
“I was like, technically it was a really big risk posting that,” she added. “But if I lost everything that I’ve created because of being myself and because of loving who I want to love, I don’t want it. That’s not what I want if I can’t love who I want to love, that’s one of the most important things to me.”
Everybody say love! Watch Siwa’s GLAAD Media Awards debut in the video below.