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Stars gather in New York City for GLAAD award show

Stars gather in New York City for GLAAD award show

Tonight, May 9, is all about the LGBTI media that portrays our humanity.

LGBTI stars, and their glitterati allies, walked GLAAD’s red carpet for the group’s 26th annual award show.

GSN’s camera was clicking away so check our Facebook page to see some of the pictures.

Fortunately we had an opportunity to speak to Monifah Carter and Terez Thorpe, stars of the TV One reality show R&B Divas: Atlanta.

Carter and Thorpe were married, in the show, last June.

The couple offered words of wisdom and encouragement to LGBTI teenagers of color.

‘Your first relationship starts with yourself,’ Thorpe said to GSN. ‘Know who you are and cultivate that, and present yourself to the world.’

Her wife agreed.

‘You are enough always,’ Carter said. ‘Right now and in the moment.’

GSN also spent a minute with Pepe Julian Onziema. Thee program director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), was attending for John Oliver. The HBO host was nominated for his interview with the transgender activist.

The sit-down with the comic/political analyst brought mainstream attention to the human rights struggles of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ugandans.

‘It [the attention from the Oliver interview] has strengthened us as activists because of the solidarity we have received from the United States,’ Onziema said to GSN. ‘It has even created some level of dialogue in Uganda.’

Onziema added that people looking to assist the LGBTI community in Uganda should always keep in mind the realities of the country.

‘One of the main things that needs to be done is for our partners and friends here in the states is to listen to what we need. and to coordinate with us because sometimes doing, or helping without coordinating, leads to backlash.’

Tonight’s festivities were held in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Reporter Thomas Roberts, the anchor of MSNBC Live, received the Vito Russo Award. The honor is reserved for an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Lynda Carter, of Wonder Woman fame, made the presentation.

Fellow TV news reporter Anderson Cooper was also on hand. He gave Kelly Ripa, actress and co-host of Live with Kelly and Michael, the excellence in media award

Don’t forget. Check out some of the photos here.

Below is a clip of Ripa’s speech: