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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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Amber Laign and Robin Roberts attend the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Lea Michele attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Alexis Bledel attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Melissa Ethridge attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Laverne Cox attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Nyle DiMarco attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli attend the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Gigi Gorgeous attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Gloria Carter attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Sandra Lee attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Adam Lambert attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Robin Roberts attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Brad Goreski attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Janet Mock attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Ross Mathews attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Nico Tortorella attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Frankie Grande attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Auli'i Cravalho attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Joshua Rush attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Tommy Dorfman attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Nathan Lee Graham attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis and GLAAD Board Member Pamela Stewart attend the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Stephanie Rice attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Dre Barone attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Nedra Belle attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Beth David and Esteban Bravo attend the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Geena Rocero attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Wrabel attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: GLAAD Board Member Tiffany R. Warren attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Amiyah Scott attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Brandon Wolf attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Eliza Lathan attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Alex Newell attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Reggie Bullock attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Alexis Michelle attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Zeke Smith attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Dusty Ray Bottoms attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Marti Gould Cummings attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Philip Picardi attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Juliet Evancho and Jackie Evancho attend the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Asia Kate Dillon attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Hilton Midtown on May 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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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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