Over the weekend, one of the standouts of the GLAAD Media Award ceremony in San Francisco was author, scholar and Huff Post Live host Marc Lamont Hill's win in "Outstanding Digital Journalism Article" for EBONY.com's "Why Aren't We Fighting for CeCe McDonald?"
The award was presented by actress, reality star and activist Laverne Cox, and Kortney Ryan Ziegler, the Bay Area-based filmmaker, writer, scholar and activist. Watch the presentation and Hill's speech AFTER THE JUMP ...
"No issue has been more important to me, none has been more special to me than writing about CeCe McDonald," said Hill. "This speaks to the many, many battles we have in front of us as an LGBT community, as an ally community, as a community of people who are struggling to create a world that is more fair, more just, more democratic and ultimately just more free. We have so much work to do."
Watch the presentation and Hill's speech AFTER THE JUMP ...
Numerous studies have shown that Black and Latina trans women are at the greatest risk of violence and the murders of Black transgender women often remain unsolved. Black trans women face "extreme discrimination and poverty", and are more than likely to experience violence, physical or sexual abuse, police brutality, HIV/AIDS and bullying, according to a first of its kind survey conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Black Justice Coalition.
Laverne Cox co-stars in the GLAAD Media Award-nominated film Musical Chairs.
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. is the director of the critically-acclaimed film STILL BLACK: A Portrait of Black Transmen. Ziegler was also the first person to receive a doctorate in African American Studies from Northwestern University. Ziegler's blog blac(k)ademic was nominated by the GLAAD Media Awards for "Outstanding Blog" this year.
On a personal note: Marc Lamont Hill is an R20 friend and it is fantastic that he won especially for an article on Black trans women at EBONY.com. It's great to see so many nominations and wins in the EBONY extended family this year and last. Bravo.