Kelly Ripa, Thomas Roberts, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Sports Illustrated among #glaadawards recipients in New York

Anderson Cooper presented Kelly Ripa with GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award tonight at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Lynda Carter presented GLAAD's Vito Russo Award to out journalist Thomas Roberts.

A complete press release including quotes from the honorees will be posted on Sunday, May 9. Photos and videos from the event will be posted to in coming days. Highlights are available now at

Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday in New York:

  • Vito Russo Award:  Thomas Roberts  (presented by Lynda Carter)
  • Excellence in Media Award:  Kelly Ripa  (presented by Anderson Cooper)
  • Outstanding Talk Show Episode:  "Pepe Julian Onziema" Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)  [accepted by: Ugandan transgender activist Pepe Julian Onziema who accepted on behalf of the show]
  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment:  "Fired for Being Gay?" MSNBC Live (MSNBC)  [accepted by: MSNBC reporter Craig Melvin, and by Latta, S.C. Police Chief Crystal Moore]
  • Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage:  Sports Illustrated  [accepted by: Jason Collins, Michael Sam, and Sports Illustrated Managing Editor Chris Stone]
  • Outstanding Film – Limited Release:  Lilting (Strand Releasing)
  • Outstanding Documentary:  L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin (Showtime)
  • Outstanding Reality Program:  R&B Divas: Atlanta (TV One)
  • Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine:  "Coming Out" Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (Nickelodeon)
  • Outstanding Newspaper Article:  "Longtime Utah LGBT Advocates Recount Brutal History" by Erin Alberty (Salt Lake City Tribune)
  • Outstanding Magazine Article:  "The Transgender Tipping Point" by Katy Steinmetz (Time)
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia:  "Why did the U.S. Lock Up These Women with Men?" by Cristina Costantini, Jorge Rivas, Kristofer Ríos (

GLAAD previously announced that it was acknowledging BioWare's hit video game Dragon Age: Inquisition and the song "Era Diferente" by the legendary Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte with Special Recognition Awards.


  • Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: TIE: "Felipe Najera abre su corazón" Primer Impacto (Univision) and "Orlando Cruz habla de su vida" Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo)
  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment:  "La historia de una [mujer] transexual" Café CNN (CNN en Español)
  • Outstanding Newspaper Article:  "Mamá, soy homosexual dijo Ricardo; su familia no entendió y lo corrió de su casa" by Selene Rivera (Hoy Los Angeles)
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism Article:  "Identidades invisibles" [serie] by Marcos Billy Guzmán (
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia:  "¿Que es ENDA?" by Cary Tabares (

Comedian Ross Mathews hosted the event. Out country singer Ty Herndon performed with Antigone Rising's Kristen Henderson and guitarist Anita Cochran. Other guests included: Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Trace Lysette (Transparent); Rupert Friend (Homeland) and fiancé Aimee Mullins; Jonathan Groff (Looking); Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Jackie Cruz (Orange Is the New Black); Janet Mock (So Popular!); Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt); Mark Consuelos (Alpha House); Rachael Harris (Suits) and her fiancé Christian Hebel; Karla Mosley, Scott T. Schofield, Crystal Chappell (The Bold and the Beautiful); out NBA player Jason Collins; out football player Michael Sam and fiancé Vito Cammisano; Craig Melvin (MSNBC Live) and wife Lindsay Czarniak (SportsCenter); Alicia Menendez (Alicia Menendez Tonight); models Andreja Pejić, Carmen Carrera, Rain Dove, Josephine Skriver, Cory Wade; Monifah Carter and her wife Terez Thorpe (R&B Divas: Atlanta); recording artist Maya Vik; Terry Artis, Jonathan Bodrick, Brandon Hood, JJ Langan, Devin Stokes, Kristen Brown (B.O.R.N. to Style); Josh Canfield, Reed Kelly (Survivor); Louise Sorel (Days of Our Lives); Sam Champion (The Weather Channel); out WWE wrestler Darren Young; designer Mitchell Gold; John Gidding, Theodore Leaf, Rob Younkers (Secret Guide to Fabulous); and GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

The GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles were held on March 21 at the Beverly Hilton. For video, photos, and more, visit: The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo; and Official Presenting Partners Amazon and Bud Light.