We’ve certainly made it clear on this blog that we’re big fans of both Ellen Page and Laverne Cox, who have both made major contributions to public awareness of LGBT issues in the past year. So it pleases us to no end that the GLAAD paired them up for their April awards ceremony, with Ms. Page presenting the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Ms. Cox (which is notably a nice step up from their questionable honorees last year).
The award is presented to “an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.” It’s named after casting director Kolzak, who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBT and HIV-positive people. Previous honorees include Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Todd Haynes, Alan Ball, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen.
“Laverne Cox has reshaped the way Americans see transgender people and raised the bar in diverse representations of the LGBT community in entertainment,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “She is not only a talented actress, but a truly transformational leader in the LGBT equality movement. Through her tireless commitment to building understanding and acceptance through education and advocacy, Laverne is moving equality forward both on and off the screen.”
We can’t wait to see what Page and Cox have to say come April 12th.