The GLAAD Media Awards which “recognise and honour media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives’ were handed out in Hollywood last night.

Roland Emmerich director of Stonewall received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from Channing Tatum, highlighting those working to eliminate homophobia within the entertainment industry.

It was, however, actress Kerry Washington who had accepted the Vanguard Award from presenter Ellen DeGeneres, a prize handed to a significant ally of the LGBT community who brought the star-studded audience to their feet with her passionate plea for same-sex rights. “We can’t say that we believe in each other’s fundamental humanity and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each others’ existence and the truth of each other’s hearts. We must be allies. And we must be allies in this business because to be represented is to be humanised. And as long as anyone, anywhere is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake and we are all vulnerable.”

The Winners List :
Vanguard Award: Kerry Washington

Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Roland Emmerich

Outstanding Film – Wide Release: The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Drama Series: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)

Outstanding Comedy Series: TRANSPARENT (Amazon Instant Video)

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character): “Identity Crisis” DROP DEAD DIVA(Lifetime)

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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” [series] (Advocate.com)

Outstanding Blog: Autostraddle (autostraddle.com)