‘Orange is the New Black,’ George Takei honored at GLAAD Media Awards

OITNB cast at NYC GLAAD Media Awards

“Orange is the New Black” cast at the NYC GLAAD Media Awards. (L-R) Laura Prepon, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Natasha Lyonne, Samira Wiley, Sarah Kate Ellis, Selenis Leyva, Dascha Polanco, Laverne Cox, Emma Myles and Alysia Reiner.


The New York celebration for the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards was held Saturday night, with Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and actor and LGBT activist George Takei among the honorees.

Comedian Fortune Feimster hosted the event which featured performances by Kylie Minogue and Grammy-winning country artist Kasey Musgraves. Musgraves’ appearance marked the first time a country star performed at the ceremony.

George Takei received the Vito Russo award which is presented to an openly gay media professional for promoting equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. “Orange is the New Black,” a Netflix original series based loosely on the book of the same name by Piper Kerman and documenting life at a women’s prison, was named outstanding comedy series.

Honorees at the event included:

Vito Russo Award
George Takei

Outstanding Film – Limited Release
Concussion” (RADiUS-The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Comedy Series
Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“Snow Angels” Elementary(CBS)

Outstanding Film – Wide Release
“Philomena” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Talk Show Episode
“First Openly Gay NBA Player Jason Collins and his Family” Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN)

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine
“Transgender at 11: Listening to Jazz” 20/20 (ABC)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment
“Gay Rights at Work” MSNBC Live (MSNBC)

Outstanding Magazine Article
“The Hidden War Against Gay Teens” by Alex Morris (Rolling Stone)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage
The New Yorker

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article
“Sex, Lies and HIV: When What You Don’t Tell Your Partner is a Crime” by Sergio Hernandez (Buzzfeed.com/ProPublica.org)

Outstanding Blog
The New Civil Rights Movement

Kasey Musgraves performs her hit song “Follow Your Arrow”

Boy George introduces gay icon Kylie Minogue

George Takei receives the Vito Russo Award

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