From global superstar allies like Jennifer Lopez and Naomi Campbell to out trailblazers like Laverne Cox and Ross Mathews, the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards celebrated its 25th anniversary in Los Angeles on Saturday with a wide variety of soldiers in the battle for LGBT equality.
A joyful energy flowed through the lobby of Beverly Hills’s landmark Beverly Hilton hotel from the moment the first attendees began to arrive. Celebrity guests shined on the red carpet as they shared personal stories of celebration for the progress that has been made, hopes for the future, and the continued importance of positive depictions of LGBT people in all forms of media.
On the first trans image in media that positively impacted her:
“Seeing Candis Cayne in 2007 as the first trans woman to have a reoccurring role on a prime-time TV series in Dirty Sexy Money was such an impactful moment for me. After that moment I did a mass mailing, I got an agent, and soon I booked my first appearance on Law & Order. I didn’t believe it was possible before Candis. Because of her, I started to believe, and I wouldn’t be here today without her.”