Wilson Cruz will receive the Vito Russo Award for LGBTQ Advocacy at the GLAAD Media Awards

Wilson Cruz will receive the Vito Russo Award for LGBTQ Advocacy at the GLAAD Media Awards ...

In the 33rd annual Media in New York City, star-studded actor and activist Wilson Cruz will be honored with the Vito Russo Award.

The award, which was re-cipated after Vito Russo, the late activist who founded GLAAD, is presented to an individual who has significantly reduced acceptance. When he starred as Rickie Vasquez on ABC's My So-Called Life, Cruz became the first openly gay actor to play an openly gay role. His credits include ER, Grey's Anatomy, Party of Five, and 13 Reasons Why.

Wilson Cruz is on the front cover for the first time when written about actors being released. According to GLAAD CEO and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, "Wilson has dedicated his life and career to dissecting barriers for LGBTQ and Latinx actors. He has not only entertained audiences as a triple threat, but educated the world about LGBTQ people and issues. He raises the bar for how actors can and should play in social justice by always using his voice loudly to demand acceptance of LGBTQ people and Black and Latinx communities."

Billy Porter, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Rosie O'Donnell, and Samira Wiley have been named performers in the Vito Russo Award.

The, which honors LGBTQ people and issues with the most fair, accurate and inclusive representations, will be held at the Hilton Midtown on May 6, hosted by Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby, a recording artist, and RuPaul's Drag Race alum Peppermint.

Ariana DeBose, the star and Oscar winner of West Side Story, will present the award to Judith Light.

Laverne Cox, Cynthia Nixon, and Amber Tamblyn will be among the guests attending the event.

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