Samira Wiley will be honored at this year GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on May 5.
The Orange Is The New Black actress will receive the Vito Russo Award, which is presented to openly LGBTQ media professionals who have made significant difference in promoting acceptance. Previous honorees include Ricky Martin and Cynthia Nixon.
GLAAD also announced on Friday (March 23) that Ross Mathews will host the event, with special appearances by Halsey, Laverne Cox, Lea Michele, Wrabel, and Asia Kate Dillon.
“Samira Wiley’s moving and heartfelt portrayals of LGBTQ women have been groundbreaking and inspirational,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO.
“We live in a time when those living at multiple marginalized intersections are most in need of visibility, and Samira brings that visibility with talent, conviction, and grace.”