Queer Girl Friday: Who Won Big At The 2019 GLAAD Media Awards


I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ on film and TV! Thursday night was the Los Angeles ceremony of the 30th GLAAD Media Awards, which recognizes and honors media for their inclusive representation of the LGBTQIA+ community and LGBTQIA+ issues. From awards acceptance speeches from Sean Hayes, Beyoncé and JAY-Z, to Shangela dancing for Beyoncé, to awards for films like “Love, Simon” and TV shows like “Queer Eye,” “Vida” and “Steven Universe,” the event was a thoughtful, star-studded salute to the LGBTQIA+ community and LGBTQIA+ media. Here are some of the highlights from the rainbow event.

“Queer Eye” Picks Up Reality Gold!

The Fab 5 (minus Karamo, who couldn’t make it) of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” received the award for Outstanding Reality Program, beating out fellow fan-favorite “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Can you believe?! The award is well-deserved, especially in light of “Queer Eye’s” recently released Season 3, which I covered just a couple weeks ago. Check it out here.

Beyoncé and JAY-Z Take Home Vanguard Award

Queen Bey and husband JAY-Z received GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, an award presented annually to members of the entertainer community who does not identify as LGBTQIA+, but have supported LGBTQIA+ equality. Watch clips of Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s acceptance speech above, which featured thanks and praise for several formative LGBTQIA+ figures in both Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s lives, including JAY-Z’s mother and Beyoncé’s Uncle Johnny.

This was the first year a couple was honored, with special introductions from Janet Mock, Lena Waithe, Beyoncé’s stylist Ty Hunter, and…

Shangela Performs Beyoncé Medley…For Beyoncé

Okay, I know she isn’t technically an award winner, but we have to give kudos to Shangela for that stunning Beyoncé medley performance for the queen herself. Could you perform a Beyoncé-inspired tribute for Beyoncé? Because I could never. Watch the performance above.

P.S. Shoutout to Lizzo, who also brought down the house with the live performance of her song “Juice.”

“Love, Simon” Wins For Outstanding Film, Wide Release

Greg Berlanti’s “Love, Simon,” the first film from a major Hollywood studio to center on a gay teen romance, picked up the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film, Wide Release. Based on the book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, the film followed Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), a closeted gay teen trying to balance his family, friends, school, the online relationship with an anonymous classmate he’s secretly fallen for, and a blackmailer attempting to out him to the world.

Starz’s “Vida” Earns Accolade for Outstanding Comedy Series

Starz’s freshman show “Vida” earned the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, beating more established shows like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Modern Family,” “Will & Grace” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” “Vida” follows Mexican-American sisters Lyn and Emma Hernandez (Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada) as they return to their old neighborhood on L.A.’s Eastside to confront their past and learn the truth about their mother’s identity. “Vida’s” second season premieres May 23, so if you want to get into the series, you’ve got time to catch up before Season 2.

Sparkling “Steven Universe” Picks Up Outstanding Kids & Family Programming Gold

“Steven Universe,” which finished its fifth and final season in January, received a rainbow farewell with the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids and Family Programming. The program, the first Cartoon Network show created solely by a woman (Rebecca Sugar), follows Steven Universe, a kid living with the Crystal Gems (magical, humanoid aliens) in the town of Beach City. The show was beloved by queer fans for its canon queer love stories, non-binary characters, and general LGBTQIA+ inclusion; the show also includes discussions about love, friends, family, and the importance of healthy relationships, all set in a fantastical sci-fi world that pulled in a large fan base and much critical acclaim.

Sean Hayes Receives the Stephen F. Kolzak Award

After years and years of playing gay icon Jack McFarlane on “Will & Grace,” Sean Hayes finally received a GLAAD Media Award. The actor and producer received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, an accolade given to an LGBTQIA+ media professional who’s made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQIA+ acceptance, according to Deadline. In a shady and poignant speech, Hayes joked about Mike Pence and Jussie Smollett before praising the namesake of the award, Stephen F. Kolzak, an acclaimed casting director who advocated for LGBTQIA+ and HIV+ folx in the media industry before passing from AIDS at the age of 37.

See the first list of 2019 GLAAD Media Awards winners below. The second group of winners will be announced May 4, during the New York ceremony of the GLAAD Media Awards. The ceremony will be broadcast for the first time on Sunday, May 12 at 8 p.m. on Logo, according to THR.

GLAAD Media Awards Winners (L.A. Ceremony)

  • Vanguard Award: Beyoncé and JAY-Z
  • Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Sean Hayes
  • Outstanding Film – Wide ReleaseLove, Simon
  • Outstanding Comedy SeriesVida
  • Outstanding Reality ProgramQueer Eye
  • Outstanding DocumentaryBeliever
  • Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series w/o a regular LGBTQ character): “Someplace Other Than Here,” The Guest Book
  • Outstanding Kids & Family ProgrammingSteven Universe
  • Outstanding Video GameThe Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset
  • Outstanding Comic BookExit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles
  • Outstanding Magazine Article: “Can a Transgender Woman Get Justice in Texas?” by Nate Blakeslee (Texas Monthly)
  • Outstanding Magazine Overall CoverageVariety
  • Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine (Spanish-Language): “Entrevista con Luis Sandoval para National Coming Out Day” Despierta América (Univision)
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism (Spanish-Language): “Así pinta la televisión hispana a los personajes LGBTQ, una representación preocupante” por Daniel Shoer Roth (ElNuevoHerald.com)
  • Special RecognitionNanette
  • Special RecognitionTransMilitary
  • Special Recognition (Spanish-Language)House of Mamis

Who were you rooting for at the GLAAD Media Awards? Let me know in the comments below!