GLAAD Media Awards attendees reveal who inspires them: Melissa Etheridge, Frankie Grande and more


The GLAAD Media Awards brought together some of the most influential LGBTQ media personalities and allies on Saturday night in New York City, and AOL Entertainment was there to catch up with the star-studded crowd on the red carpet.

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Before the ceremony, put on in partnership with Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, we caught up with some of the most inspiring famous faces at the GLAAD Media Awards to ask them who inspires them day-to-day to live their truths and continue to push the boundaries of acceptance and representation in the media.

Frankie Grande, reality star and YouTube personality: "My sister [Ariana Grande] inspires me. She’s a huge inspiration to me every day. She makes me unbelievably proud, as do my mommy and my Nona. I’m so fortunate to have these unbelievably strong and empowered women influencing every day of my life."

Gigi Gorgeous, YouTube personality: "Laverne Cox really inspires me every single day. From her breakout role -- when I got to know her -- on ‘Orange is the New Black,’ with her playing a trans character in the mainstream entertainment industry right now is so important, because it really frustrates me when I see people who aren’t trans playing trans characters. It’s so annoying, because it’s great that they’re being represented, but lets have a trans girl do it! They’re out there and willing."

Melissa Etheridge, singer: "Rachel Maddow. She’s amazing."

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Joshua Rush, "Andy Mack" star: "In the business, George Clooney is the epitome of inspiration because he’s such an incredible actor but also is this kind of political figure who has made himself so powerful in that field. To be able to be an activist in politics and philanthropy and also be an incredible actor, that would be a dream come true. In my personal life, I really like up to my parents, and they’re the ones who keep me humble and remind me to be myself no matter what anyone else thinks of it."

Nathan Lee Graham, actor: "My friend, my idol, my colleague Earttha Kitt, God rest her soul, was just so inspiring. She was so singular, and she was a mentor to me and that was my first big inspiration. She continues to do so in her death. What really inspires me now is young people really having something to fight for. You can skirt through life, but when you are actually confronted with something, it makes your life more meaningful. I’m excited about young people really going for it, fighting for something and speaking up."

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