Today Out is proud to exclusively announce the winners of the 32nd Annual GLAAD Awards Special Recognition.
GLAAD Media Awards Special Recognition awards exist to celebrate media projects that don’t fit neatly into the general categories. This year's honorees include Rain Valdez, Kevin Spiritas, Justin Tranter, and Steven Clay Hunter.
“From podcasts to music to short films and series, the recipients of Special Recognition at the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards represent a wide range of dynamic media projects that should tell Hollywood and the broader media industry that audiences are demanding for more LGBTQ stories,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “During a year filled with unique and unprecedented challenges, these projects put a spotlight on diverse segments of the LGBTQ community in innovative ways, ultimately helping to inspire, uplift, and raise the bar for LGBTQ representation in media."
Check out all of the winners and the acceptance speeches below.
The 2020 reunion special of the groundbreaking and iconic Black television show Noah’s Arc followed the original character’s lives 10 years later in the middle of a global pandemic and social justice movement.
Darryl Stephens accepted the award.
Out, written and directed by Steven Clay Hunter, is a Pixar animated short that debuted on Disney+ and is the first animated short film about LGBTQ+ characters from the studio.
Hunter accepted the award on behalf of the short.
Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast, hosted by Amanda N’Duka and Dino-Ray Ramos features members of the entertainment industry discussing the changing landscape of Hollywood and the importance of growing diversity and inclusion, including LGBTQ+ representation.
N'Duka and Ramos accepted the award together.
This episode of Apple TV+’s anthology series Little America shows the story of a gay Syrian refugee dreaming of being granted asylum in America so he can be free to be himself openly.
The Award was accepted by Stephen Dunn.
Razor Tongue is a romantic comedy web series on YouTube starring and independently produced by Filipina trans actress, writer, and producer Rain Valdez. She was also recently nominated for her first Primetime Emmy for “Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for the role.
Valdez accepted her award for the series.
Superstar out songwriter Justin Tranter executive produced the soundtrack for one of last year’s biggest holiday movies. The soundtrack features songs written and performed by an all-LGBTQ+ lineup of artists, including Shea Diamond, Tegan & Sara, Brandy Clark, Carlie Hanson, and LP.
Tranter accepted the award.