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Oprah, Reneé Rapp, Matt Bomer and More Join TheWrap’s GLAAD Media Awards Portrait Studio | Exclusive Photos

The 35th annual GLAAD Media Awards hit the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Thursday in style and allyship. Guest of honor Oprah Winfrey brought the crowd of hundreds to its feet with a rousing speech when she accepted the 2024 Vanguard Award.

“Thirty-five years ago, my brother, Jeffrey Lee, passed away when he was just 29 years old from AIDS. Growing up at the time we did, in the community we did, we didn’t have the language to understand or speak about sexuality and gender in the way we do now,” Winfrey said. “And at the time, I didn’t know how deeply my brother internalized the shame that he felt about being gay. I wish he could have lived to witness these liberated times and to be here with me tonight.

“What I know for sure is that when we can see one another, when we are open to supporting the truth of a fellow human, it makes for a full, rich, vibrant life for us all,” she continued. “And that’s what I wish my brother Jeffrey could have experienced: a world that could see him for who he was and appreciate him for what he brought to this world. I am proud to receive this honor. Thank you GLAAD.”

TheWrap caught the entertainment icon backstage moments after her win for exclusive standalone portraits along with GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, who also gave one of the highlight speeches of the night.

Elsewhere, pop star and actress Reneé Rapp (a winner for Outstanding Music Artist), history-making “Pose” Emmy nominee Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Matt Bomer, Sherry Cola, JoJo Siwa, Allison Williams and many more stars swung by TheWrap’s exclusive portrait studio for quick photo sessions with creative director Jeff Vespa, posing for stunning shots among the stars.

Honoring 16 of the biggest names in LGBTQ+ entertainment — and featuring show-stopping musical performances by Oscar nominee Kate Hudson and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Chloe — the 35th annual GLAAD Media Awards also presented Niecy Nash-Betts with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, with an assist from Sharon Stone. The event was hosted by the newly out-and-proud Wayne Brady with charming aplomb and was followed by an afterparty featuring speciality cocktails from sponsors Hornitos tequila and Ketel One vodka.

The awards will stream on Hulu beginning March 29. Remaining winners for the 33 total categories will be announced at the organization’s New York ceremony on May 11.

Catch TheWrap’s exclusive photo gallery below.

Oprah Winfrey
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey & Sarah Kate Ellis
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Oprah Winfrey & Sarah Kate Ellis

Oprah Winfrey
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Oprah Winfrey

Reneé Rapp
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Reneé Rapp

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez

Sherry Cola
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Sherry Cola

Matt Bomer
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Matt Bomer

JoJo Siwa
Photo by Jeff Vespa

JoJo Siwa

Allison Williams
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Allison Williams

Allison Williams & Alexander Dreymon
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Allison Williams & Alexander Dreymon

Alexander Dreymon
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Alexander Dreymon

Matt Bomer, Allison Williams & Jelani Alladin
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Matt Bomer, Allison Williams & Jelani Alladin

Jelani Alladin
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Jelani Alladin

Jasmin Savoy Brown
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Jasmin Savoy Brown

Liv Hewson
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Liv Hewson

Liv Hewson & Jasmin Savoy Brown
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Liv Hewson & Jasmin Savoy Brown

Chyler Leigh
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Chyler Leigh

Trace Lysette
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Trace Lysette

Shangela
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Shangela

Samantha Lux & Frankie James Grande
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Samantha Lux & Frankie James Grande

Salina EsTitties,Luxx Noir London & Mistress Isabelle Brooks
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Salina EsTitties, Luxx Noir London & Mistress Isabelle Brooks

Salina EsTitties
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Salina EsTitties

Mistress Isabelle Brooks
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Mistress Isabelle Brooks

Luxx Noir London
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Luxx Noir London

Michelle Visage
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Michelle Visage

Dylan Mulvaney
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Dylan Mulvaney

Priyanka
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Priyanka

Meredith Marks
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Meredith Marks

Mayan Lopez
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Mayan Lopez

Jodi Balfour
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Jodi Balfour

ALOK
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ALOK

Chrishell Stause
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Chrishell Stause

G Flip
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G Flip

Christine Chiu
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Christine Chiu

Cristóbal Fernández
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Cristóbal Fernández

David Archuleta
Photo by Jeff Vespa

David Archuleta

UMI
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UMI

Alexandra Vittz
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Alexandra Vittz

Fedro
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Fedro

Ashlee Marie Preston
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Ashlee Marie Preston

Constance Marie
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Constance Marie

Fancy Hagood
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Fancy Hagood

Vincent Rodriguez III
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Vincent Rodriguez III

Tarek Ali
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Tarek Ali

Ruby Bella Cruz
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Ruby Bella Cruz

Ronen Rubinstein
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Ronen Rubinstein

Paloma Garcia-Lee
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Paloma Garcia-Lee

Omar Sharif Jr.
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Omar Sharif Jr.

James Charles
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James Charles

Jade LeMac
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Jade LeMac

Isis King
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Isis King

Gloria Calderón Kellett
Photo by Jeff Vespa

Gloria Calderón Kellett

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