The 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards took place Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton and there were several Black women involved in projects honored at the ceremony celebrating LGBTQ representation.

The ceremony was hosted by Seeso’s Take My Wife star Cameron Esposito and Empire’s Jussie Smollett lead a special tribute to victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting that included a powerful performance by Broadway star Cynthia Erivo.

One highlight of the night was the “San Junipero” episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw winning the Outstanding Individual Episode award!  Set in 1987 in a beach resort town named San Junipero, the episode tells the story of Yorkie (Mackenzie Davis), a shy young woman visiting the town and falling in love with a local, Kelly (Mbatha-Raw). The episode received critical acclaim and became a favorite among Black Mirror fans.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives.


Check out the complete list of winners below!

Outstanding Film – Wide Release: Moonlight (A24)

Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Troye Sivan

Outstanding Comedy Series: Transparent (Amazon)

Outstanding Drama Series: Shadowhunters (Freeform)

Vanguard Award: Patricia Arquette

Outstanding Film – Limited Release: Other People (Vertical Entertainment)

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series: Eyewitness (USA Network)

Outstanding Individual Episode: “San Junipero” Black Mirror (Netflix)

Outstanding Daily Drama: The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS)

Outstanding Comic Book: The Woods, written by James Tynion IV (BOOM! Studios)

GLAAD previously announced that it was acknowledging two web series, Her Story ( and We’ve Been Around (, and music video “Sin Ir Más Lejos” by Gema Corredera, with Special Recognition Awards.


Outstanding Music Artist: Kany García, Limonada (Sony Music Latin)

Outstanding Local TV Journalism: “A la calle por quien soy” Noticias 34 (KMEX-Univision 34 [Los Ángeles])

Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Las discretas batallas LGBTI ganadas en Guatemala” by Sonia Pérez D. (Associated Press)

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “6 mujeres transgénero exitosas que rompen moldes en América Latina” by Leire Ventas (



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