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Jennifer Lawrence Toasts Orville Peck (And Roasts Mike Pence) at Fiery 2024 GLAAD Media Awards

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On Saturday (Might 11), there was just one present on planet Earth that might boast extra queer power than the Eurovision Tune Contest, and that was the 2024 GLAAD Media Awards in New York Metropolis on the Midtown Hilton Resort.

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And never not like this 12 months’s Eurovision in Malmö, Sweden, the occasion was not with out protestors. A small group of protestors accusing Israel of genocide in opposition to the Palestinian individuals picketed outdoors the resort’s entrance in the course of the thirty fifth annual GLAAD Media Awards; extra notably, on the prime of the present itself, one attendee interrupted the opening monologue by host Ross Mathews to repeatedly declare “GLAAD is complicit in genocide” earlier than being escorted out.

“That was uncomfy for everyone,” Mathews stated after a pause. “However you recognize what? We’ve got to struggle for everybody’s rights – and that’s considered one of them.”

Whereas the Israel-Hamas Warfare didn’t come up once more that night time, politics have been nonetheless central to the GLAAD Media Awards, as at all times. New York Legal professional Common Letitia James made an look to rejoice LGBTQ New Yorkers and converse out for trans rights; GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis urged attendees to make use of their “platform and privilege” to make sure that the subsequent U.S. president shall be a human who values LGBTQ rights — and warned that the Supreme Courtroom “will roll again our authorized marriages like they rolled again Roe v. Wade” in a robust, fiery speech; and one very well-known Oscar winner took a few hilarious pot pictures at a former U.S. vice chairman in the course of the present.

Jennifer Lawrence (rocking a Veronica Lake haircut) appeared to rejoice “my favourite musician and good pal Orville Peck,” who was receiving the Vito Russo Award (named after the late activist and writer of The Celluloid Closet) on the 2024 GLAAD Media Awards.

“I like seeing so many people who can prime their subject whereas nonetheless being energy bottoms,” Lawrence cracked. Speaking about her love for the homosexual group, Lawrence stated she as soon as fell in love with a homosexual man, however quickly realized her advances have been for naught. “Conversion remedy doesn’t work,” she stated. “Did you hear me, Mike Pence? I stated conversion remedy just isn’t actual – although you assume it labored on you.”

Accepting the award, Peck talked about being a singer-songwriter in a style that’s not at all times been essentially the most open to the LGBTQ group. “I’m considered one of many people right here who’ve felt excluded or held again due to who we’re,” Peck stated, including that queer individuals however handle to “flip tragedy into artwork, humor and tradition.”

Peck additionally spoke on the “duty for visibility” in relation to all minority communities and what it means to the subsequent technology “to permit some child in a small city who loves nation music to see themselves in me or Mickey Guyton or T.J. Osborne.”

Earlier within the night time, Jennifer Hudson – who already has an EGOT – added one other award to her trophy room when she hit the stage to just accept the GLAAD for excellent selection or discuss present episode, for an episode of The Jennifer Hudson Present during which she stunned HIV activist Ian Haddock (of the Regular Anomaly Initiative) with $10,000.

After a fundraising portion that raised greater than $350,000, Loren Allred took the stage to carry out an emotional model of “By no means Sufficient” from The Biggest Showman, in addition to the upbeat “Come Alive.” The latter was a duet, with Scott Hoying (of Pentatonix and Superfruit) becoming a member of her on the frivolously funky vocal showcase.

Towards the top of the night time, Billboard (and Billboard‘s Pleasure Editor Stephen Daw) have been honored when GLAAD named Billboard‘s 2023 Pleasure Challenge cowl story the excellent print article of the 12 months. The (now award-winning) article, written by Daw, is a wide-ranging, in-depth interview with Maren Morris and 4 drag artists in regards to the proliferation of drag bans in the USA. You may learn it right here.

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