As the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards, kicked of in L.A, those in support of equality were present and honored for their efforts! Transgender ‘Orange Is the New Black’ actress Laverne Cox was honored with flowers on stage during her speech and stated ‘“We are not programmed to think we should receive these kind of awards, but I’d like to think that things are changing.”
Jennifer Lopez was honored with the Vanguard Award, and was appreciated by actress/singer Rita Moreno for Lopez’s efforts in embracing the first openly gay American idol contestant.
“It’s ironic that Jennifer Lopez has been so successful as a judge on ‘American Idol’ because the woman in real life does not judge,” said Moreno.
Lopez accepted the award yet expressed her hesitance on playing the role of a Lesbian woman, in a relationship, raising both their children and kids they have adopted, in ‘Fosters’.
“I asked myself, do I do this or do I not do this,” said Lopez. “I’m not going to lie to you. Being in the media, being in the public eye is a bitch sometimes and sometimes you don’t feel like getting beat up that day.”
Ellen Page spoke for the first time since coming out about her sexuality, on Valentine’s day and said:
““Many of you know that I officially came out on Valentines Day,” said Page. “One of the best things about it was the way it enabled me to publicly show support for the people who inspire me and give me courage.”