Laverne Cox to Be Honored at GLAAD Media Awards, Ellen Page to Present

Today it was announced that Ellen Page will be presenting GLAAD's highest honor award to 'Orange is the New Black' star Laverne Cox at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in LA on April 12.

From GLAAD: Cox_page

Cox will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. The award is named after a successful casting director, who devoted the last part of his life to raising awareness in the entertainment industry about the discrimination faced by LGBT and HIV-positive people. Previous Stephen F. Kolzak honorees include Wanda Sykes, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Todd Haynes, Alan Ball, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen. […]

"Laverne Cox has reshaped the way Americans see transgender people and raised the bar in diverse representations of the LGBT community in entertainment," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "She is not only a talented actress, but a truly transformational leader in the LGBT equality movement. Through her tireless commitment to building understanding and acceptance through education and advocacy, Laverne is moving equality forward both on and off the screen."

Page named Cox as one of her inspirations when she came out as gay at an HRC conference last month.  


  1. Tyler says

    If only we were all as brave and strong as Ms. Cox. She’s truly an inspiration and a role model for all LGBT people. So glad she’s getting the recognition she deserves.

  2. JMartindale says

    I respect Cox because s/he has helped employ many doctors, nurses, hospital aides, and therapists necessary to maintain the illusion that s/he is a woman.

    It is odd that people who argue that gender categories are arbitrary would spend such a vast fortune to create a female “look.” Well, thank heaven there are unlimited health care resources to be dedicated to Cox’s butt curvature. The inner city kids who haven’t seen a doctor in their lives can surely wait until the butt looks just fab!

  3. JMC says

    This is the first deserved GLAAD award in forever. I just wish Laverne Cox could receive a more esteemed award that hasn’t been reduce to a tawdry fundraising tool for all of the incredible work that she does!

  4. Adam says

    5/5 JMartindale. How is it progressive to use massive health care resources for your own aesthetic needs while others go without basic care? There’s nothing heroic or admirable about this. It is selfish behavior. Trans activism is NOT progressive.

  5. Thedrdonna says

    How, exactly, would Ms. Cox’s refraining from transitioning, primarily using her own money (since most medical insurers don’t cover transition-related care), provide healthcare to the disadvantaged?

    Analogy: I can’t BELIEVE that Jay Leno would buy a vintage car when there are people out there who don’t have any way to get to work at all!

  6. Adam says


    False analogy. No one is honoring Jay Leno for amassing a collection of cars. If anything, that hobby of conspicuous excessive consumption hurts him with progressives.

    As for who pays for Cox’s johnson removal and butt injections, some insurers do cover these procedures, so you don’t know that Cox is paying out of pocket. Of course, transgender activists are working hard to force insurers to pay. But even if Cox is paying his own money, it still doesn’t get to the heart of the ethical issue. If the Koch brothers used their own money to block off 10% of a hospital to tend solely to them and their needs, I doubt if that would be seen as progressive.

  7. Tyler says

    Adam (Rick), we know that you think Trans people are icky. Grow up. Enough with the fake outrage and made-up controversies. Just admit that you hate Trans people, because that’s all that really matters.

  8. Thedrdonna says

    Adam: your logic only makes sense if you entirely reject the concept that people can be trans, that gender identity can be variant from one’s sex at birth, and that trans people are really just playing an elaborate game of “dress up”. If you believe such things, then that puts you in wonderful company: Michelle Bachmann, Brian Brown, and the Catholic Church. If you’re not an enemy of LGBT people, then you still certainly sound a lot like the worst of them.

  9. Homo Genius says

    oh my god… is it that time of year again, when GLAAD wastes OUR money on another party and patting themselves on the back for doing whatever it is that they do

  10. Tyler says

    It’s that time of the day when Rick posts as Homo Genius because we’ve caught onto his other aliases.

  11. Adam says

    Thedrdonna, nope it doesn’t mean that at all. I can accept that transgenders are not just playing dress up – although the definition of transgender actually does include those who dress up – and still point out that using limited health care resources for butt injections and breast implants is not progressive. Sorry dear, but it is more important that a woman get a mammogram and catch cancer early than it is for a trans activist to feel happy over a rounded behind. Face it, you are a really selfish person and the trans movement is a really selfish movement.