Openly gay actor Chris Colfer

America’s Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has congratulated the LGBT winners and nominees in the recent 68th Golden Globe Awards.

“Gay and lesbian actors, characters and storylines are not only helping build support for full equality, but are also generating unprecedented box office success and critical acclaim,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.

“[Sunday] night’s Golden Globe winners and nominees are a testament to the increased support for our community among everyday Americans and exemplify a new entertainment industry standard that is more inclusive than ever before,” he said.

The popular musical series Glee, which features gay characters and storylines, received three awards including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for openly gay Chris Colfer; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for the openly lesbian Jane Lynch; and Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical.

An especially poignant moment came when Colfer took a stand against anti-LGBT bullying while accepting his award. “Most importantly, to all the amazing kids that watch our show and the kids that our show celebrates, who are constantly told ‘no’ by the people in their environments, by bullies at school that they can’t be who they are or have what they want because of who they are. Well, screw that, kids,” Colfer said.

The lesbian family film The Kids Are All Right was awarded Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical while actress Annette Bening, who portrayed lesbian mom Nic, also won in the Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category for Best Performance by an Actress.

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