Last night in NYC, NY the 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards were handed out at the Marriott Marquis Times Square to a select group of individuals for their excellence in fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. Among this year’s honorees is popstar Ricky Martin (who came out publicly as gay last year) and the TV shows True Blood & 30 Rock. Check out some photos and deets from the ceremony below.
Russell Simmons, Ricky Martin and the HBO drama series “True Blood” are among this year’s recipients of media awards from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Other winners of the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented Saturday in New York, include the NBC comedy “30 Rock” and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ for its series on gay teen suicides. Music mogul Simmons received the Excellence in Media Award. Martin was cited for an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in which the pop singer discussed raising twin boys and his decision to come out as gay. Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo were also recognized. Scissor Sisters were named outstanding music artists for the album “Night Work.” The website Essence.com was saluted for outstanding digital journalism. Nonelectronic media winners include The New York Times columnist Frank Rich and Peter David for his Marvel comic book “X-Factor.” The GLAAD Media Awards recognize fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives in the media. Winners were announced in 25 of this year’s total of 32 media categories. The remaining awards will be presented at ceremonies to be held in Los Angeles and San Francisco in April and May, respectively.
At first I bristled at the notion that Ricky Martin was being honored with a trophy just because he came out of the closet as gay … but the more I thought about it, the more I can understand why his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show is worthy of celebration. Ricky‘s appearance on Oprah as a single gay father had a huge impact, I’m sure, on all of the gay and lesbian families out there who yearn to see their stories reflected in the media fairly and honestly. And that is what the GLAAD Media Awards serve to honor. Congratulations to all the winners honored in NYC last night. Next up, the GLAAD Media Awards ceremony in LA next month!