The 30th GLAAD Media Awards took place in Los Angeles on Thursday night, celebrating those who have made successful efforts in supporting the LGTBQ+ community in film, television, and beyond.
Ross Mathews hosted the event, which included special guests Allison Janney, Nico Santos, Jameela Jamil and others.
“Queer Eye,” “Love, Simon,” and “Vida” were among the winners of this year’s ceremony, recognized for their truthful on-screen portrayals of queer identities.
Winners in 15 out of 27 categories were announced Thursday night, while the rest will be handed out at a New York ceremony May 4.
Also at the ceremony, Beyoncé and Jay-Z accepted the organization’s Vanguard Award, speaking out for LGBTQ acceptance, while Sean Hayes was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for making a difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance, by Allison Janney.
A choked-up Beyonce thanked her “Uncle Johnny, the most fabulous gay man I’ve ever known” who she credited with helping to raise her and her sisters.
“He lived his truth and he was brave and unapologetic in a time when this country wasn’t as accepting,” she said. “And witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived.”
She said she is hopeful his fight will help encourage young people to live more freely.
“LGBTQI rights are human rights,” she said to cheers from the audience.
Other winners included Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe for best kids and family programming, HBO’s Believer for best documentary and TBS’ The Guest Book for best individual episode in a series without a regular LGBTQ character. The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset won the inaugural award for best video game.
At the event, celebrities sported blue “&” pins for GLAAD’s Together movement — which represents the organizations work on intersectional issues including immigration, racial justice, women’s rights and LGBTQ acceptance.
Rapper and singer Lizzo performed her hit song “Juice.”