Carol, Transparent, and Sense8 Win at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards

Lilly Wachowski. Photo: Frazer Harrison/2016 Getty Images

Transparent, Sense8, and Carol took home some of top prizes at the annual GLAAD Media Awards, which honor TV, film, and journalism that offers "fair, accurate and inclusive representations" of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. Demi Lovato, meanwhile, received the Vanguard Award, while Orange Is the New Black's Ruby Rose received the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which was presented by Taylor Swift in a surprise appearance.

The night also marked Lilly Wachowski's first public appearance since she announced her transition last month. In her acceptance speech for Sense8, Wachowski thanked the "fabulous people at GLAAD" and then added a jab at the reporter who attempted to force her outing: "as well as the extremely sensitive and courteous people at the Daily Mail. Thanks guys." "Love is a crucial thing for transgender people. It’s a tether," the director said of her experience as a trans woman. "When faced with a rather simple proposition of whether you’re unlovable, our imagination falters. Too many of us end up on the wrong side of the existential question of love or oblivion. And so we ring that bell. Not just for everyone else’s sake, but our own."

The Los Angeles ceremony will air on Logo on April 4. More awards will be presented in New York on May 14. See the full list of winners below.

Outstanding Film — Wide Release

Outstanding Comedy Series

Outstanding Drama Series

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series

Outstanding Documentary
Kumu Hina

Outstanding Reality Program (tie)
I Am Cait
I Am Jazz

Outstanding Daily Drama
The Bold and the Beautiful

Special Recognition
Beautiful As I Want to Be,
This Is Me,
Amazon Instant Video

Outstanding Music Artist
Troye Sivan

Outstanding Comic Book

Outstanding Talk-Show Episode
"Janet Mock," Super Soul Sunday

Outstanding Novela
Rastros de Mentiras, MundoMax

Outstanding Television Interview (Spanish-Language)
"Orientación Sexual y Acoso Escolar" Realidades en Contexto, CNN en Español

Outstanding Local Television Interview (Spanish-Language)
"La nueva Transgeneración," Enfoque Los Ángeles, KVEA-Telemundo 52 [Los Ángeles]

Outstanding Local-TV Journalism (Spanish-Language)
"Cada 29 Horas," Noticias 19, KUVS-Univision 19 [Sacramento]

Outstanding Newspaper Article (Spanish-Language)
"Padres transgénero - El único requisito para ser papá es el amor por los hijos" por Virginia Gaglianone, La Opinión

Outstanding Digital-Journalism Article (Spanish-Language)
"Perú: violaciones correctivas: El terrible método para 'curar' a las lesbianas" por Leire Ventas,

Outstanding Music Artist (Spanish-Language)
Ricky Martin