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Virtual GLAAD Awards to Feature Dolly Parton, Lil Nas X, Dwyane Wade


In lieu of an in-person ceremony, the LGBTQ+ media organization is throwing a star-studded virtual fundraiser.


The GLAAD Media Awards are going digital.

The annual awards show, which honors "media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues," will be hosting a virtual event this year. It will air on GLAAD's Facebook and YouTube July 30 at 8 p.m. Eastern, and Logo TV August 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

The in-person ceremony, split between fundraisers in New York and Los Angeles, was canceled earlier this year due to the health crisis; Taylor Swift and Janet Mock had been the buzzed-about planned celebrity honorees.

The virtual awards, hosted by Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere with a performance by Chloe x Halle, will feature an equally starry lineup. Special guests include Dolly Parton, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, and Lil Nas X.

There will be additional appearances from Pose's cast and producers, Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad), Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart), Lena Waithe (Queen & Slim,Twenties), Jonica T. Gibbs (Twenties), Dan Levy (Schitt's Creek), Rachel Maddow, Ryan O'Connell (Special), transgender model Geena Rocero, Angelica Ross (Pose,American Horror Story), Brian Michael Smith (The L Word: Generation Q), Peppermint (RuPaul's Drag Race), Olivia Wilde (Booksmart), Raquel Willis (director of communications for the Ms. Foundation and former Out executive editor), WWE's Sonya Deville, and comedian Benito Skinner.

The lineup of nominations for this year's GLAAD Media Awards is the biggest and one of the most diverse ever, with 176 nominees in 30 categories, reflecting the expansion in representation of LGBTQ+ people in all types of media. TV nominees include Euphoria, Killing Eve, The L Word: Generation Q, Pose, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dear White People, One Day at a Time, Superstore, Vida, and Tales of the City.

There are also three Special Recognition Awards: for Special, a Netflix short-form coming-of-age comedy series about a gay man with cerebral palsy, created, written, and executive-produced by O'Connell, who also stars; and for LGBTQ+ journalists Karen Ocamb of the Los Angeles Blade and Mark Segal of the Philadelphia Gay News.

Also in the realm of journalism, The Advocate and its sibling publication Out are nominated in the category of Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage. "The Trans Obituaries Project" by Willis is nominated in the category of Outstanding Magazine Article.

"Among this year's nominees are a wide range of stories and narratives about LGBTQ people of different races, ethnicities, genders, religions, and other identities that demonstrate the power of inclusion and diversity in fostering positive cultural change," said GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "As this year's Media Awards go virtual, we hope to send a powerful message to LGBTQ people that in the midst of this culturally and politically divisive time, our visibility and voices have never been more important."

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.