Last night, teens feted some of their favorite things with giant surfboard trophies at the annual Teen Choice Awards on Fox. Since 1999, the awards have honored teen-friendly achievements in fashion, television, music, film and sports as voted by teenagers ages 13 to 19, and this year that included some of the best LGBT performers and storylines in entertainment.
Comedienne, actress and television host Ellen DeGeneres was in attendance with her wife Portia De Rossi and accepted the award for Choice Comedian. Out actress Linda Hunt took home the award in the Choice Television Actress, Action category for her portrayal of Henrietta Lange on NCIS: Los Angeles. Taylor Swift’s single “Mean” was voted Choice Country Single. Her video for the song addresses LGBT bullying. Darren Criss was also among those recognized last night, when he took home the Choice Breakout Star award for his portrayal of Blaine Anderson on Glee.
That’s not the only award Glee received last night, as the inclusive show was voted Choice Comedy. The Choice Drama award was given to Gossip Girl, which featured gay character Eric Van der Woodsen, though it appears he's unlikely to make many appearances in the coming season. The GLAAD Media Awards nominated film Easy A won for Choice Romantic Comedy. In the "summer" categories, Pretty Little Liars was awarded Choice TV Show. The drama airs on ABC Family, which received an “Excellent” rating from GLAAD in this year’s Network Responsibility Index (NRI). Pretty Little Liars features a regular out teenage character, Emily Fields.
Along with MTV, ABC Family is the second network to receive an “Excellent” rating in the NRI. Both networks are geared towards teenage audiences. The inclusive votes cast by 13 to 19-year-olds along with the success of ABC Family further reflect the support of the LGBT community among the people who will shape the country’s future.