Last night (April 12), celebs like Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Halle Berry, Rachel Bloom and Ryan Murphy gathered at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The ceremony featured a performance by Superfruit, a quick kiss between out Olympians Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy and a surprise appearance from the cast of the upcoming Broadway production of Boys in the Band.
“A lot of media don’t know exactly how to to approach the LGBTQ community and it’s great to have GLAAD that can educate them and create these media guides,” Superfruit and Pentatonix singer Scott Hoying told Billboard.
“I think it’s incredibly important to be visible in this political environment we’re living in, and that’s why these awards are so important,” GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis said. “They draw visibility and they’re a big media platform for the challenges our community is seeing right now. And we’re seeing challenges now we haven’t seen in over a decade.”
“It’s so inspiring to see such strong, smart, beautiful people setting such a positive example for young people,” added pop singer Betty Who, who later performed at the event’s after-party. The evening featured powerful acceptance speeches from honorees and winners, including Lena Waithe, Jim Parsons and Britney Spears.
Spears, who received the Vanguard Award — which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people — highlighted the unwavering support from her fanbase during her heartfelt speech.
“I feel like our society has always put such an emphasis on what’s ‘normal’ and to be different is unusual or seen as strange,” she said. “But to be accepted unconditionally and to be able to express yourself as an individual through art is such a blessing.”
Logo will broadcast the awards on Wednesday, April 18 at 8pm ET/PT.