THR is reporting that wowlebrity Andy Cohen will receive GLAAD Media’s Vito Russo honor at the 30th annual awards presentation later this month, “in recognition of the significant contributions he has made in accelerating LGBTQ acceptance.”
The award is named for the legendary activist who co-founded GLAAD in 1985.
“Andy Cohen is a force in the entertainment industry who consistently prioritizes and celebrates LGBTQ stories,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Both onscreen and behind-the-scenes, Andy’s trademark brand of LGBTQ advocacy has resulted in some of the buzziest and entertaining culture changing moments.”
More reasons to celebrate Andy?
In addition to interviewing a regular rotation of LGBTQ entertainers on his show — such as Sam Smith, Lena Waithe, Billy Porter and Rosie O’Donnell — the Watch What Happens Live host is vocal in speaking about world issues including hate crimes, school bullying, marriage equality and anti-transgender legislation. In particular, Cohen is a strong supporter of LGBTQ youth.
In his SiriusXM program Radio Andy, Cohen also tackles LGBTQ issues within the framework of cultural discussions. Through his book imprint Andy Cohen Books, the entertainer is able to further reach out to the community and share his own experiences. Earlier in his career while working as an executive at Bravo, Cohen played a critical role in sourcing unscripted series that celebrated LGBTQ voices, among them Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Project Runway.