GLAAD Media Awards presenters support transgender athletes

This image released by Pop TV shows, from left, Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Dan Levy from the series "Schitt's Creek." The program received the GLAAD award for Outstanding Comedy Series. (Pop TV via AP)
This image released by Pop TV shows, from left, Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara and Dan Levy from the series "Schitt's Creek." The program received the GLAAD award for Outstanding Comedy Series. (Pop TV via AP)

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“The Boys in the Band” and “Star Trek: Discovery” were among the winners at the 32nd GLAAD Media Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Schitt’s Creek” and “The Boys in the Band” were winners at the GLAAD Media Awards, which included soccer’s Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger calling for transgender students to be accepted as “part of the team” in sports.

Harris and Krieger, spouses who play for the Orlando Pride and were on the 2019 World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national team, presented an award in Thursday's virtual ceremony to the film “Happiest Season,” about a lesbian romance.

The couple drew attention to transgender athletes amid widespread efforts to restrict their participation, including a recently signed Mississippi bill that bans them from competing on girls or women’s sports teams. It becomes law July 1.

“Trans students want the opportunity to play sports for the same reason other kids do: to be a part of a team where they feel like they belong,” Krieger said.

Added Harris: “We shouldn’t discriminate against kids and ban them from playing because they’re transgender.”

“Star Trek: Discovery,” “I May Destroy You” and “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” were among the other projects honored in the pre-taped ceremony hosted by Niecy Nash. It's available on Hulu through June.

The GLAAD awards, in their 32nd year, recognize what the media advocacy organization calls “fair, accurate, and inclusive” depictions of LGBTQ people and issues. Presenters and winners in this year's event highlighted priorities including the importance of solidarity and self-respect.

"Friends, I'm so proud to stand with the LGBTQ community tonight, just as the LGBTQ community stands with Black and diverse communities," said Sterling K. Brown, who presented the outstanding documentary award to "Disclosure."

The “This Is Us” star, citing the Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives Matter movements, said that “we’re going to keep spreading that message of unity and justice until every one of us is safe to live the lives we love.”

JoJo Siwa, the teenage YouTube personality and performer, presented the award for outstanding children's programming to "The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo." She said in January that she's part of the LGBTQ community.

“I have the best, most amazing, wonderful girlfriend in the entire world who makes me so, so, so happy and that’s all that matters,” Siwa said. ”It’s really cool that kids all around the world who look up to me can now see that loving who you want to love is totally awesome” and should be celebrated.

Other awards went to Sam Smith, who was honored as outstanding music artist for the album “Love Goes”; Chika, named breakthrough music artist for “Industry Games,” and “We’re Here" won outstanding reality program.

Cast members from “Glee,” including Chris Colfer, Amber Riley and Jane Lynch, paid tribute to Naya Rivera and her character in the series, gay cheerleader Santana Lopez. Rivera, 33, died in an accidental drowning in July 2020.

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FILE - Sam Smith arrives at Jingle Ball in Inglewood, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2019. Smith received the GLAAD award for Outstanding Music Artist. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - Sam Smith arrives at Jingle Ball in Inglewood, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2019. Smith received the GLAAD award for Outstanding Music Artist. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

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This image released by Netflix shows Laverne Cox in a scene from "Disclosure," Sam Feder's documentary that surveys trans representation in film and TV. The film took home the GLAAD award for Outstanding Documentary. (Ava Benjamin Shorr/Netflix via AP)
This image released by Netflix shows Laverne Cox in a scene from "Disclosure," Sam Feder's documentary that surveys trans representation in film and TV. The film took home the GLAAD award for Outstanding Documentary. (Ava Benjamin Shorr/Netflix via AP)

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This image released by Hulu shows Kristen Stewart, left, and Mackenzie Davis in a scene from "Happiest Season." The film took home the GLAAD award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release. (Jojo Whilden/Hulu via AP)
This image released by Hulu shows Kristen Stewart, left, and Mackenzie Davis in a scene from "Happiest Season." The film took home the GLAAD award for Outstanding Film - Wide Release. (Jojo Whilden/Hulu via AP)

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This image released by Paramount Plus shows, from left, Ian Alexander, Blu del Barrio and Wilson Cruz in a scene from the series "Star Trek: Discovery." The program won the GLAAD award for Outstanding Drama Series. (Michael Gibson/CBS via AP)
This image released by Paramount Plus shows, from left, Ian Alexander, Blu del Barrio and Wilson Cruz in a scene from the series "Star Trek: Discovery." The program won the GLAAD award for Outstanding Drama Series. (Michael Gibson/CBS via AP)

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This image released by NBC shows Lilly Singh, host of "A Little Late with Lilly Singh." The segment “Lilly Responds to Comments About Her Sexuality,” from Singh’s late-night talk show won the GLAAD award for for Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode. (Scott Angelheart/NBC via AP)
This image released by NBC shows Lilly Singh, host of "A Little Late with Lilly Singh." The segment “Lilly Responds to Comments About Her Sexuality,” from Singh’s late-night talk show won the GLAAD award for for Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode. (Scott Angelheart/NBC via AP)

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This image released by Sesame Workshop shows muppet character Elmo, host of the family friendly show called "The Not Too Late Show with Elmo" on HBO Max. The series took home the GLAAD award for Outstanding Children’s Programming. (Richard Termine/Sesame Workshop via AP)
This image released by Sesame Workshop shows muppet character Elmo, host of the family friendly show called "The Not Too Late Show with Elmo" on HBO Max. The series took home the GLAAD award for Outstanding Children’s Programming. (Richard Termine/Sesame Workshop via AP)

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