The Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony winning screenwriter, producer, and director Ryan Murphy will be honoured with the Vito Russo Award at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Hilton Midtown in New York on Thursday, March 19 2020.
Best known for his LGBTQ+ inclusive projects, Ryan Murphy continues to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ+ people in Hollywood and beyond with series such as Pose, Glee, American Horror Story and The Politician. Murphy has also been recognized for his trailblazing accomplishments and impact both on screen and behind the scenes. In addition to his boundary-pushing work on TV, his Half initiative aims to create equal opportunities for women and minorities behind the camera in Hollywood. Less than one year after launching Half, Ryan Murphy Television’s director slate hired 60% women directors and 90% were either women and/or minorities. In 2018, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2019, he was selected as a ‘Titan’ for the Time magazine’s annual 100 Most Influential People list.
Each year, The Vito Russo Award is presented by GLAAD to an 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.
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