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Oprah Winfrey and Niecy Nash-Betts to be honored at L.A. GLAAD Media Awards

Oprah Winfrey will receive GLAAD’s Vanguard Award for championing allyship and making a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people and issues. Niecy Nash-Betts will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which goes to an out LGBTQ person who raises visibility for LGBTQ people and issues.

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced that global media leader, producer, philanthropist, actress and author Oprah Winfrey will receive GLAAD’sVanguard Award and Emmy Award®-winning actress and producer Niecy Nash-Betts will receive the Stephen F.Kolzak Award, which goes to members of the LGBTQ community, at the 35th AnnualGLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

Hosted by Wayne Brady, special guests include: Alexandra Shipp (Anyone But You), Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls, Looking), Heather Dubrow (The Real Housewives of Orange County), Jason Sudeikis, and the cast from Ted Lasso, Jonathan Bailey (Fellow Travelers), Matt Bomer (Fellow Travelers), Meredith Marks (The RealHousewives of Salt Lake City), Michaela Jaé Rodriguez (Loot), Michelle Visage (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Victoria Monét (3x Grammy-Winning Artist), the cast from RuPaul’sDrag Race, and Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist nominee David Archuleta will perform at the official GLAAD Media Awards After-Party.

GLAAD’s Vanguard Award is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people and issues. Previous honorees include Bad Bunny, Beyoncé and JAY-Z, JenniferLopez, Britney Spears, Kerry Washington, Cher, Janet Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor,Kacey Musgraves and Antonio Banderas.

GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award is presented to a LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in raising visibility and promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people and issues. It is named in honor of the Los Angeles casting director who devoted the last part of his life to fighting homophobia and HIV stigma within the entertainment industry. Previous recipients of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award include: Jeremy Pope, Laverne Cox, Wanda Sykes, Jim Parsons, Ruby Rose, Chaz Bono, Melissa Etheridge, Ellen DeGeneres, MichaelaJae Rodriguez and more.

The 35th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles is presented by Gilead Sciences, Google Pixel and Hyundai Motor America, with Major Sponsor, Hornitos Tequila, Official Sponsors Delta Air Lines and Sony Music Group. The 35th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Los Angeles official after-party musical performance by David Archuleta is presented by Hyundai Motor America.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. Since its inception in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show and fundraiser in the world, sending powerful messages of acceptance to audiences globally.

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