GLAAD has announced that Emmy Award-winning actress and producer Laverne Cox will host the GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 14, taking place at the Waldorf Astoria New York. GLAAD previously announced that Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored at the event.
“Laverne Cox has been a tireless advocate for LGBT rights and has made a profound difference for transgender visibility,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO. “We are extremely excited to have her host the GLAAD Media Awards and look forward to the panache and style that only she can bring.”
Cox, a longtime friend of GLAAD, famously graced the cover of TIME Magazine in its iconic issue headlined, “The Transgender Tipping Point.” In 2014, GLAAD honored Cox with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for her work as an advocate for the transgender community.
GLAAD recently announced that De Niro will be the recipient of the Excellence in Media Award. Additional special guests and honorees for the GLAAD Media Awards in New York will be announced.
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 can be found here: glaad.org/mediaawards/nominees.
Several award recipients were announced at the Los Angeles event. A list of award recipients is available here: glaad.org/mediaawards/27/recap.
GLAAD presented the Vanguard Award to Demi Lovato and the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to actress Ruby Rose at the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards on April 2 at the Beverly Hilton.