Lilly Wachowski, Demi Lovato, and Queen Latifah Shine at the GLAAD Media Awards

They joined Caitlyn Jenner and Ruby Rose for the awards that honor “fair, accurate, and inclusive” representations of the LGBT community
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“First of all—ta-da!” These were the words Lilly Wachowski said to a cheering crowd Saturday night at the GLAAD Media Awards—her first public appearance since coming out as transgender in March—as she accepted an award for her work as co-creator of Netflix’s Sense8. The writer/director felt media pressure to come out, which she mentioned on the red carpet. “I knew in my heart of hearts I had to do something,” she said before going into the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom. “I just didn’t know it would be so soon.” She even joked about “the sensitive and courteous people at the Daily Mail,” whose impending story hastened her announcement. She was joined at the awards by her parents and thanked her sister, Lana (who came out as transgender in 2012), “who I am missing terribly right now.” She also thanked her wife before ending her speech with, “Now get out there and go love with all your f*cking might!”

It's a tie! I Am Cait and I Am Jazz share the stage
It’s a tie! I Am Cait and I Am Jazz share the stage Photograph by Kari Mozena

Queen Latifah was also on hand—the actress won Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series for HBO’s Bessie. “It’s always great to be honored by people who respect who you are and respect your work,” she began. “And my great cast. Thank you for letting me kiss on you and touch you. You’re welcome.” Taylor Swift made a surprise appearance to present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to OITNB’s Ruby Rose, prompting all the people with tables in the back to rush to the front for a better view. Rose, meanwhile, handed Swift her jacket to hold while she speechified. The category for Outstanding Reality Series resulted in a tie, with E!’s I Am Cait and TLC’s I Am Jazz both winning top honors. “What a year it’s been!” Jenner exclaimed.

Ross Mathews hosted (he was great), and presenters included Patricia Arquette, NeNe Leakes, and Lea Michele. Demi Lovato sang Stone Cold before pal Nick Jonas presented her with the Vanguard Award. “People deserve to love who they want to love,” she said. The GLAAD Media Awards will air on Logo tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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