By Glennisha Morgan

The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards – Los Angeles took place over the weekend. Transgender advocate, actress and producer Laverne Cox received the highest honor of the night, the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page (Juno) presented the Orange Is the New Black star with her award and stated how much of an inspiration she is. During Cox’s acceptance speech she touched on the fact that LGBT people are also people of color and how important social justice is. She encouraged the audience to look at internalized racism, homophobia and transphobia and reflected upon words said by a young person she met during Spirit Day.

“Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor,” Cox said. “So I just want to leave you tonight with Davey’s words and encourage each and every one of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and for each other.” Before Cox left the stage, Page informed her that she had a special surprise. Cox’s mother (all the way from Alabama) then came on stage and gave the award-winning actress a bouquet of flowers.

Before welcoming Ellen Page to the stage, legendary model and producer Naomi Campbell graced the audience with her famous runway walk and showed her support for the LGBT community and diversity in fashion.

“It’s always been a joy to honor and celebrate the LGBT [community]. And tonight, I’m so proud to support GLAAD and all the organization that it does on behalf of the community,” said the executive producer of The Face. “I truly wouldn’t be standing here if it wasn’t for designers, makeup artists, hairdressers, my manicurists. They have all made me all who I am. And of course the efforts [sic] of the conclusion of LGBT are people of color. Of course in my fashion industry the LGBT [community] has held an incredibly profound impact and along with GLAAD I encourage even more diversity in the fashion world. That includes welcoming trans models to the runways.” Campbell then went on to shout out transgender fashions models Lea T and Carmen Carrera.

Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o presented the award for Outstanding Documentary to Shane Bitney Crone, the subject and producer of Bridegroom and to the creators of Call Me Kuchu (the documentaries tied in the category). Nyong’o voiced her excitement to be at the award ceremony and her solidarity with the LGBT community.

“I am very excited to be here with you tonight. I wanted to be here tonight to stand in solidarity with this community and to support GLAAD’s efforts to use the power of the media to create a more accepting and just world,” she said.

Singer, actress and producer Jennifer Lopez received the Vanguard Award, which is presented to sherri-saum-300artists and media professionals who through their work have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. The producer of ABC Family’s The Fosters was presented the award by Rita Moreno. During Lopez’s acceptance speech she thanked GLAAD for honoring The Fosters and shared the struggles that her gay aunt (who the show is inspired by) went through. In addition to Lopez receiving the Vanguard Award for her role in the flourishing television show, The Fosters took home the award for Outstanding Drama Series. The award was accepted by co-creators Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg with stars Sherri Saum (right) and Teri Polo.

ELIXHER will be attending the New York GLAAD Media Awards on May 3 (where we’ve been nominated for Outstanding Blog). Stay tuned for our red carpet coverage. Follow us on social media for realtime updates: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Glennisha Morgan serves as ELIXHER’s Entertainment Editor. She is the founder of The Fembassy (a blog that is solely dedicated to women MCs), a multimedia journalist, photographer and filmmaker. During her career she has interviewed people like Russell Simmons, La La Anthony, MC Lyte, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Laverne Cox, and Marsha Ambrosius. In 2010, Glennisha was featured in BET’s first original music documentary, ‘My Mic Sounds Nice.’

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