Washington accepted the Vanguard Award from presenter Ellen DeGeneres, a prize handed to a significant ally of the LGBT community. She joins a prestigious group of former winners includuing
Emmerich received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from
“Transparent” and “How to Get Away with Murder” won best comedy and drama series respectively, with outstanding film going to The Weinstein Company’s “The Imitation Game.”
Read the complete list of 2015 GLAAD Media Awards Winners:
Stephen F. Kolzak Award:
Outstanding Film – Wide Release:
The Imitation Game, The Weinstein Company (accepted by screenwriter Graham Moore and producer Ido Ostrowsky)
Outstanding Drama Series:
How to Get Away with Murder, ABC (accepted by creator Peter Nowalk with stars
Outstanding Comedy Series:
Transparent, Amazon Instant Video (accepted by creator Jill Soloway with stars Amy Landecker,
Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character):
“Identity Crisis, ” Drop Dead Diva, Lifetime
Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series:
“The Normal Heart,” HBO
Outstanding Music Artist:
Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Xtra Mile Recordings
Outstanding Daily Drama:
“Days of Our Lives,” NBC
Outstanding Comic Book:
“Rat Queens,” written by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Image Comics)
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article:
“31 Days of PrEP,” Advocate.com
11 Transgender Stars Weigh In on Trans Images in Entertainment (Exclusive)
In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, GLAAD and TheWrap partner to bring you these takes on representations in TV and Film
Chaz Bono, Transgender advocate, writer and musician
1. What transgender story or character has been particularly meaningful or impactful to you?
"'Boys Don't Cry' was important to me. It was about a year after I saw that film that I started to question my own gender identity. It's a difficult movie to watch, but it was the first image of a transgender man I'd ever seen in the mainstream media. Even though the character wasn't perfect and there was a tragic ending, I could still identify with Brandon. Seeing that film helped me figure out that I was transgender."
2. What is a common stereotype or cliché in stories about transgender people that you never want to see again?
"I'm so tired of seeing TV shows and films where transgender people are either victimized or killers. And too often those characters that are supposed to be transgender don't look or act anything like actual transgender people. People in the entertainment industry who are writing, casting, directing, and acting transgender roles have a responsibility to do their research and make it more realistic."