While the film award season may have ended recently with the Academy Awards, one of my favorite events is right around the corner with the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards only on Logo taking place this Saturday at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. (The NY-based awards will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on May 14th).
While always a fun star-studded event, the purpose of the awards is, in GLAAD’s own words, “to recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.”
This year, honorees include singer/actress/model Ruby Rose being honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award and singer/actress Demi Lovato receiving the Vanguard Award from none other than LGBT ally, Nick Jonas. Ross Mathews is bringing his skills to host duties and among the guests scheduled to appear are Paula Abdul, “Dancing with the Stars‘” Derek Hough, “Jane The Virgin” star Jaime Camil, Amber Heard, Queen Latifah, Caitlyn Jenner, Jazz Jennings and Zendaya.
The good news is that not only will I be stationed on the red carpet chatting with all the hot celebs and members of the LGBT community as they make their way into the awards show but you can follow my live tweeting right along as the action is happening. There will be photos, videos and tweets telling you everything happening on the star-studded carpet so you won’t want to miss a second. The Xfinity Twitter handle is the one you want to be sure you’re following and be sure to mark your calendars because the live tweets begin at 5pm PT on Saturday, April 2nd. Also, make sure to use the #XfinityLGBT hashtag throughout the evening, too!
Last year at the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards, “Scandal” star Kerry Washington received the Vanguard Award. Check out her inspirational speech.
Logo and GLAAD have partnered for this year’s awards and you’ll be able to watch the LA-based Awards show on April 4th only on Logo. Also, Xfinity will have the show ready to watch with XFINITY ON DEMAND starting April 5th. (The show will also be available for online viewing beginning April 11th.)
And what about the plethora of film, TV and other media are that among the nominees? Besides already having nominated films like “Carol,” “Tangerine” and “The Danish Girl” available to watch with XFINITY On Demand, we’re adding a slew of great MTV and Logo titles starting this Friday so you can catch up on some of the programming that is vying to win a GLAAD Media Award. Episodes of the following shows will be available right here on Xfinity TV beginning Friday, April 1st.
- “Cucumber“/”Banana”: The British import/companion series created by out writer/producer Russell T. Davies (“Doctor Who” “Queer as Folk“) aired last fall on Logo and were instant hits. “Cucumber” follows the antics of middle-aged gay man Henry (Vincent Franklin) and his boyfriend, Lance (Cyril Nri) as the weather tough times in their relationship. Henry’s interactions with the younger people are also a part of the series and their individual stories make up each episode of “Banana.”
- “Beautiful As I Want To Be“: Logo’s enlightening and educational series pairs up young trans people with trans leaders like Caitlyn Jenner and actress Trace Lysette.
- “Faking It“: MTV’s comedy is currently airing its third season of life for a group of high schoolers. With an eclectic mix of LGBTQ people, the show also explores such rare TV topics as intersex. The acclaimed series stars Rita Volk, Katie Stevens, Bailey DeYoung, Gregg Sulkin and Michael Willett.
- “True Life: I Am Genderqueer“: The MTV docu-series focuses on heavy issues such as religion or growing up with a transgender parent but the nominated episode deal with young people who identify as “genderqueer.”
Watch the “27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards only on Logo” airing on Logo on April 4th at 10pm, on XFINITY ON DEMAND starting April 5th and on XFINITY TV starting April 11th.
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