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Ryan Murphy, creator of pretty much everything gay on TV, to be honoured for inspiring LGBT youth

Nick Duffy January 16, 2020
TV creator Ryan Murphy will be honoured with a GLAAD Award

TV creator Ryan Murphy will be honoured with a GLAAD Award (Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

Prolific TV creator Ryan Murphy is to be honoured with a GLAAD Award.

The TV creator has championed LGBT+ representation for years across his many TV shows – which include Pose, American Crime Story, American Horror Story and The Politician.

His works from Glee to The Normal Heart have hoovered up GLAAD Awards over the years for their diverse queer storylines – and now Murphy will be honoured himself.

Ryan Murphy hailed for ‘inspiring’ LGBT+ youth.

It was announced on Thursday that Murphy will be presented with the Vito Russo Award for promoting LGBT+ inclusion at the GLAAD Media Awards on March 19.

Previous Vito Russo honourees include Billy Porter, Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin, Cynthia Nixon and RuPaul.

Sarah Kate Ellis of GLAAD said: “Ryan Murphy is a talented trailblazer behind some of the most innovative and popular LGBTQ projects in television, theater and film history, and he continues to bring underrepresented LGBTQ voices to the table in ways that raise the bar in Hollywood.

“Ryan’s unique and gifted brand of storytelling has not only entertained the masses, but provided LGBTQ youth with characters who inspire them to live boldly and proudly.”

Ryan Murphy speaks onstage at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2018.
Ryan Murphy speaks onstage at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2018. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for GLAAD)

Murphy’s frequent collaborator Janet Mock, who has worked on Pose and The Politician, will also be honoured with the Stephen F Kolzak award, given to an LGBT+ person who has made an outstanding contribution to tackling prejudice in media.

Taylor Swift will also be honoured at GLAAD Awards.

Other nominees at this year’s GLAAD Awards include Taylor Swift – who will be honoured for her work fighting for LGBT+ equality.

The singer earned the nomination for pro-LGBT+ track ‘You Need to Calm Down’ and her campaign for the Equality Act – a proposed law to protect LGBT+ people from discrimination in all 50 US states.

Sarah Kate Ellis of GLAAD: “From boldly standing up against anti-LGBTQ elected officials to shining attention on the urgent need to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination through the Equality Act, Taylor Swift proudly uses her unique ability to influence pop culture to promote LGBTQ acceptance.

“In a time of political and cultural division, Taylor creates music that unites and calls on her massive fan following to speak up and call for change.”

More: American Horror Story, GLAAD, Janet Mock, Ryan Murphy, taylor swift

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