Marvel congratulates "Young Avengers" on GLAAD Media Award win

Marvel released a statement of congratulations to the creators of the most recent series of Young Avengers on receiving the award for Outstanding Comic Book at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  The series came from creative team Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles, and featured several gay and bisexual characters. 

Writer Kieron Gillen reacted to the award by saying "With Young Avengers, thanks to the work of Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung in its creation, we had an incredible opportunity to push these themes even more prominently.  The response from the people who the book spoke to has been absolutely humbling. Receiving the award continues that particular theme. We're both lucky and grateful."

The book features longtime, gay couple Wiccan and Hulkling, who have been part of the Young Avengers team through just about every iteration, including previous GLAAD Media Award nominees Young Avengers Presents and Avengers: The Children's Crusade.  The latest series written by Gillen also introduced several more bisexual characters, including Prodigy and Miss America.

The series has been collected into three trades, which can be purchased in both digital and paper editions.

Other nominees in the category included Life With Archie, Husbands, Marvel's The Fearless Defenders, and previous winner Batwoman.

Special guests at the Los Angeles show included:  Rita Moreno who presented the Vanguard Award to Jennifer Lopez. Ellen Page who presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Laverne Cox. Norman Lear received the Pioneer Award. Manny de Guerre, LGBT advocate from Russia, received the International Advocate for Change Award. Other guests included:  Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave); Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory); Naomi Campbell (The Face); Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black); Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey); Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart; Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle); James Frain (Intruders); Alex Newell (Glee); Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries); Ross Mathews (Hello Ross); Maria Menounos (Chasing Maria Menounos); Sherri Saum, Teri Polo, Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg (The Fosters); Lucas Neff (Raising Hope); Meghan McCain (Take Part Live); singer Debby Boone; Caitlin Stasey (Please Like Me); Luke Newberry (In the Flesh); author and transgender advocate Chaz Bono; Shane Bitney Crone, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Bridegroom); Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, John "Longjones" Abdallah Wambere (Call Me Kuchu); Charlie Condou (Coronation Street); Sophie Ward (Jane Eyre); Pratibha Parmar (Nina's Heavenly Delights); Jill Soloway, Amy Landecker, Ian Harvie (Transparent); Kate Mansi, Guy Wilson (Days of Our Lives); trans advocates Calpernia Addams, Andrea James; Husbands creators Brad Bell, Jane Espenson; comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer; trans model Carmen Carrera; trans singer Our Lady J; GLAAD National Spokespersons, Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr., and GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis.  DJ Tracy Young was the guest DJ at the after-party.

Photos and videos are available here.

Additional awards will be presented in New York City on May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria, tickets are available now.

The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka, Wells Fargo, and Hilton Worldwide. The Los Angeles event is presented locally by Delta Air Lines and Bud Light.

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