Laverne Cox to host #glaadawards in NYC

GLAAD today announced that Emmy Award-winning actress and producer Laverne Cox will host the GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 14, taking place at the Waldorf Astoria New York. GLAAD previously announced that Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored at the event.

"Laverne Cox has been a tireless advocate for LGBT rights and has made a profound difference for transgender visibility," said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO. "We are extremely excited to have her host the GLAAD Media Awards and look forward to the panache and style that only she can bring."

Cox, a longtime friend of GLAAD, famously graced the cover of TIME Magazine in its iconic issue headlined, "The Transgender Tipping Point." In 2014, GLAAD honored Cox with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for her work as an advocate for the transgender community.

GLAAD recently announced that Robert De Niro will be the recipient of the Excellence in Media Award. Additional special guests and honorees for the GLAAD Media Awards in New York will be announced.

In January, GLAAD announced 101 nominees in 20 English-language categories and 46 Spanish-language nominees in 11 categories. Nominees for the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards can be found here:http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/nominees. Several award recipients were announced at the Los Angeles event. A list of award recipients is available here: http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/27/recap. GLAAD presented the Vanguard Award to Demi Lovato and the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to actress Ruby Rose at the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards on April 2 at the Beverly Hilton.

To receive the latest updates on the GLAAD Media Awards, follow @glaad on Twitter and use the hashtag #glaadawards.

The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards corporate partners include Presenting partners Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo; And Official partner Bud Light. GLAAD is also grateful to: Titanium partners Comcast NBCUniversal-Telemundo and Southwest Airlines; Platinum partners Allstate Insurance Company, AT&T, CBS, Disney ABC Television Group, ESPN, Facebook, Hyundai North America, MetLife, Netflix, NBA/WNBA, PwC, Sheppard Mullin, Showtime, Time Warner, and Viacom; Gold partners Deloitte, Edelman, Nielsen, Omnicom Group, UM, Univision, Westfield, and Silver partners Carat, Citi, Coca-Cola, MLB, NFL, Skadden, Starz, TLC, U.S. Bank, and WWE. For a full list of corporate partners and information on how to become a corporate partner, purchase tickets, and place a tribute in the tribute book, please visit http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards.