The 2014 GLAAD Media Awards were held Saturday night in the historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC, and you’d better believe that Queerty was on the scene getting the answers you really want to hear from the eclectic mixture of gaylebrities, straight allies, and genuine LGBT Icons that populated the seemingly endless red carpet heading into the event.
Before attending the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards last night, we’d dubbed them the “Gay Oscars” in our mind before we realized that the Oscars are the “Gay Oscars,” so we’re just going to call them the GLAAD Media Awards for now, OK?
Perhaps the biggest scoop of the night was the red carpet debut of what could turn into a new gay power couple: out gay NCAA basketball player Derrick Gordon and out actor Gerald McCollouch, who you bear-lovers may remember from Bear City and who has an upcoming film called Daddy. Daddy, indeed.
To some, the 46-year-old McCollouch and 22-year-old Gordon make an unlikely couple and we wondered how the former would answer this question. As soon as the red carpet photos hit the web, Gordon took to Facebook to share that “age is just a number” and that #loveislove. We got a chance to ask both about the relationship separately, and both would only confirm that they are “dating” which definitely doesn’t seem like they’ve hit the Boyfriend Milestone yet. Perhaps they can double date with Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley?
Moving on…Looking‘s Frankie J. Alvarez just knows that you hate Agustin and would probably be willing to provide the show’s writers with dozens of ways to violently write off his character, but he’s sticking to his guns. We caught up with a beardless and dapper Alvarez on the red carpet, and his response to the criticism is not too far off from our ideas. After complimenting us on our attire (we admit that we were looking pretty fine), he shared something that we’ve thought about Agustin all along:
“So many people who love the show have come up to me and said ‘I have a friend just like him.’ That guy is real, he’s out there.”
Alvarez was a bit cagier about what the show has in store for Agustin in season 2, but he did share that he will be “on a journey.” We’re definitely huge fans of Looking here, and can’t wait to take that journey with him.
We also caught up with the adorkable Noam Ash on the carpet because we know you’re all big fans of his webseries My Gay Roommate, and of his bottomlessness (i.e. only wearing the skimpiest of boxer briefs) in the most recent episode he would only smirk and reply that it is “marketing.” Go ahead and sell it, boo. We’re not complaining over here.
Also, Real Housewife Sonja Morgan looks pretty damn amazing up close, knows Queerty and has nothing but kind (and well-rehearsed) thoughts for the gays out there, out Olympian Blake Skjellerup (above) teases you all with his body shots (like these) on purpose, trans model Geena Rocero is one of the most stunning women (trans or otherwise) that we have ever seen, and as one of the two genuine LGBT icons on the carpet (the other being Boy George), George Takei was as gracious and humble as he could possibly be (and even granted us a selfie).
Once the awards themselves started, the Kettle One-sponsored booze was flowing plentifully, Orange Is The New Black rightfully won Outstanding Comedy Series, and there are actually a ton of awards that are presented off-stage so that the organizers can showcase the work of GLAAD in keeping an eye on media depictions of LGBT people.
They’ve been at this for 25 years, long before gay was acceptable or “in,” and a stirring video montage of the previous awards shows made us aware of just how integral the organization is to the community. Takei was presented with the Vito Russo award and there was an amazing speech from GLAAD president and Time covergirl Sarah Kate Ellis, but that was all in preparation for the gayest moment of our lives.
This moment was gayer than unicorns barfing rainbows on Christopher St. during the gay pride march. Gayer than two gay dudes having gay sex on a rainbow towel on a beach on Fire Island. It was the moment when Kylie Minogue led the entire audience in a sing-along of her international smash Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, complete with karaoke-style lyrics on the screen above the stage. It was a gay moment for the ages and earned Ms. Minogue a special place in our hearts forever.
While there was definitely more to be seen and heard during the show and the after party, we’re gonna keep it cute and just say that a fun time was had by all and a very fun time was had by some. Here’s to 25 more years of gaylebrities, fighting for LGBT rights, and creating iconic moments GLAAD Media Awards.
You’ve had Madonna and Kylie, so we’re pushing for Janet next. Make it happen, Sarah Kate!