The transgender community was well represented. Report by Holly Summer for TG Reporter.com
Dazzlingly glamorous and beautiful stars came out to celebrate the best in LGBT media at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Awards at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel on Saturday night.
The trans community was well represented at the event hosted by Glee stars Naya Rivera (photo left) and Cory Monteith.
Such important names as former America’s Next Top Model contestant Isis King, groundbreaking mainstream tran-actress Jamie Clayton (both seen photo lower right), award-winning trans filmmaker, Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) and performance poet Kit Yan all came to lend their support for the LGBT arts and echo the ongoing theme of projects promoting the notion of everyone finding comfort in one’s true self.
“It’s important for all of us to be here to celebrate these kinds of projects, tell our own stories and let people know there are other people out there that they can relate to and learn from,” said the FTM poet Yan who is currently on a national tour telling stories of his own experience,and was previously featured in the HBO Documentary Asians Aloud..
And many of those in attendance have stories that can provide real-life solutions to the trans audience. “I’m a trans plastic surgeon and I think it’s important that people know that there are people like me to help them through their transition and let them know what sort of options are available to them,” said Dr. Christine McGinn, who was nominated for an award for her appearance on the Anderson Cooper show.
“I think there are few things that deserve our support as much as GLAAD,” said a busy, but still breathtaking Isis King who is readying a new show of her own, while working on feature films.
"The events, which help fund GLAAD's storytelling and media advocacy work, not only celebrate and recognize the best of the best in LGBT-inclusive journalism, film, music, television, and more; they also serve as a benchmark for the media industry, helping to improve representation and inspire more thoughtful depictions of the LGBT community throughout the year," said GLAAD’s acting president Mike Thompson.
Awards were handed out in a number of categories including Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage, won by The Advocate/Out, Outstanding Music Artist, won by Lady Gaga for her album "Born This Way," and Outstanding Talk Show Episode, won by "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for the episode "Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests."
“This is a spectacular event and I’m glad that I can be a part of it,” said Broadway and film icon Bernadette Peters who has long been an advocate of LGBT rights. She’s currently starring in SMASH which features gay themes and characters. “I’ve always tried to do work to call attention to the people and issues that need it. So does this event. “