WATCH: Look who got engaged at the GLAAD Media Awards

Zeke Smith and Nico Santos
Zeke Smith and Nico Santos (Photo: Getty Images for GLAAD)

The GLAAD Media Awards took place in Los Angeles on Saturday night, and one of the presenters thought it was the perfect opportunity to pop the question to his other half.

Two-time Survivor alum Zeke Smith, 34, proposed to his partner, actor Nico Santos, 42, on stage at the event.

Zeke Smith and Nico Santos
Zeke Smith gets down on one knee (Photo: Getty Images for GLAAD)

There was some logic to Smith’s choice of proposal venue: The two actually met at the GLAAD media awards in 2018!

Related: Nico Santos isn’t afraid to play the “sissy”

To screams and cheers from the audience, Smith got down on one knee at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to pop the question. An emotional Santos immediately nodded ‘yes’. You can watch it below.

Both later posted a photo to their respective Instagram profiles.

“I said yes. You have my heart forever,” said Superstore actor Santos in his caption.

Zeke Smith and Nico Santos
(Photo: Getty Images for GLAAD)

Smith competed on back-to-back seasons of Survivor in 2016 and 2017. He was outed as transgender by a fellow contestant in 2017. He later said in an opinion piece for the Hollywood Reporter he had not chosen to come out because, “I wanted the show to desire me as a game player and an eccentric storyteller, not as ‘The First Trans ‘Survivor’ Player.'”

Related: Zeke Smith describes the worst part of being outed as transgender on ‘Survivor’

(Photo: Getty Images for GLAAD)

Santos appeared in Crazy Rich Asians and starred in six seasons of the NBC sitcom, Superstore.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor those who have shone a light on LGBTQ stories in the media.

The ceremony is split into two halves, with the first in Los Angeles and the second in New York City in May. In LA on Saturday, 16 awards were presented.

Highlights included Kacey Musgraves receiving the Vanguard Award from Ben Platt, and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez receiving the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from Andrew Garfield.


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Hacks received the award for Outstanding New TV Series, and Saved by the Bell took the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Superhero movie Eternals won the award for Outstanding Film, while RuPaul’s Drag Race and We’re Here tied for Outstanding Reality Program.

The Los Angeles event will stream on Hulu on April 16, 2022.

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