GLAAD looks back at the best moments from past GLAAD Media Awards in New York including messages from Rosie O'Donnell, Laverne Cox, Elton John, Janet Mock, Ricky Martin, and Madonna

Last week, GLAAD made the difficult decision to cancel the GLAAD Media Awards in New York this year due to concerns and restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have grown to the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show in the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences globally.

With the New York ceremony originally scheduled for today, GLAAD is honoring this incredible celebration of LGBTQ representation and visibility in media by looking back at some of the best moments from the GLAAD Media Awards in New York from past years.

Today, Variety exclusively shared never-before-seen clips of Elton John accepting the Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2000 and Rosie O’Donnell being honored with the same award in 2003. Check out the clips below:


GLAAD took to Twitter throughout the day to highlight some of the other amazing moments from past GLAAD Media Awards in New York. Check out the full thread here, and some of the best moments below:

Laverne Cox & Janet Mock speak about trans representation in the media at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards in New York:

Ricky Martin accepts the Vito Russo Award at the 2011 GLAAD Media Awards:

Madonna presents Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo Award at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards:

Continue to follow @GLAAD on Twitter throughout the day to see more special moments from past GLAAD Media Awards in New York.