GLAAD Media Awards in NYC Canceled Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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As the coronavirus continues to rapidly spread, more and more large-scale gatherings have been canceled in order to keep the public safe. The latest to pull the plug on their event is the GLAAD Media Awards, which were scheduled to take place on March 19 in New York City.

The news comes following NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's update on COVID-19 Wednesday morning. In a statement announcing the cancellation, Rich Ferraro, GLAAD's chief communications officer and an executive producer of the GLAAD Media Awards noted that "We were planning to unveil a historic get-out-the-vote campaign at the event because everything is at stake for LGBTQ Americans this election year, and are hopeful that the program and GLAAD’s ongoing work to fight against anti-LGBTQ discrimination will continue to be supported and funded. Since the event is canceled, our advocacy work will experience a loss of funding and we encourage community members and allies to consider becoming a GLAAD member to ensure this work continues."

Ferraro also explained that "we will be in touch with nominees shortly with plans for how award categories scheduled for the New York show will be announced, acknowledging that a GLAAD Media Award nomination or win can raise the bar for LGBTQ representation and serve as a catalyst for media executives to greenlight additional LGBTQ projects."

The award show, hosted by Lilly Singh, was scheduled to honor Ryan Murphy and Judith Light, with performances by Adam Lambert and Ben Platt. At the time of publication, the April 16 ceremony in Los Angeles is still happening.