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The comedy show “Schitt’s Creek,” late-night host Lilly Singh, the drama collection “Star Trek: Discovery” and audio artist Sam Smith were being amid the winners at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards ceremony.

The streaming giant Netflix arrived out on leading with a few wins: Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of “The Boys in the Band” gained the award for Outstanding Film-Confined Launch “Disclosure,” about Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people, won the Outstanding Documentary award and “She-Ra & The Princesses of Energy” tied Hulu’s “1st Working day” in the Fantastic Youngsters & Household Programming class.

The LGBTQ advocacy team GLAAD has held the once-a-year event for additional than three many years to honor good, accurate and inclusive representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer men and women in media.

This year’s virtual celebration, hosted by actor Niecy Nash, was streamed on YouTube on Thursday night time. There had been virtually 200 nominees across 28 categories, like Superb New music Artist, Outstanding Movie Recreation and Superb Drama Collection.

“Films and Tv displays are like empathy devices,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis stated for the duration of the ceremony. “What people today see and hear in the media impacts the selections we make in educational institutions, workplaces, dwelling rooms, courtrooms and at the ballot box. It truly is not about shaming or canceling anybody. It is really about working with a instant to teach and develop accountability.”

In addition to celebrating the winners, the ceremony highlighted urgent issues affecting the LGBTQ neighborhood, these kinds of as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, HIV awareness and the epidemic of violence from transgender gals of colour.

“Disclosure” executive producer Laverne Cox despatched a message of hope to the trans community in her acceptance speech.

“We are hunting for men and women to shift further than acceptance to radical acceptance, to radical self-really like,” explained Cox, greatest identified for starring in “Orange Is the New Black.” “To the trans youth seeing appropriate now, we want you to know that you happen to be anointed, that inspite of all of the assaults that could be occurring against you, you are divine. You deserve to be. You are listed here for a purpose. You have to survive to satisfy that divine function.”

Teen YouTube feeling JoJo Siwa, who built headlines this year just after revealing that she is gay, sent a exclusive information to LGBTQ youths prior to presenting the “Sesame Street” puppet Elmo with the award for Exceptional Children’s Programming.

“It can be kind of main that people my age can search at me and say, ‘Hey, I know a person who is LGBTQ, and she’s truly, truly delighted,'” claimed Siwa, 17. “Especially LGBTQ kids who really don’t are living in protected or accepting environments. … I just really feel super honored to have a platform to explain to everybody, ‘Be who you are, adore who you really like, and do it with pleasure.'”

In its annual “Where by We Are on Television” report this year, GLAAD found that LGBTQ visibility has declined by 33 percent on cable, 13 p.c on streaming companies and a minor above 1 p.c on network tv in the recent Tv period. The corporation attributed the declines to output halts thanks to the pandemic.

“We’re hoping that is just a blip and not the beginning of a development,” Ellis explained at the time, suggesting that the lessen overall was mostly because of to much less shows’ becoming manufactured. “The information is much more essential than ever, and it is really acquiring a greater affect than ever. So, for us, we’re thrilled that the fall was not as major as it could have been. But, if all points are equal, then even if the quantity of courses goes down, the illustration shouldn’t.”

Even although total LGBTQ representation was down, the racial diversity of queer people was up: For the initially time in the report’s background, there were being more LGBTQ people of color than white LGBTQ figures on screen, with people of shade generating up 53 % of normal and recurring LGBTQ people on broadcast series, 52 percent on cable displays and 47 % on streaming system originals.

Thursday’s GLAAD Media Awards integrated appearances by Dan Levy, Katy Perry and Wilson Cruz, along with performances by Grammy-nominated rapper Chika, YouTube star Rebecca Black and singer-songwriter Jessica Betts (who married Niecy Nash final calendar year). The forged of “Glee” also virtually reunited for a specific tribute to the late actor Naya Rivera, who played lesbian cheerleader Santana Lopez on the strike Fox demonstrate.

The entire list of GLAAD Media Award winners can be identified on the organization’s internet site, and the ceremony can be viewed on demand on Hulu by June.

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