EXCLUSIVE: Comedian Wanda Sykes Set To Host 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
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Wanda Sykes will host the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The event, set to take place in Los Angeles, honors media for fair and inclusive representations of LGBTQ issues and people. Britney Spears and Jim Parsons are set to be honored at the event, which will include guests like Lena Waithe, Adam Rippon, Gigi Gorgeous, and more. 

Sykes currently appears on ABC hit Black-ish and has been a vocal opponent of California’s Proposition 8, using her platform to fundraise and host events for marriage equality.

In 2013, the comedian and actress also opened up about being a Black gay woman in Hollywood, what she described as the “trifecta of discrimination,” for Oprah’s Next Chapter. 

Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO, calls Sykes “the perfect host” for the annual event, “Wanda Sykes’ humor, wit, and status as one of the most visible out women in Hollywood make her the perfect host for the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. At a time when LGBTQ acceptance and equality are eroding, it’s more important than ever that we celebrate the best in LGBTQ representation, and share a few laughs along the way.”

The GLAAD Media Awards will take place April 12 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles with additional special guests being announced in the coming weeks.