NATIONAL NEWS: See Who Won Big at the 2016 GLADD Media Awards
Mariah Carey, Robert De Niro, and Jim Obergefell were among the top award winners at the 27th Annual GLADD Media Awards.
On Saturday, May 14th, the GLAAD Media Awards recognized some big names across all types of media for their “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.” The event, held in New York City, featured a surprise appearance from Jennifer Lawrence and a moving acceptance speech from Caitlyn Jenner.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Excellence in Media Award: Robert De Niro (presented by Jennifer Lawrence)
Ally Award: Mariah Carey (presented by Lee Daniels)
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “Bruce Jenner: The Interview,” 20/20 (ABC) [accepted by Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, and David Sloan, senior executive producer]
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Interview with Jim Obergefell,” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN) [accepted by U.S. Supreme Court plaintiff Jim Obergefell]
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Cosmopolitan [accepted by Laura Brounstein, special projects director]
Outstanding Film – Limited Release: Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)
Outstanding Individual Episode: “The Prince of Nucleotides,” Royal Pains (USA Network)
Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “Stopping HIV? The Truvada Revolution,” Vice Reports (Vice.com)
Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Cold Case: The Murders of Cosby and Jackson,” by Dianna Wray (Houston Press)
Outstanding Magazine Article: “Behind Brazil’s Gay Pride Parades, a Struggle with Homophobic Violence,” by Oscar Lopez (Newsweek)
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “This Is What It’s Like to Be an LGBT Syrian Fleeing for Your Life,” by J. Lester Feder (Buzzfeed.com)
Anti-gay HB 2 violates United Nations Treaty, European Union says.
North Carolina’s HB 2 bill and other statewide anti-gay bills “are violating an international agreement on civil rights,” says the European Union in a recent statement. Catherine Ray, a spokeswoman for the E.U., also wrote that such anti-LGBT laws “discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons” and “contravene the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the U.S. is a state party, and which states that the law shall prohibit any discrimination and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection.” The covenant is based on an agreement made in 1966 by the General Assembly of the United Nations that has since been ratified by 167 countries worldwide. The U.S. Constitution states that international treaties are to be recognized in the same respects as federal law. However, sexual orientation and gender identity are not specifically categorized as protections from discrimination in the treaty. “We relinquished our adherence to the British crown and European powers over 200 years ago,” said Ricky Diaz, a campaign spokesman for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, when he received word of the E.U.’s statement. “The law [HB 2] is now in federal court, where it will be resolved.” This is not the first time European countries have come out in public disagreement over U.S. anti-gay legislation. Last month, the United Kingdom issued travel warnings to passengers about recent anti-gay laws in North Carolina and Mississippi. Since then, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against North Carolina last week over the implementation of HB 2.