One of the awardees was Kelly Ripa, who received the Excellence In Media Award
She was introduced by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and said during her speech that we need to be vigilant about attempts to rebrand discrimination like the odious ‘religious freedom’ laws our right wing opponents are trying to foist upon this nation.
She also noted it was strange to her to be receiving an award for “just treating people like people”, and noted we still have a long way to go toward acceptance.
GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis hailed
Ripa as part of the reason for optimism in a statement.
“For over a decade, Kelly Ripa
has greeted millions of viewers with messages of acceptance and
inclusion,” she said. “By sharing inclusive stories with her audience
and loudly voicing support for her LGBT friends and fans, Kelly is
helping to drive acceptance forward.”