GLAAD Media Awards: 'Boy Erased,' 'Pose,' 'Gianni Versace' Among Winners

7:00 PM 5/4/2019

by Kimberly Nordyke

Madonna and Andy Cohen were among the special honorees Saturday night in New York, where 'Boy Erased' and 'Pose' emerged as winners in the film and television categories.

Boy Erased -Lucas Hedges- Focus Features Publicity-H 2019
Courtesy of Focus Features

Hosted by drag queen Shangela, the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday night featured stars of the entertainment industry coming together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and its thriving representation in film and television.

Many guests were seen wearing blue "&" pins representing the visibility and acceptance of minority groups such as Muslims, black Americans, immigrants, people of color and LGBTQ+ members. 

Major winners during the ceremony, held at the New York Hilton Midtown, included Boy Erased for outstanding film in limited release and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story for outstanding TV movie or limited series. 

Also during the ceremony, Madonna was presented with an Advocate for Change award from Anderson Cooper, Rosie O'Donnell and Mykki Blanco. Andy Cohen accepted the Vito Russo award from Sarah Jessica Parker. 

Other winners included Pose for outstanding drama series, presented by Rachel Brosnahan and accepted by creators Ryan Murphy and Steven Canals with cast members including Billy Porter and Janet Mock. Full Frontal With Samantha Bee's "Trans Rights Under Attack" segment was awarded outstanding variety or talk show episode.

"Over the past 30 years, images in media have evolved to celebrate the unique and dynamic stories of LGBTQ people and accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ community,” said GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis. "This year’s award recipients like Pose and Don Lemon showcase what it means to move the needle forward, as they bring diverse and critical LGBTQ stories and issues to the forefront of mainstream media."

At a previous ceremony on March 28 in Los Angeles, GLAAD honored Beyonce and Jay-Z with the Vanguard award and Sean Hayes with the Stephen F. Kolzak award.

Additional winners at the L.A. ceremony included Love, Simon for outstanding film in wide release and Vida for outstanding comedy series.

A full list of winners from the NYC ceremony is below.

  • Outstanding Film - Limited Release

    WINNER Boy Erased (Focus Features)
    1985 (Wolfe Releasing)
    Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight)
    Disobedience (Bleecker Street)
    The Favourite (Fox Searchlight)
    Hearts Beat Loud (Gunpowder & Sky)
    A Kid Like Jake (IFC Films)
    The Miseducation of Cameron Post (FilmRise)
    Saturday Church (Samuel Goldwyn Films)
    We the Animals (The Orchard)

  • Outstanding Drama Series

    WINNER Pose (FX)
    Billions (Showtime)
    Black Lightning (The CW)
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
    Instinct (CBS)
    Shadowhunters (Freeform)
    Star (Fox)
    Supergirl (The CW)
    Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

  • Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series

    WINNER The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX)
    American Horror Story: Apocalypse (FX)
    Life-Size 2 (Freeform)
    Sense8 (Netflix)
    A Very English Scandal (Amazon Prime)

  • Outstanding Kids & Family Programming

    WINNER Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
    Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)
    Andi Mack (The Disney Channel)
    Anne with an E (Netflix)
    She-Ra (Netflix)

  • Outstanding Music Artist

    WINNER Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer (Bad Boy Records)
    Brandi Carlile, By the Way, I Forgive You (Low Country Sound/Elektra)
    Brockhampton, Iridescence (RCA)
    Christine and the Queens, Chris (Because Music)
    Hayley Kiyoko, Expectations (Atlantic)
    Kim Petras, Turn Off the Light, Vol. 1 (BunHead)
    Shea Diamond, Seen It All (Asylum Worldwide)
    Sophie, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides (Future Classics)
    Troye Sivan, Bloom (Capitol Records)
    Years & Years, Palo Santo (Polydor)

  • Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode

    WINNER "Trans Rights Under Attack" Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
    "Mike Pence and A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo" Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
    "NRA Problems, Chicken Bone Problems, Birmingham Problems" Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas (HBO)
    "Troye Sivan Hopes 'Boy Erased' Reaches All Parents" The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
    "Valedictorian Seth Owen" The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)

  • Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine

    WINNER "Conversion Therapy: God Only Knows," CBS Sunday Morning (CBS)
    "Gender: The Space Between," CBS News (CBS)
    "Legacy of Hope," Nightline (ABC)
    "Respect," SC Featured (ESPN)
    "South Texas Pride," [series] KSAT News (KSAT-TV [San Antonio, Texas])

  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment

    WINNER "Same-sex Couple Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling," CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (CNN)
    "Historic Number of LGBTQ Candidates on Ballots This Year," NBC Nightly News (NBC)
    "Mississippi Town Denies Pride Parade," Vice News Tonight (HBO)
    "Olympian Adam Rippon," New Day (CNN)
    "Trump: 'Looking Very Seriously' at Changing Transgender Definition," Velshi & Ruhle (MSNBC)

  • Outstanding Newspaper Article

    WINNER "He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn't Get Disability Insurance." by Donald G. McNeil Jr. (The New York Times)
    "LGBTQ Parents Challenge Stereotypes in China" by Sue-Lin Wong, Jason Lee (Reuters)
    "'More Than Fear': Brazil's LGBT Community Dreads Looming Bolsonaro Presidency" by Marina Lopes (The Washington Post)
    "Pistons' Reggie Bullock to Transgender Community: 'I see y'all as people that I love'" by Malika Andrews (Chicago Tribune)
    "Transgender Students Asked Betsy DeVos for Help. Here's What Happened." by Caitlin Emma (Politico)

  • Outstanding Digital Journalism Article

    WINNER "Bermuda Same-sex Marriage Ban Means Trouble for Tourism and Cruise Ships" by Ryan Ruggiero (
    "Across U.S., LGBTQ Christians Try to Change Hearts and Minds From the Pews" by Julie Compton (
    "Deadnamed" by Lucas Waldron, Ken Schwencke (
    "LGBTQ Caravan Migrants Marry While Waiting for Asylum in Tijuana" by Sarah Kinosian (
    "Workplaces Need to Prepare for the Non-Binary Future" by Samantha Allen (

  • Outstanding Digital Journalism – Video or Multimedia

    WINNER "March for Our Lives and LGBT activism: 'They're definitely linked for me,' says Emma Gonzalez" by Beth Greenfield (Yahoo! Lifestyle)
    "I Was Jailed for Raising the Pride Flag in Egypt" by Amro Helmy (Buzzfeed Video)
    "The Latinx Drag Queens Spearheading HIV Activism on the Border" by Paola Ramos (
    "Marielle and Monica: The LGBT Activists Resisting Bolsonaro's Brazil" by Fabio Erdos, Marina Costa, Charlie Phillips, Jacqueline Edenbrow (
    "Trans Model Aaron Philip is Making a Space for Disabilities on the Runway" (NowThis)

  • Outstanding Blog

    WINNER Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents
    Gays With Kids
    Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
    My Fabulous Disease

  • Outstanding Scripted Television Series (Spanish-Language)

    WINNER Elite (Netflix)
    WINNER Mi marido tiene mas familia (Univision)
    Mi familia perfecta (Telemundo)
    Papa a toda madre (Univision)

  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment (Spanish-Language)

    WINNER "Primera Pareja Gay en Casarse en un Consulado Mexicano" Noticias Telemundo Mediodía (Telemundo)
    "Entrevista con Pat 'Cacahuate' Manuel" NoticiasYa Tampa Bay (Univision)
    "LAFC Pride Republic" Noticiero Univision Los Angeles (Univision)
    "Madre hispana lucha contra un agresivo cáncer seno" Noticias Univision Arizona (Univision)
    "Transpesina" Univision 21 Fresno (Univision)