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Janet Mock to receive GLAAD honour for LGBTQ media work

Writer and trans rights activist Janet Mock will be honoured at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards for her work towards LGBTQ acceptance.

Mock will receive the Stephen F Kolzac award for promoting acceptance through the media at this year’s ceremony.

The Redefining Realness author became the first trans woman of colour to write and direct a television episode, with the 2018 Pose episode ‘Love is the Message’.

“She’s achieved a lot of firsts for the trans community and for people of colour,” said GLAAD president and chief executive officer Sarah Kate Ellis.

“To elevate her and put her on the stage and honour her for the work that she’s done is really important.”

Ellis noted that celebrating the achievements of trans people is especially critical now “when we’re seeing so many trans lives at stake,” The New York Times reported.

Before Pose, Mock was known for her work on the documentary The Trans List and her column Beauty Beyond Binaries.

She has signed a three-year deal with Netflix to create programs employing and telling the stories of people from marginalised communities.

Also being honoured by GLAAD is singer Taylor Swift, who will receive the Vanguard Award for promoting LGBTQ equality as an ally.

Swift has become a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights, speaking out to promote the Equality Act in the US, which would ban discrimination based on gender and sexuality.

She has thrown her support behind the proposed legislation, starting a petition and writing to politicians.

“She’s come out in a really bold way in support of the LGBTQ community, especially around the Equality Act,” said Ellis.

Swift joins past recipients of the Vanguard Award including Beyoncé and Britney Spears.

GLAAD, formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is an independent media monitoring organisation.

The annual awards recognise LGBTQ people and friends for positive work for the community in the media.

Nominees for this year’s GLAAD Media Awards will be announced this week.

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