Critics’ Choice Association’s Inaugural LGBTQ Celebration Photos: Quinta Brunson, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez & More


The Critics’ Choice Association kicked off Pride Month on Friday with its first-ever Celebration of LGBTQ+ Cinema & Television.

Hosted by Joy Ride and Good Trouble star Sherry Cola, the inaugural gala recognized the achievements of the LGBTQ entertainment community, with Nathan Lane, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez and RuPaul’s Drag Race among the honorees.

Lane was presented with the Career Achievement Award, following years of seminal onscreen roles in The Birdcage, The Lion King and Dicks: The Musical. Rodriguez earned the Vanguard Award for her performance on the Apple TV+ series Loot, and RPDR was presented with the Trailblazer Award.

“It’s so special, celebrating the work and the resilience and the beauty of the LGBTQ+ community,” Cola told CCA on the red carpet. “That’s all I care about. When I wake up, that’s the mantra. Let’s keep fighting and make noise, and not settle for anything less than what we deserve.”

Other honorees included Abe Sylvia, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Chris Perfetti, the producers of Fellow Travelers, George Takei, Henry R. Muñoz III, Kristen Kish, Luke Gilford, Shakina and We’re Here.

Charlize Theron was in attendance for the event, presenting the Reality TV Award to We’re Here, which was accepted by co-creators Johnnie Ingram and Stephen Warren, along with showrunner Peter LoGreco, and stars Sasha Velour, Priyanka, Jaida Essence Hall and Latrice Royale.

Ricky Martin also made an appearance, presenting the Showrunner Award to Palm Royale‘s Sylvia. “I knew I wanted to be a part of this show before I even read the script. I read the role of Robert. I wanted to bring Abe’s words to life because I love Abe’s words. He’s incredible,” raved Martin.

The Critics’ Choice Association’s Celebration of LGBTQ+ Cinema & Television is now streaming on HereTV.

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