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Longtime LGBTQ ally Debra Messing will be honored at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in New York City on May 6, the watchdog group announced in a press release this morning.

Messing, an Emmy-winning actress known for her role on the landmark Will & Grace TV series,

By Nathan James

is set to receive the Excellence In Media Award, bestowed upon “media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people”.

She is a previous Media Award recipient, for her work on the NBC series Smash, in 2010. Messing will also appear in ABC’s remake of Dirty Dancing, which airs May 24.

Sarah Kate Ellis

The 28th annual awards ceremony, which will be held at its new venue in the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, recognizes outstanding depictions of the LGBTQ community in film, television, stage, print, and online media. GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis praised Messing, saying, “Debra Messing is a champion of the LGBTQ community and many marginalized groups today. Through laughter, warmth and pure heart both on and off-screen, she accelerates acceptance and inspires everyone to raise their own voices.

Messing will join other notable celebrity guests for the event, including Whoopi Goldberg, Don Lemon, Rami Malek, Janet Mock, Trevor Noah, Christian Slater, and Survivor contestant Zeke Smith. The ceremony will be hosted by TV personality Ross Mathews, who is returning for the fourth time.

Ellis comments, “In acknowledgement of today’s political climate, attendees will be encouraged to wear special blue “&” pins, in support of GLAAD’s Together Movement, which symbolizes “GLAAD’s work on intersectional issues including immigration, racial justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ acceptance“.

The GLAAD Media Awards are a coast-to-coast affair. The Los Angeles ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton on April 1. The New York City event is billed by the organization as its “biggest ever”.

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