GLAAD Media Awards: Caitlyn Jenner and Diane Sawyer honored for groundbreaking ’20/20′ interview
Last night at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, Nashville star Connie Britton presented the award for Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine to 20/20 for Bruce Jenner: The Interview.
Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, and David Sloan, senior executive producer, accepted on behalf of the show.
It was back in April 2015 when the Olympic legend still known then as Bruce Jenner shared with Sawyer that he identified as a woman and planned to publicly transition and live life authentically.
That was more than a month before the world was re-introduced to Jenner as Caitlyn on the cover of Vanity Fair.
During the Sawyer interview, Jenner’s conservative politics seemed a minor part of the story. That part has grown and even dominated the discussion of Jenner during this election season.
But the groundbreaking interview shined the spotlight on issues facing the transgender community, highlighted the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation, and provided viewers with online educational resources.
The special drew huge ratings, with 16.9 million viewers tuning in (ultimately reaching 22 million by week’s end), and it also sparked dialogue on social media, with 972,000 tweets largely supportive of Jenner.