EXCLUSIVE: The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles has added Emmy Award-winning mega-producer Ryan Murphy to its roster of guests. The American Horror Story creator will present Jim Parsons with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. The ceremony will take place on April 12 at the Beverly Hilton.
In addition to Murphy, Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will sashay into the GLAAD Media Awards this year, marking her first appearance at the annual ceremony hosted by Wanda Sykes. Other guests scheduled to appear are Rachel Bloom, Lena Waithe, Wilson Cruz, Anthony Rapp, Ben Feldman, Adam Rippon, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Gigi Gorgeous. In addition, the Princess of Pop herself Britney Spears will be honored with the Vanguard Award.
Murphy will present Parsons with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance. The two worked together on the HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony Award-winning play The Normal Heart, which won a GLAAD Media Award in 2015. The two have reteamed again on the Broadway revival of Matt Crowley’s 1968 play Boys In The Band. Parsons stars alongside Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and Matt Bomer in the game-changing play that focuses on a group of gay men in New York City who gather for a friend’s birthday party.
The Stephen F. Kolzak award is named after a legendary casting director, who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBTQ people as well as people living with HIV. Parsons is in good company with previous honorees including Laverne Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Troye Sivan, Ruby Rose, Chaz Bono, Wanda Sykes, Melissa Etheridge, Alan Ball, Pedro Zamora, Martina Navratilova, Paris Barclay, Robert Greenblatt, and Sir Ian McKellen.
Murphy is known for a long list of TV shows that have changed the television landscape. He created the musical sensation Glee as well as Feud: Bette and Joan and his latest procedural drama 9-1-1. Murphy revived the TV anthology American Horror Story and American Crime Story. His work has earned him numerous accolades including six GLAAD Media Awards. He is nominated again this year for Feud and American Horror Story: Cult for Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series. Murphy’s upcoming FX series Pose will make history by featuring the most transgender series regular characters, all played by trans actors, for a scripted series.
The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards continue in New York City on Saturday, May 5. The East Coast edition will honor The Handmaid’s Tale actress Samira Wiley who will receive the Vito Russo Award. Ross Mathews will serve as host with special guest appearances by Halsey, Laverne Cox, Asia Kate Dillon, Lea Michele and Wrabel.