VIDEO: GLAAD national board of directors co-chair Jennifer Finney Boylan shares moving story of acceptance at #glaadawards

While introducing Transparent stars Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor at Saturday's 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, and in celebration of Mother's Day, co-chair of GLAAD's National Board of Directors and transgender advocate Jennifer Finney Boylan shared her very moving coming out story with the audience. Watch her powerful remarks:

"There I was, in the house I’d grown up in, coming out as transgender to my eighty-five year old mother, an evangelical Christian, a Republican, a nice suburban lady who did needlepoint and drove a Lexus," Boylan shared with the crowd. "Later that night, as I headed for bed, she kissed me and said, 'You know, you need to tell the story. Because I’ve always believed, it’s impossible to hate anyone whose story you know.'”

Boylan introduced Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light, who presented the award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage. Take a look:

At the event, Anderson Cooper presented the Excellence in Media Award to Kelly RipaLynda Carter presented the Vito Russo Award to journalist Thomas Roberts. 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 TamborJudith LightTrace 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 HebelKarla MosleyScott T. SchofieldCrystal Chappell (The Bold and the Beautiful); out NBA playerJason Collins; out football player Michael Sam and fiancé Vito CammisanoCraig Melvin (MSNBC Live) and wife Lindsay Czarniak (SportsCenter); Alicia Menendez (Alicia Menendez Tonight); models Andreja PejićCarmen CarreraRain DoveJosephine SkriverCory WadeMonifah Carter and her wife Terez Thorpe (R&B Divas: Atlanta); recording artistMaya VikTerry ArtisJonathan BodrickBrandon HoodJJ LanganDevin Stokes,Kristen Brown (B.O.R.N. to Style); Josh CanfieldReed Kelly (Survivor); Louise Sorel (Days of Our Lives); Sam Champion (The Weather Channel); out WWE wrestler Darren Young; designer Mitchell GoldJohn GiddingTheodore LeafRob Younkers (Secret Guide to Fabulous); and GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

The Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards 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.

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