Per GLAAD, “The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly Lgbtq media professional who has made a significant difference in accelerating Lgbtq acceptance. The Award is named after Vito Russo, a founder of GLAAD and celebrated Act Up activist, who pushed open the door for news and entertainment industries to include Lgbtq performers and stories.”
Previous recipients of the award include Billy Porter, Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin, Andy Cohen, Cynthia Nixon, RuPaul, Rosie O’Donnell, Tom Ford, Samira Wiley, Thomas Roberts, George Takei, Alan Cumming, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, among others.
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“Ryan Murphy is a talented trailblazer behind some of the most innovative and popular Lgbtq projects in television,