Robert De Niro on Equality, North Carolina: 'The Struggle Continues'

De Niro, Mariah Carey and others recognized at 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards

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Robert De Niro on Equality, North Carolina: 'The Struggle Continues'
Robert De Niro and Mariah Carey were among the recipients at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards.

GLAAD, the world's leading LGBT media advocacy organization, held its 27th annual Media Awards on Saturday. This year's ceremony held more significance in light of the controversial House Bill 2 legislation in North Carolina, which many view compromises LBGT rights. 

"Remember oppressive laws like the ones in North Carolina," Robert De Niro said accepting the award for Excellence in Media. "The struggle continues and challenges us to be vigilant and aggressive in protecting all our rights." Mariah Carey, who won the Ally Award, praised marriage equality. Jennifer Lawrence, Aziz Ansari, Caitlyn Jenner, Diane Sawyer and Connie Britton also showed their support. 

The event was hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox, who will be starring as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the upcoming Fox TV remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show.