Laverne Cox & Sam Feder send powerful message to trans youth during acceptance speech at the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards: "Despite all of the attacks that might be happening against you, you are divine"

During the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday, Sterling K. Brown presented the award for Outstanding Documentary to Disclosure. Laverne Cox and director Sam Feder accepted the award on behalf of the documentary, which explores over 100 years of history of transgender representation in TV and film.

Watch Laverne and Sam’s acceptance speech below:

When presenting the award, Sterling K. Brown said: “Friends, I’m so proud to stand with the LGBTQ community tonight, just as the LGBTQ community stands with Black and diverse communities. Black Lives Matter, Black Trans Lives Matter, and I know we’re going to keep spreading that message of unity and justice until every one of us is safe to live the lives we love.”

During her acceptance speech, Laverne Cox said: “We are looking for people to move beyond acceptance to radical acceptance, to radical self-love. To the trans youth watching right now, we want you to know that you're anointed, that despite all of the attacks that might be happening against you, you are divine. You deserve to be. You are here for a reason. You must survive to fulfill that divine purpose. I love you!”

During the virtual ceremony, Sam Smith also accepted the award for Outstanding Music Artist, Schitt’s Creek received the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for a second year in a row, Star Trek: Discovery won for Outstanding Drama Series, Happiest Season took home the award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release, The Boys in the Band received the award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release, We’re Here won for Outstanding Reality Program, The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo took home the award for Outstanding Children’s Programming, and “Lilly Responds to Comments About Her Sexuality,” a segment of Lilly Singh’s late-night talk show A Little Late With Little Singh, won for for Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode. Prior to the virtual ceremony, GLAAD announced the winners of the remaining GLAAD Media Awards categories on Twitter. Check out the full list of winners here.

Watch the ceremony for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on GLAAD's YouTube here. The ceremony is also available to stream on-demand on Hulu now until the end of June. For a full recap of the ceremony's appearances, performances, and acceptance speeches, click here.

The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show in the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences globally.

The 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Gilead, Hyundai, and Ketel One Family Made Vodka. GLAAD is also grateful to: Major Sponsors Google and YouTube; Official Sponsor TikTok; Titanium Sponsors Bud Light, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, Disney, Facebook, HBO Max, Omnicom, Sony Music Group, and Starz; Platinum Sponsors Amazon Studios, Facet Records, Hallmark Channel, MGM/Orion Pictures, Netflix, Sheppard Mullin, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Viacom CBS; and Gold Sponsors Edelman, Ketchum, Nickelodeon, and Sephora. Special thanks to Kevin Burke & Jeff Ferguson.