Pushed to the virtual space, the upcoming annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held virtually for the first time on July 30th. Originally scheduled for New York on March 19th and Los Angeles on April 16th, the events will no longer take place in-person due to the corona virus pandemic.

To spice up the mood, on screen appearances will be made by superstars’ Lil Nas X, Dolly Parton, the cast and producers of Pose, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Olivia Wilde and more. Chloe X Halle will perform while comedians Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere will serve as the hosts. This year’s awards confirm 175 nominees in 30 categories, including the returning category for outstanding Broadway production.

“Among this year’s nominees are a wide range of stories and narratives about LGBTQ people of different races, ethnicities, genders, religions, and other identities that demonstrate the power of inclusion and diversity in fostering positive cultural change,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “As this year’s Media Awards go virtual, we hope to send a powerful message to LGBTQ people that in the midst of this culturally and politically divisive time, our visibility and voices have never been more important.”

The 31st annual event will stream on GLAAD’s Facebook page on July 30th followed by a broadcast via Logo on August 3rd.

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