Last night, teens honored their favorites in pop culture at the annual Teen Choice Awards on Fox. Since their creation in 1999, the awards have honored youth-friendly achievements in television, music, film, sports and fashion as voted by adolescents aged 13 to 19, and this year winners included some of the best LGBT performers and storylines in entertainment.
Comedian, actress and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres walked the pink carpet with wife Portia De Rossi and accepted the surfboard for Choice Comedian. Carly Rae Jepsen’s single“Call Me Maybe” won Choice Summer Song. The video for the hit song gained attention for its surprise gay twist ending. Music group fun., who kicked off this year’s San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards, received Choice Rock Group and Choice Single by a Group for their hit “We Are Young.” Ally and GLAAD Vanguard Award recipient Josh Hutcherson took home Choice Movie Actor: Sci-fi/Fantasy for his work in The Hunger Games and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
Glee won Choice TV Show: Comedy for the second year in a row. Show lead Chris Colfer took home Choice TV Actor: Comedy for his portrayal of gay teen, Kurt Hummel, with co-star Lea Michele winning Choice TV Actress: Comedy. Out actress Linda Hunt received the award in Choice TV Actress: Action for her portrayal of Henrietta Lange on NCIS: Los Angeles.
Pretty Little Liars won the Choice TV Show: Drama category; the series also won Choice TV Actor and Actress in a Drama, Choice TV Villain and Choice Summer TV Star: Female. Pretty Little Liars airs on ABC Family and features a regular out lesbian teenage character, Emily Fields. MTV’s inclusive sci-fi drama Teen Wolf was awarded Choice Summer TV Show and lead Tyler Posey took home Choice Summer TV Star: Male. The series includes recurring gay character Danny played by Keahu Kahuanui.
GLAAD congratulates this year’s LGBT-inclusive winners, industry professionals and allies whose outstanding work allows the stories of the community to be brought to a wide audience. The inclusive votes cast by 13 to 19-year-olds further reflect the support of the LGBT community among the people who will shape the country’s future.