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Ruby Rose, Caitlyn Jenner get GLAAD honour

Associated Press Associated Press 3/04/2016

Ruby Rose, Demi Lovato, Caitlyn Jenner were among the recipients of the 27th GLAAD Media Awards.

The awards honour those who further GLAAD's mission of ensuring that stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are heard through media outlets.

Australian actress, Rose was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by pop-singer Taylor Swift in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

The award is given to a member of the LGBT community who works towards eliminating homophobia, in honour of the late Kolzak - a casting director who fought against homophobia in the entertainment industry.

Previous winners of the award include Rose's Orange Is the New Black co-star, Laverne Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen.

Lovato was the recipient of the organisation's Vanguard Award, which she received from Nick Jonas. She was chosen for her advocacy for acceptance of the LGBT community.

Lovato has spoken about her late grandfather, who came out as gay in the 1960s, and filmed the music video for her song Really Don't Care at the L.A. Pride festival.

Jenner's E! Entertainment Television reality series I Am Cait was honoured for outstanding reality program. Jenner, who was born Bruce Jenner, is sharing the honour with transgender YouTube personality Jazz Jennings, who has a TLC show I Am Jazz.

Other honorees included Cate Blanchett's film Carol, the Amazon Instant Video Series, Transparent, the HBO film Bessie, which starred Queen Latifah, and Netflix's Sense8, which was co-created by transgender director Lilly Wachowski. Wachowski announced she was transgender last month, several years after her sister Lana Wachowski publicly revealed she was transgender. The siblings created the Matrix film trilogy.

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