Ryan Jamaal Swain, Hailie Sahar, Dyllon Burnside, Angel Bismark Curiel, Mj Rodriguez and Janet Mock attend the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards on May 5, 2018, in New York City.
Photo: J. Merritt (Getty Images for GLAAD)

Red carpets are our “must-see TV” here at The Glow Up, and this weekend wasn’t a disappointment with the 2018 GLAAD Awards. This was one of our favorite red carpets of the year, just because it was so free. In fact, we think GLAAD should seriously consider renaming the ceremony the “Free to Be You and Me” awards—because isn’t that what it’s really all about?


At any rate, we love the freedom of this annual awards ceremony—now in its 29th year—and we love the increasing visibility of LGBTQIA folks in mainstream media. But what was the coolest this year was that black women were at the forefront. Ava DuVernay, Samira Wiley and Jay-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, were all honored for highlighting the unique stories and struggles of LGBTQIA narratives in their work, further expanding the breadth of humanity that mainstream media includes.

As for us? We love the way the GLAAD Awards audience comes out (pun intended) to celebrate this special night, which, this year, took place at the Midtown Hilton in New York City. From recognizable faves to dragged-up divas, the GLAAD Awards is one of the freest ceremonies of the year!

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.

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