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GLAAD announced today that it will honor Debra Messing with the Excellence in Media Award at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on May 6, 2017.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community. Ross Mathews will host the event for the fourth time. Special guests will include Whoopi Goldberg, Don Lemon, Rami Malek, Janet Mock, Trevor Noah, Christian Slater and Survivor’s Zeke Smith.
Messing will receive GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award, which is given to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people. Previous award honorees include Robert De Niro, Kelly Ripa, Patti LaBelle, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.
Debra Messing is an Emmy Award-winning actor and longtime ally to the LGBTQ community. She starred in the groundbreaking Will & Grace, which was instrumental in changing hearts and minds of countless Americans and earned seven GLAAD Media Awards during its eight seasons on air. The series, among the first on primetime network television to feature out gay lead characters, will return to NBC next season.
“Debra Messing is a champion of the LGBTQ community and many marginalized groups today,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. “Through laughter, warmth and pure heart both on and off-screen, she accelerates acceptance and inspires everyone to raise their own voices.”
Messing has also been a huge voice and activist protesting Donald Trump’s administration. This past weekend, she joined thousands during the Tax March in New York City protesting Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns.
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Additional special guests and honorees for the GLAAD Media Awards in New York will be announced.