Jennifer Coolidge was the star of the show at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on March 30. She kicked off the evening with a hilarious speech, wearing a glamorous black gown and a sparkly headpiece. “Here I am again surrounded by gays,” she began. “Wow, it’s the story of my life.”
Coolidge went on to emphasize the importance of media that “helps the world understand and accept the LGBTQ+ community.” She said, “I believe we all have the right to be who we are and to love the people we love and to tell our stories and to celebrate that in whatever way we can.”
The audience was then treated to another surprise when Coolidge’s longtime friend and former “Best in Show” costar Jane Lynch joined her on stage to present the social impact award. Lynch praised her friend, saying, “This wonderful woman here was pro-gay before it was cool to be pro-gay. She is one of us ladies and gentleman. I have always said the world has to catch up to Jennifer Coolidge and the world has caught up to Jennifer Coolidge.” Coolidge was clearly touched by the honor, repeatedly saying, “Wow.”
Coolidge has taken home numerous awards throughout award season for her role as Tanya in “The White Lotus,” and it seems the world has finally caught up to her epic talents. Watch the heartwarming speeches from the GLAAD Awards and see more photos of Coolidge’s night.