VIDEO: Ross Mathews hosts the #glaadawards

Comedian Ross Mathews hosted Saturday's 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. In his remarks he talked about all the progress made to accelerate acceptance of the LGBT community in entertainment and news media, saying "Think about it, when has it been better to be part of the LGBT community? Never! […] The world is changing. We have fought, we have marched, we have vogued and it is working." Take a look at his hilarious opening monologue!

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: http://glaad.org/mediaawards/recap. 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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