GLAAD, the nation's LGBT media advocacy org will honor actress & Emmy Award-winning talk show host Kelly Ripa at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York at the Waldorf Astoria on May 9th. Ripa will receive GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous Excellence in Media Award honorees include Russell Simmons, Tyra Banks, Judy Shepard, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Bob & Harvey Weinstein, Diane Sawyer & Vanessa Redgrave. Emmy winning journalist Anderson Cooper will present Ripa with the award. Cooper previously received GLAAD’s Vito Russo Award in 2013. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, "For over a decade, Kelly Ripa has greeted millions of viewers with messages of acceptance & inclusion. By sharing inclusive stories with her audience & loudly voicing support for her LGBT friends & fans, Kelly is helping to drive acceptance forward." Previously we announced that journalist & MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts will receive the Vito Russo Award the New York event, comedian Ross Matthews will host. Other guests announced include: Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light (Transparent); Jonathan Groff (Looking); Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black); Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt); Rupert Friend (Homeland); Leslie Mann (The Other Woman) & out NBA player Jason Collins. Additional guests for the New York event will be announced. This will be our 7th year covering the GLAAD Media Awards on the Red Carpet in NYC for OUTTAKE VOICES™.
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