GLAAD honored Debra Messing, Billy Porter, and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City on May 6.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives.
Ross Mathews hosted the event that included a performance by DNCE and appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Don Lemon, Janet Mock, Trevor Noah, Tyler Oakley, Zachary Quinto and Christian Slater.
At the ceremony, Andrew Rannells presented Debra Messing with GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award, presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBTQ community.
“It’s time to make America gay again,” Debra Messing began her speech, referring to the return of Will & Grace on NBC next season.
In her speech, Messing called on everyone to raise their voices and call the Congressional Switchboard in Washington, D.C.
Messing also spoke directly to Ivanka Trump: “Someone I would like to make a direct appeal to this evening it is the Secretary of Straight… State: Ivanka Trump.”
“Ivanka, girlfriend, what are you doing? Come on. It’s me Deb. From one Jewish mother to another.”
“It’s not enough to simply say that women’s issues are important to you. It’s time to do something. You can change the lives of millions of women and children just by telling your dad stories about real people who are suffering. Don’t let him separate immigrant mothers from their American-born children. Don’t let him take health care away from women who need it. Don’t allow him to make trans kids like Gavin [Grimm] fight in court for their basic human dignity.”
Messing continues: “Please stop blindly defending your father and start defending what you say you believe in. You can’t just write #WomenWhoWork and think you are advancing feminism. You need to be a woman who does good work: Hashtag, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.”
“Ivanka, we know you love the guy who does your hair color,” Debra Messing joked. “It’s good by the way. So do right by your colorist. And by all of us. Imagine how you will feel sitting at Passover seder if you can tell your children that you fought for justice and freedom. It will make you feel richer than owning all the skyscrapers and golf courses in the world.”
“The country wants to support you. And as a bonus, if you get Steve Bannon out of your Dad’s office, I bet we will put you back in Nordstorms.”