Though they’re not able to celebrate in person this year, GLAAD is making sure that LGBTQ representation in media is still recognized with the GLAAD Media Awards — and they’re teaming up with some big stars to do it.
On Wednesday (July 29), GLAAD announced that even more stars, including Demi Lovato and Ben Platt, will be joining the previously-announced lineup for the 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards’ virtual ceremony.
The organization announced that along with a special musical performance from Chloe x Halle, the show will also now feature two new performers; actor and singer Ben Platt, and singer-songwriter Shea Diamond.
GLAAD also announced that stars like Lovato, Jennifer Garner, Lilly Singh, Charli XCX, Kandi Burruss, Theo Germaine, August Getty, Gigi Gorgeous Getty, Nats Getty, Harvey Guillén and Darryl Stephens will be making special appearances throughout the event.
“Among this year’s nominees are a wide range of stories and narratives about LGBTQ people of different races, ethnicities, genders, religions, and other identities that demonstrate the power of inclusion and diversity in fostering positive cultural change,” GLAAD president & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “As this year’s Media Awards go virtual, we hope to send a powerful message to LGBTQ people that in the midst of this culturally and politically divisive time, our visibility and voices have never been more important.”
Ahead of Thursday’s ceremony, GLAAD is already beginning to announce select winners, including Transparent: Musicale Finale for Outstanding TV Movie. The organization will continue to announce winners on their Twitter account leading right up to the start of the ceremony.