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Kerry Washington was among the honorees at GLAAD’s Los Angeles edition of the 26th annual Media Awards, held Saturday at the Beverly Hilton.
Scandal star Washington received the Vanguard Award for supporting the LGBT community, with the prize presented by Ellen DeGeneres.
“We need more diverse LGBT representation [in the media],” Washington said during her acceptance speech. “And this is big — we need more employment of LGBT people, in front of and behind the camera.”
Washington said that she doesn’t understand when black people tell her they don’t believe in gay marriage, as she feels that the LGBT community’s current struggles mirror the battle faced by interracial couples 30 years ago.
“We can’t say that we believe in each other’s fundamental humanity and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each other’s existence and the truth of each other’s hearts,” she said.
Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, whose forthcoming drama Stonewall centers on the Stonewall riots staged by New York’s gay community in 1969, picked up the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from presenter Channing Tatum. The award honors those who strive to get rid of homophobia in Hollywood.
ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder was named outstanding drama series, Amazon’s Transparent picked up the prize for outstanding comedy series and The Imitation Game was selected in the outstanding film category.
In other categories, HBO’s The Normal Heart was honored for outstanding TV series or miniseries, Days of Our Lives picked up the award for outstanding daily drama, Against Me! was named outstanding music artist and the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva earned the prize for outstanding individual episode in a series without a LGBT character for “Identity Crisis.”
The New York leg of the awards ceremony takes place May 9 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Video of Washington’s speech can be seen below.
March 22, 9:15 a.m. Updated to include Washington’s speech.
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