New York City -
Glee's Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith hosted as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) honored producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago, Hairspray, Smash) and the best in television, film and journalism Saturday night at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York.
At the ceremony, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters and actor John Stamos presented the Vito Russo Award to Zadan and Meron. The Vito Russo Award is presented to openly LGBT media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.
"I want to thank GLAAD for selecting us to be honored, and for their extraordinary work every single day," Zadan said in his acceptance speech. "When we did The Reagans, we had death threats for telling the truth about that President's outright refusal to acknowledge the growing AIDS crisis in America. We would not have survived that ordeal, I must point out, without the help of GLAAD. They got us through the political firestorm leveled against us by the Republican National Committee. So we got to see first hand what GLAAD's capable of accomplishing when they mobilize the troops, and thank God for them."
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.
Other guests and presenters at the event included: Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn); hip hop icon Russell Simmons; Megan Hilty (Smash); Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef); MSNBC's Thomas Roberts; Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock); La La Anthony (La La's Full Court Life); Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband Victor Voronov; Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore); Ted Allen (Chopped); Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Becoming Chaz, Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys); Alex Newell, Emily Vasquez, Marissa Von Bleicken (The Glee Project); Tracey Gold (Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold); Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams Show); Laverne Cox (Musical Chairs); Jay Manuel, Isis King (America's Next Top Model); the cast of Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys; Janet Mock (People.com); Emil Wilbekin (Essence); Jamie Clayton (Hung); Stephen Karam, Charles Socarides (Sons of the Prophet); Robin Skye (Southern Comfort); Mega TV's Javier Ceriani (Paparazzi Magazine); and GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson. Attendees enjoyed performances by recording artist Todd Alsup and The Rockettes.
Complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday in New York:
Vito Russo Award: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (presented by Bernadette Peters and John Stamos)
Special Recognition Award: openly gay 17-year-old anti-bullying advocate, Katy Butler (presented by Harvey Weinstein)
Outstanding Film- Limited Release: Pariah (Focus Features) [accepted by: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans and producer Nekisa Cooper]
Outstanding Reality Program: Dancing with the Stars (ABC) [accepted by: Carson Kressley]
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "Battle Against Bullying" ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (ABC) [accepted by: reporter Josh Elliott]
Outstanding Magazine Article: TIE: "15th Anniversary of the Passage of the Defense of Marriage Act" (series) by Chris Geidner (Metro Weekly) [accepted by: Chris Geidner] and "Black & Gay in Corporate America" by Carolyn M. Brown (Black Enterprise) [accepted by: Carolyn M. Brown]
Outstanding TV Movie Or Mini Series: Cinema Verite (HBO)
Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine: "The 'Sissy Boy' Experiments" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Led by the Child Who Simply Knew" by Bella English (The Boston Globe) **Chicago's Windy City Times was nominated in this category**
Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Bruni (The New York Times)
Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The New York Times
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate/Out
Outstanding Digital Journalism-Multimedia: "Injustice at Every Turn" (ITLMedia.org)
Outstanding Blog: Towleroad (http://www.towleroad.com/) and Mombian (http://www.mombian.com)
Outstanding Music Artist: Lady Gaga, Born This Way (Interscope Records)
Outstanding Comic Book: Batwoman by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman (DC Comics)
Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre: No Word in Guyanese for Me by Wendy Graf
Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway & Off Broadway: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner
Outstanding New York Theatre: Off-Off Broadway: Southern Comfort book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis
Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode: "Lesbianas celebran 10 años" Caso Cerrado (Telemundo)
Outstanding Talk Show Interview: "Entrevista con Raquel Gómez y Mony Ruiz Velasco" Al Punto (Univision)
Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine: "Asesino" Primer Impacto (Univision)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "Ángeles del cambio" Noticiero 34 (KMEX TV-34 [Los Angeles, Calif.])
Outstanding Newspaper Article: TIE: "Casamiento e hijos biológicos para pareja gay hispana de EEUU" by Claudia Torrens ( Associated Press) and "Madre hay una sola, no necesariamente" by Virginia Gaglianone (La Opinión)
Outstanding Magazine Article: "Nueva York ? la igualdad" by Michelle Oyola (People en Español)
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Las 7 señales de un niño transgénero" by Paula Andalo (Univision.com)
Outstanding Music Artist: Ricky Martin, Música + Alma + Sexo (Sony Music Latin)
Special Recognition: El Diario la Prensa
Additional awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 21 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, and in San Francisco on June 2 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.