“The New Normal” received top television honors at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards. In the clip that can be seen above, Matthew Bomer presents Ryan Murphy and the cast of the show the award with a touching tribute.
“Television has the unique capacity to bring subjects we may not be comfortable with or which may seem taboo directly into our living room on a week-to-week basis. When these topics are grounded in compassion, humor and understanding, they can spark a conversation and not always, but sometimes, that conversation can dissolve ignorance,” Bomer says when presenting the award to Murphy. “In the same vein as Norman Lear before him, Ryan Murphy has taken hot button issues and started conversations in homes across the country. He’s done more to create mainstream, widely accepted LGBT characters and stories, hired more openly gay actors, actresses and writers and done more to advance our equality than anyone else in the business.”
Bomer continues, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ryan a couple of times already and we’re currently in pre-production on ‘The Normal Heart.’ Ryan could have made any movie he wanted, and he chose to tell Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking story that is as important and relevant now as it was in 1982, once again starting conversations. He has the biggest heart of anyone I know, and we are all grateful to him for his contributions for equality.”
For his part, Murphy talks in his acceptance speech about the way the television business has changed over the past decade or so. Back in 1999 when he was making “Popular” he was asked to make a character “less gay,” and he proudly shares that “that doesn’t happen anymore.” When the lowest tested scene in the “New Normal” pilot was the make out scene between Bryan and David, the executives on the show told him to “forget about it, it’s a beautiful scene. It will change people’s hearts and minds, so keep it in.” That’s change for the better if we’ve ever heard it.
Murphy adds, “I would like to dedicate that award tonight to Miss Sarah Paulson who is such a brilliant actress and gave the heroine of Lana Winters such heart and soul.”