April 3, 2016

Seth Adam
Director of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8018

Matt Goodman
Associate Director of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8028

Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas, Lilly Wachowski, Queen Latifah among special guests

Bessie, Sense8, I Am Cait, I Am Jazz among award recipients at Los Angeles event, where Demi Lovato delivered special surprise performance

Airing exclusively on Logo, April 4 at 10PM ET/PT

Los Angeles – GLAAD, the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, honored Demi Lovato, Ruby Rose, and the best in film and television at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas, Patricia Arquette, Queen Latifah, Lilly Wachowski, and Caitlyn Jenner were among the special guests. Multi-platinum selling recording artist Demi Lovato delivered a powerful special surprise performance of “Stone Cold” from her fifth studio album, Confident. The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo.

Photographs and video from the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles may be found immediately at and

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for acceptance.

The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will air exclusively on Logo on Monday, April 4 at 10:00 pm ET/PT. In addition to acceptance speeches and all of the night’s biggest moments, Carson Kressley will host Logo’s special coverage and backstage interviews with award recipients. John Gidding and Raymond Braun, creator of Instagram’s first LGBT video channel #VisibleMe, will bring viewers exclusive access inside the event as well as celebrity arrivals on the red carpet.

At the ceremony, Nick Jonas presented Demi Lovato with GLAAD's Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.

Accepting the award, Lovato said, “I always knew that if I ever made it as a singer that I needed to use my voice for so much more than just singing.” She continued, “I always want [people] to know you should always love yourself for who you are … You can do it. Have no fear.”

Also at the event, surprise guest Taylor Swift presented actress Ruby Rose with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance.

In her acceptance speech, Rose said, "Slowly but surely, year after year, I’ve watched the world change, and it’s evolving. And we’ve come such a long way. And that is because of GLAAD. GLAAD was there pushing the studios to do better, demanding that the LGBT community be represented.” She continued, “I’m just so blessed to have experienced both sides of this journey. To have searched endlessly for…someone I can relate to on TV – and then coming full circle and being in a show that I know has done the same thing for so many people.” Rose added, “I truly understand how important it is that we are not invisible. That young people everywhere can turn to the media and be included. Not treated like they do not or should not exist.”

Derek Hough and NeNe Leakes presented awards for Outstanding Reality Program to both I Am Cait and I Am Jazz. Jazz Jennings accepted the award for TLC's I Am Jazz, surrounded by her family. Caitlyn Jenner accepted the award for E!'s I Am Cait, and was joined onstage by several cast members from the show, as well as Executive Producer Andrea Metz and E! SVP of Original Programming and Development, Jeff Olde.

Zendaya and Troye Sivan, this year’s GLAAD Media Award recipient for Outstanding Music Artist, presented the award for Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series to HBO’s Bessie. Queen Latifah, the star of Bessie, accepted on the film's behalf.

Stars of Fox’s hit series Scream Queens Lea Michele and Keke Palmer presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series to Netflix's Sense8. Co-creator Lilly Wachowski accepted on behalf of the show, making her first public appearance since announcing her transition in March.

Jaime Camil and Diego Boneta presented the award for Outstanding Spanish-Language Television Interview to CNN en Espanol’s Realidades en Contexto. Accepting for the show were anchor Mercedes Soler and Marcos Saldivar, who was featured in the interview.

GLAAD previously announced that it was acknowledging two web series, Beautiful As I Want To Be ( and This is Me (Amazon Instant Video), with Special Recognition Awards.

Nick Jonas presented the Vanguard Award to Demi Lovato. Taylor Swift presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Ruby Rose. Comedian Ross Mathews hosted the event. Guests included: Patricia Arquette (Boyhood); Queen Latifah (Bessie); Lilly Wachowski (Sense8); Caitlyn Jenner, Jenny Boylan, Candis Cayne, Zackary Drucker, Ella Giselle, Chandi Moore (I Am Cait); Jazz Jennings and her family (I Am Jazz); recording artist Troye Sivan; Jill Soloway, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Alexandra Billings, Rhys Ernst, Trace LysetteOur Lady J, Silas Howard, Rain Valdez (Transparent); Peter Paige, Teri Polo, Sherri Saum (The Fosters); Elliot Fletcher, Michael J. Willett (Faking It); Daniel Franzese (Looking); Scott Turner Schofield (The Bold and The Beautiful); Tig Notaro (Tig);  Jaime Camil (Jane The Virgin); Diego Boneta, Lea Michele, Keke Palmer (Scream Queens); Lena Waithe, Kelvin Yu (Master of None); Joel McKinnon Miller (Brooklyn Nine-Nine); Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries); Zendaya (K.C. Undercover); Matthew Daddario, Harry Shum Jr. (Shadowhunters); Wilson Cruz (Red Band Society); Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles); Garcelle Beauvais (Grimm); Michael Harney (Orange Is the New Black); Sophie Ward (Heartbeat); Adrian Clemons, Kentrell Collins, Kareem Davis, Jerel Maddox, Tim Smith (The Prancing Elites Project); Bambiana, Bionka, LA, Nya, Xristina (Transcendent); Derek Hough (Dancing with the Stars); NeNe Leakes (Fashion Police); Paula Abdul (So You Think You Can Dance); TV personality Carson Kressley; stylist Brad Goreski; Gary Janetti (Vicious); Mercedes Soler (Realidades en Contexto); Robert Levine, Jonathan Steinberg (Black Sails); Sanaa Hamri (Empire); John Gidding (Secret Guide to Fabulous); Stephen Guarino (Dr. Ken); Jonathan Bennett, Adam Senn, Brent Antonello, James LaRosa (Hit the Floor); fashion designer August Getty; celebrity blogger Perez Hilton; out NFL player Michael Sam; former WNBA player and advocate Chamique Holdsclaw; recording artist Neil Amin-Smith; Jen Richards, Angelica Ross (Her Story); Carmen Carrera (Couples Therapy); model and advocate Geena Rocero; actor and trans advocate Nicole Maines; GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday in Los Angeles.  Additional awards will be presented in New York at the Waldorf Astoria on May 14.

  • Vanguard Award:  Demi Lovato (presented by Nick Jonas)
  • Stephen F. Kolzak Award:  Ruby Rose (presented by Taylor Swift)
  • Outstanding Reality Program: TIE: I Am Cait (E!) and I Am Jazz (TLC) [accepted by: Caitlyn Jenner and Jazz Jennings]
  • Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series: Bessie (HBO) [accepted by: Queen Latifah]
  • Outstanding Drama Series: Sense8 (Netflix) [accepted by: Lilly Wachowski, co-creator of Sense8]
  • Outstanding Spanish-Language Television Interview: "Orientación sexual y acoso escolar" Realidades en Contexto (CNN en Español) [accepted by: CNN en Español anchor Mercedes Soler and Marcos Saldivar]
  • Outstanding Film Wide Release:  Carol (The Weinstein Company)
  • Outstanding Comedy Series:  Transparent (Amazon Instant Video)
  • Outstanding Documentary:  "Kumu Hina" Independent Lens (PBS)
  • Outstanding Daily Drama:  The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)
  • Outstanding Music Artist:  Troye Sivan, Blue Neighbourhood (Capitol Records)
  • Outstanding Comic Book:  Lumberjanes, written by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (BOOM! Studios)
  • Outstanding Talk Show Episode:  "Janet Mock" Super Soul Sunday (OWN)  


  • Outstanding Novela:  Rastros de mentiras (MundoMax)
  • Outstanding Music Artist:  Ricky Martin, A quien quiera escuchar (Sony Music Latin)
  • Outstanding Local Television Interview:  "La nueva transgeneración" Enfoque Los Ángeles (KVEA-Telemundo 52 [Los Ángeles])
  • Outstanding Local TV Journalism:  "Cada 29 horas" Noticias 19 (KUVS-Univision 19 [Sacramento])
  • Outstanding Newspaper Article:  "Padres transgénero - El único requisito para ser papá es el amor por los hijos" por Virginia Gaglianone (La Opinión)
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Perú: violaciones correctivas: El terrible método para 'curar' a las lesbianas" por Leire Ventas (

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 may be found here:

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

The New York GLAAD Media Awards ceremony will take place on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

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.