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Posted on Apr 16, 2014

VIDEO: Ross Mathews is hilarious and poignant as #GLAADAwards host

Openly gay comedian, TV personality, and author Ross Mathews hosted the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards – Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton this weekend. In Ross' words, "The 25th GLAAD Media Awards…can you believe it? That's the silver anniversary, or, as we call it in the LGBT community, the Anderson Cooper."

Watch Ross' full monologue below:

Endearing, adorable, and engagingly funny, Ross first came to the national public's attention with his character "Ross the Intern" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Since then, he's filled many host and correspondent roles, has appeared regularly on Chelsea Lately, and now hosts his own series, Hello Ross!

His monologue on Saturday night began with an overview of the "amazing" and "overdue" achievements for the LGBT community this past year, like the end of DOMA and increased invisibility in sports.

"Not to brag, speaking of athletes, but I'm something of a gay athlete, myself," Ross told the audience. "This is true. I just completed a marathon. It was a marathon of Designing Women on the Hallmark Channel but, hey, I did it!" (Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, co-creator and –producer of the iconic '80s and '90s sitcom was in attendance. Her film, Bridegroom, even won Outstanding Documentary that night.)

Ross' introduction to the show was both hilarious and touching as the comedian celebrated the star-studded night and successful steps that have been taken toward LGBT equality. Along with making Jennifer Lopez laugh so hard she cried, Ross drove home the evening's true significance:

"In all sincerity, the work that GLAAD does is so important and we all know that, and we're all here. When I was a little kid growing up in a farm town in the '80s, I remember specifically, I didn't know what life looked like as a grown up, happy, successful, openly gay person because I never saw that represented in the media. That was 25 years ago. Think about the cultural shift. And because of the people who run GLAAD and the people in this room, LGBTQ kids across the world can point at someone in the media and say, 'when I grow up, I want to be like that. I want to be happy and out and open and 100% me, and I know I can do it because I see it right there. They can say, 'I want to look like Ross, only thinner!' It's possible."

Other special guests at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media awards included:  Rita Moreno who presented the Vanguard Award to Jennifer Lopez.Ellen Page who presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Laverne CoxNorman Lear received the Pioneer Award. Manny de Guerre, LGBT advocate from Russia, received the International Advocate for Change Award. Other guests included:  Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave); Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory); Naomi Campbell (The Face); Tatiana MaslanyJordan Gavaris (Orphan Black); Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey); Eric DaneRebecca GayheartNatasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle); James Frain (Intruders); Alex Newell(Glee); Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries); Ross Mathews (Hello Ross); Maria Menounos(Chasing Maria Menounos); Sherri SaumTeri PoloPeter PaigeBradley Bredeweg (The Fosters); Lucas Neff (Raising Hope); Meghan McCain (Take Part Live); singer Debby Boone;Caitlin Stasey (Please Like Me); Luke Newberry (In the Flesh); author and transgender advocate Chaz BonoShane Bitney CroneLinda Bloodworth-Thomason (Bridegroom);Katherine Fairfax WrightMalika Zouhali-WorrallJohn "Longjones" Abdallah Wambere(Call Me Kuchu); Charlie Condou (Coronation Street); Sophie Ward (Jane Eyre); Pratibha Parmar (Nina's Heavenly Delights); Jill SolowayAmy Landecker, Ian Harvie (Transparent); Kate MansiGuy Wilson (Days of Our Lives); trans advocates Calpernia AddamsAndrea JamesHusbands creators Brad BellJane Espenson; comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer; trans model Carmen Carrera; trans singer Our Lady J; GLAAD National Spokespersons, Wilson Cruz and Omar Sharif, Jr., and GLAAD CEO & President Sarah Kate Ellis.  DJ Tracy Young was the guest DJ at the after-party.

Photos and videos are available here.

Additional awards will be presented in New York City on May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria, tickets are available now.

The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka, Wells Fargo, and Hilton Worldwide. The Los Angeles event is presented locally by Delta Air Lines and Bud Light.

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GLAAD Link – your daily round-up of LGBT news, April 16, 2014

Today's top LGBT news headlines. For more news updated throughout the day, visit


Ukraine LGBT advocate welcomes closer ties to Europe - Washington Blade

No gays allowed in Nintendo's new life sim game - Queerty

VIDEO: Sprint calls man "gay sissyboy" in customer service email - Towleroad

Spain opens first gay retirement home - Gay Star News

First country in Europe protects trans people in constitution - Gay Star News

40% of straight women have had a same-sex experience - Gay Star News

Distinguished medical journal: Marriage equality makes families healthier - The Advocate

Right-wing  homophobe Laura Ingraham is joining ABC News - Queerty

Watch anti-gay activists arrested at Canadian University - The Advocate

How a trans rights ruling could save LGBT equality in India - BuzzFeed

WATCH: Bishop Robinson talks "OMG" moment at White House Prayer Breakfast - The Advocate

Anglican priest defies church, marries partner - The Advocate

GaymerX Convention for LGBT gamers shutters after second year - Queerty

Malta lawmakers approve civil unions, adoption bill - Washington Blade

Turkey plans special LGBT segregated jail facility - Gay Star News

Pentagon official to deliver keynote at LGBT military dinner - Washington Blade


Colorado pastor says putting gays in a Honey Maid ad is like promoting axe murder, cannibalism - Towleroad

Bill to ban "ex-gay" therapies on minors voted down in Illinois - Gay Star News

VIDEO: Alabama woman charged with murder after shooting gay son's boyfriend - Towleroad

Man sentenced to 30 months in prison after trying to beat the gay out of his disabled brother - Towleroad

Boston Pride announces five headline musical acts for 2014 festival - The Rainbow Times

Cleveland cabbies refuse to drive Gay Games taxis - The Advocate

Louisiana votes to keep unconstitutional law criminalizing sodomy - Towleroad

Couple plans own prom after student says school barred her from bringing her transgender boyfriend - BuzzFeed

School board lets trans teacher keep her job - Queerty

South Carolina pols continue critique of college over LGBT "recruitment" - The Advocate


Overpolicing language? Seriously? - TransGriot

10 LGBT women kicking butt in politics worldwide - Autostraddle

Op-ed: How not to react when an LGBT teacher is fired - The Advocate

The importance of being born black and gay - The Huffington Post

When visibility becomes power - OUT

Reina Gossett, CeCe McDonald, and Dean Spade sit down to talk prison abolition - Autostraddle

What does LGBT power look like in 2014? - OUT

Attacking the "all trans women are sex workers" meme - TransGriot

Meet the real Alex Vause: Catherine Cleary Wolters has mixed feelings about "Orange is the New Black" - Autostraddle

8 pieces of LGBT spoken word poetry that will leave you speechless - BuzzFeed


Laverne Cox delivers keynote speech at "Trans 100" Gala - The Huffington Post

Ellen DeGeneres named most powerful gay US celebrity - PinkNews

Meet the most powerful gay media personalities - The Huffington Post

Alan Carr: "The most homophobia I get is from gays" - PinkNews

Chaz Bono talks trans issues on RuPaul's Drag Race - The Advocate

Popular gay-themed web series EastSiders turns to Kickstarter to fund second season - Gay Star News


The NFL should accept openly gay players: An open letter from a football fan - The Huffington Post

Golfer who agrees that being gay is an "open rebellion to God" wins Masters - PinkNews

Members of Congress urge Olympic Committee to add LGBT protections - BuzzFeed

To submit a story for possible inclusion in GLAAD Link, click here.

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Snapshots: 25th annual #GLAADAwards, Transgender Leadership Summit, and more

Wonder what we’re up to at GLAAD?

Be sure to check out GLAAD's Blog each week for updates about our latest work to build support for LGBT equality through news, entertainment, and online media.

The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Los Angeles were held on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton. Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox, Norman Lear, and Russian advocate Manny de Guerre were among those honored that night. Celebrities such as Lupita Nyong'o, Ellen Page, Rita Moreno, Naomi Campbell, Ross Mathews, Alex Newell, Carmen Carrera, Maria Menuonos, and many more were present. The show has been covered by Newsweek, Insider, CNN Entertainment, Elixer, and E!, just to name a few. Additional awards will be presented in New York City on May 3 at the Waldorf Astoria New York, tickets are available now. The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka, Wells Fargo, and Hilton Worldwide. The Los Angeles event is presented locally by Delta Air Lines and Bud Light. See photos and videos from the LA event at

This past weekend, GLAAD Senior Media Strategist Tiq Milan and Media Strategist Dani Heffernan led a Transgender Advocates Media Training at the 2014 Transgender Leadership Summit in California. The training looked at the modern media landscape and its relationship with the transgender community, and discussed practices for effectively communicating messages through journalists to a prospective audience.

On Sunday, Carl Siciliano, a Roman Catholic and former monk who runs NYC's LGBT homeless youth center,  The Ali Forney Center, and Faith In America, an organization that educates the public about the harm caused by religion-based stigma and hostility placed an open letter to Pope Francis in a full page ad in The New York Times. The letter calls for the Pope to end Church teachings that categorize 'gay conduct' as a sin and to educate Pope Francis and the public about how the Church negatively influences parents of LGBT youth, as well as the devastating harms that such parental rejection can have on LGBT youth. GLAAD worked with Siciliano and Faith in America to prepare the ad, as well as the media attention it has receieved in outlets like the National Catholic Reporter, Red Letter Christians, and The Advocate, as well as Italian and French publications. Read more here.

Logo announced this week that, starting next season, RuPaul's Drag Race will no longer use the phrase "You've Got She-Mail." Immediately following the premiere of the "Female or She-male'' episode, GLAAD spoke directly to the producers of RuPaul's Drag Race about the segment. GLAAD has since been in frequent contact with Logo and MTV Networks. Read more here.

GLAAD is working with Andraya Williams, a transgender woman of color and student at Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina, to help bring greater media attention to her story. Andraya was interrogated by campus security at CPCC after leaving the women's restroom, and is now calling for an apology and substantial policy changes from the school. GLAAD worked with Andraya to prepare her and then helped place her on HuffPost Live's QueerView.

To get the latest updates and take part in GLAAD’s work to build support for LGBT equality, be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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