The goal of the GLAAD Media Awards is to honor fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. This year, LGBTQ stories honored at the GMAs included Hacks, Saved by the Bell, RuPaul’s Drag Race, LGBTQ publication The Advocate, Changing the Game, and more. Issues highlighted on the GMA stage included anti-trans youth bills, HIV awareness (U=U), and the Equality Act. The GMAs, the most visible annual LGBTQ awards show in the world, sends a message to producers and audiences that inclusive content is not only necessary, but will receive international attention and recognition. Another goal of the GMAs is to uplift LGBTQ people and allies who through their work in media have made a lasting impact on how the world views the LGBTQ community – this year's recipients for such recognitions include Michaela Jáe Rodriguez, Kacey Musgraves, and Franco Stephens. Lastly, the GMA aims to bring together the LGBTQ community for a night of fun, celebration, and education.
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies, which fund GLAAD's work to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance, were held in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, April 2, 2022.
The Los Angeles ceremony was hosted by Bob the Drag Queen, Eureka O’ Hara, and D.J. “Shangela” Pierce from Emmy Nominated HBO Series We’re Here, and featured a special performance from Jake Wesley Rogers.
The award show streamed on Hulu on April 16, 2022 to July 1st, 2022. Hulu is the official streaming partner for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, the second consecutive year that Hulu has shared the ceremony on its platform.
The event featured appearances by Andrew Garfield, Troye Sivan, JoJo Siwa, Jeopardy! Champion Amy Schneider, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Liv Hewson and Jasmin Savoy-Brown, Zeke Smith and Nico Santos, Peppermint, Meredith Marks, Harvey Guillén, John Cameron Mitchell, Jonathan Benett, Nicky Champa and Pierre Boo, Leo Sheng, Nicole Maines, Jazz Jennings, August Getty, Nats Getty, Gigi Gorgeous Getty, Mira Sorvino, Ronan Rubinstein, Rafael Silva, and GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
Key results for the GLAAD Media Awards include:
Extensive post-event press coverage (see below for non-comprehensive list)
Entertainment Weekly: Survivor star Zeke Smith proposes to Superstore's Nico Santos at 2022 GLAAD Media Awards
632 articles (49 pre event articles + 583 post event articles)
8,300,803,094 online impressions of GMA coverage
Hulu partnership for streaming
Performances and speeches from legends like Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Wilson Cruz, and Kacey Musgraves. Our stage was home to an emotional marriage proposal from writer and former Survivor contestant Zeke Stokes to actor Nico Santos.
The unveiling of our nationwide PSA starring Amber Briggle, the mother of a trans teen calling on Americans to fight for trans rights.
Honoring 14 category recipients and having dozens of representatives accept their award in-person or offstage