Good Morning America’s Sam Champion, Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer hosted as GLAAD honored journalist, author and talk show host Anderson Cooper and the best in television, film and journalism last night at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. Madonna, Bernadette Peters, Dan Stevens, Russell Simmons, Milla Jovovich, Jake Shears, Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo were among the special guests.
New York, Saturday, March 16, 2013 - GLAAD Media Award recipients were announced in 16 of this year’s 33 media categories at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented nationally by Ketel One and Wells Fargo, and locally by Delta Air Lines, at the New York Marriott Marquis on Saturday night. Additional award recipients will be announced in Los Angeles on April 20 at the JW Marriott, and in San Francisco on May 11 at the Hilton San Francisco – Union Square.
At the ceremony, Madonna presented the Vito Russo Award to her longtime friend, Anderson Cooper. The Vito Russo Award is presented to openly LGBT media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.
Madonna wore a Cub Scout uniform and expressed her support for GLAAD’s year-long campaign to end the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay scouts and scout leaders, saying “I think they should change their stupid rules, don’t you?”
Anderson Cooper accepted the Vito Russo Award from Madonna, saying “I’ve had so many blessings in my life, and being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings. It has allowed me to love and to be loved and to help open my head and my heart in ways I could never have predicted. The ability to love one another, the ability to love another person is, in my opinion, one of God’s greatest gifts, and I thank God every day for enabling me to give and share love with the people in my life – my family, and my friends, and my partner Benjamin. Thank you very much, and thank you for being here.”
Also at the event, hip hop mogul Russell Simmons presented the Ally Award to director Brett Ratner, in advance of GLAAD’s premiere of a public service announcement (PSA) campaign helmed by Ratner. The GLAAD “Coming Out for Equality” PSA series features a diverse group of straight celebrities and athletes “coming out of the closet” as supporters of equality and calling for other Americans to speak out.
Accepting the award, Ratner said, “In my life I’ve spent a lot of time searching deep into my heart for what my true values and beliefs are, and I know that I have love in my heart for everyone. But it doesn’t count for much if a word has been said by me that helps to perpetuate and validate the people out there that are truly bigoted and hateful. After some examination I have taken some steps that I hope will stamp out thoughtless bigotry. Together, with a number of my friends, we made some PSAs with the hope of changing people’s behavior and helping them become allies for all equality. It’s been truly rewarding and I’m grateful and humbled to receive this honor from GLAAD.”
After a speech calling for greater efforts to end discrimination against transgender people, GLAAD President Herndon Graddick was joined onstage by 12-year-old transgender girl Jazz and her family, and by 6-year-old transgender girl Coy Mathis and her family. Graddick urged everyone to visit www.glaad.org/coymathis to sign a petition calling on Coy’s school to treat transgender students equally.
Director David France accepted the award for Outstanding Documentary for his film How to Survive a Plague. He was joined by ACT UP co-founder Peter Staley, who appeared in the film. Executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were joined by cast members Bernadette Peters, Christian Borle, Andy Mientus, Wesley Taylor, and Krysta Rodriguez as they picked up the statuette on behalf of Smash,which received the award for Outstanding Drama Series. Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge (aka The Fabulous Beekman Boys) accepted the award for The Amazing Race in the Outstanding Reality Program category.
Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott, and Sam Champion hosted the event. Guests enjoyed performances by the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and by the Vogue Evolution dance crew. Other guests and presenters at the event included: Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey); Bernadette Peters, Christian Borle, Andy Mientus, Wesley Taylor, Krysta Rodriguez, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron (Smash); music producer Russell Simmons; Milla Jovovich (The Three Musketeers); John Leguizamo (Kick-Ass 2); NFL players Chris Kluwe & Brendon Ayanbadejo; Annie Clark, Cristine Prosperi (Degrassi); Laverne Cox,Susan Seidelman (Musical Chairs); David France, Peter Staley (How to Survive a Plague); Nigel Barker(The Face); authors Augusten Burroughs, Andrew Sullivan, David Mixner, Andrew Solomon, Helen Boyd and Jennifer Boylan; Brent Ridge, Josh Kilmer-Purcell (The Amazing Race); Melissa Harris-Perry,Thomas Roberts (MSNBC); Avan Jogia (Twisted); Mo Rocca (My Grandmother’s Ravioli); Joan Koplan,Dennis Croft (Small Town Security); Carmen Carrera (RuPaul’s Drag Race); “Mama June” Shannon (Here Comes Honey Boo Boo); Nicole ”Snookie” Polizzi, Jennifer ”JWoww” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino (The Jersey Shore); Anthony Carinno, John Colaneri (Kitchen Cousins); radio host Elvis Duran; GLAAD National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz and GLAAD President Herndon Graddick.
Now in its third year in New York, the Young Adults at the GLAAD Media Awards program allowed over 200 youth and young adults from the greater New York area to attend the event for free. Support from corporate partners Major League Baseball and Bridgestone Americas allowed GLAAD to make this program possible. Students affiliated with Bucknell University, the AIDS Center of Queens County, New York University and the Hetrick-Martin Institute enjoyed the show, as well as a pre-reception advocacy fair and a private after-party.
Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Awards presented on stage:
- Vito Russo Award: Anderson Cooper (presented by Madonna)
- Outstanding Drama Series: Smash (NBC)
- Outstanding Documentary: How to Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects)
- Outstanding Reality Program: The Amazing Race (CBS)
- Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “Being Transgender in America”Melissa Harris-Perry (MSNBC)
- Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Obama Endorses Marriage Equality” Good Morning America (ABC)
GLAAD also presented the Ally Award to film director Brett Ratner and premiered a public service announcement (PSA) campaign helmed by Ratner. The GLAAD “Coming Out for Equality” PSA series features a diverse group of straight celebrities and athletes “coming out of the closet” as supporters of equality and calling for other Americans to speak out.
The following is a list of other award recipients announced at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York.
- Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Game Changer” by Andy Mannix (City Pages [Minneapolis, Minn.])
- Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Bruni (The New York Times)
- Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The Boston Globe
- Outstanding Magazine Article: “School of Hate” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely (Rolling Stone)
- Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate/Out
- Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway & Off Broadway: The Whaleby Samuel D. Hunter
- Outstanding New York Theatre: Off-Off Broadway: From White Plains written by Michael Perlman in collaboration with Fault Line Theatre
- Outstanding Talk Show Interview: “Entrevista con Orlando Cruz” Titulares Telemundo (Telemundo)
- Outstanding Magazine Article: “Amor genuino“ by Cristina Saralegui (People en Español)
- Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Operación tolerancia: la lucha contra la homofobia en los medios hispanos” by Lilia Luciano (voces.huffingtonpost.com)
- Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “2013: Año clave para la comunidad gay” by Ramón Frisneda (ElDiarioNY.com)
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. GLAAD Media Award nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.
More information about the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards events in Los Angeles and San Francisco may be found at http://www.glaad.org/
About GLAAD: GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, visit www.glaad.org.
To view event photos visit GLAAD Facebook
Frank Ocean, Adam Lambert, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, ParaNorman, Cloud Atlas, Keep the Lights On, The New Normal, Smash, Modern Family, How to Survive a Plague,
The Amazing Race, Seventeen, Rolling Stone, Ebony.com, Towleroad, Caso Cerrado,
People en Español among nominees.
Los Angeles, Wednesday, January 16, 2013 – GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, announced today the nominees for its 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. By recognizing and honoring media for outstanding images of the LGBT community, the GLAAD Media Awards serve as a benchmark for the media industry and complement GLAAD’s work to bring LGBT images and stories to Americans.
For a full list of nominees visit http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/nominees.
Among the nominees: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring Ezra Miller, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson; Cloud Atlas, starring Ben Whishaw and James D’Arcy; NBC’s new hit shows The New Normal and Smash; Glee, Modern Family; the documentary How to Survive a Plague; The Amazing Race with the Fabulous Beekman Boys; an interview with Bishop Gene Robinson on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; Oprah’s hour-long visit with Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka; CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360; MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry;and Frank Ocean for his Channel Orange album. The list also includes GLAAD’s first nomination for a PG-rated animated film, ParaNorman, which also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.
Spanish-language nominees include Titulares Telemundo for their interview with openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz, news programs Primer Impacto and Encuentro, and People en Español.
“Images and stories from the LGBT community continue to push support for equality to historic levels,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “This year’s nominees enlighten and entertain, but also reflect a new American landscape where a growing majority accept and value their LGBT family, colleagues and friends. Now more than ever, viewers not only accept gay and transgender characters and plot lines, they expect them – just as they both accept and expect LGBT people to be a valuable part of their everyday lives.”
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 20 at the JW Marriott; and in San Francisco on May 11 at the Hilton San Francisco – Union Square. Special Honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks.
GLAAD announced 120 nominees in 25 English-language categories, and 33 Spanish-language nominees in 8 categories. In the English-language categories, cable networks earned 21 nominations, while broadcast networks garnered 17 nominations.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for equality.
The 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Over 85 volunteers serving on seven nominating juries considered nearly 1,000 media projects for nomination. Each year, the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco bring together more than 5,000 supporters to raise nearly $3.5 million for the organization’s work.
More than 100 corporate partners are showing their support, including National Presenting partners Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo, New York and Los Angeles Presenting partner Delta Air Lines, and San Francisco Presenting partner Southwest Airlines. GLAAD is also grateful to the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Platinum Underwriter corporate partner Anheuser-Busch, Inc. as well as Underwriter corporate partners: Allstate Insurance Company, Caesars Foundation, Disney-ABC Television Group/ESPN, New York Marriott Marquis & Renaissance Hotel, and PwC. For a full list of corporate partners and information on how to become a corporate partner, purchase tickets and place a tribute in the tribute book, please visit here.
To receive the latest updates on the GLAAD Media Awards, follow @glaad on Twitter and use the hashtag #glaadawards.
About GLAAD: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.
Source and graphic credit to: GLAAD
For all those CBS Television Show fans, viewers and lovers, remember to tune in your TV sets to watch the finales of your favorite action, drama, comedy and reality season finales starting April 29 to May 17, 2012 on CBS. Please read exclusive summary of what will happen on each show finale.
On Thursday, March 22, 2012 CBS announced the dates and storylines for its 2011-12 series’ season finales. (All times are ET/PT.)
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE – Lockhart & Gardner faces its biggest challenge yet when Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton) returns, joining forces with Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) to drive Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) firm into bankruptcy.
SUNDAY, MAY 6
8:00-10:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE – After traveling five continents, 22 cities and nearly 40,000 miles, the series’ 20th installment concludes in a special two-hour season finale as the final four Teams race through Japan and onto Honolulu where one Team will win the $1 million prize. Hosted by Phil Keoghan. (Two Hours)
MONDAY, MAY 7
8:00-9:00 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS – Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) use Caroline’s invite to a Manhattan gala as a means to meet Martha Stewart and present their cupcake business. Martha Stewart guest stars. (One Hour)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION – When a friend of the Sheriff becomes a prime suspect in his wife’s brutal murder, the investigation’s political fallout reveals the truth behind Russell’s (Ted Danson) troubled history with Finlay (Elisabeth Shue). Also, an old foe of the CSIs resurfaces and threatens the team.
THURSDAY, MAY 10
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY – Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) makes his final preparations to launch into space.
FRIDAY, MAY 11
8:00-9:00 PM UNDERCOVER BOSS – Jose Mas, the CEO of Mastec, one of the largest builders of telecommunication and energy systems in North America, goes undercover in his own company where he experiences a “jolting” revelation.
9:00-10:00 PM CSI: NY – When Mac (Gary Sinise) is shot, he finds himself in limbo as he fights for his life.
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS – Frank (Tom Selleck) races against the clock when he learns there’s solid intel indicating a terrorist attack, but no indication of the place or means.
SUNDAY, MAY 13
8:00-10:00 PM SURVIVOR: ONE WORLD – In the two-hour season finale, the remaining castaways vie for the chance to be named Sole Survivor and take home the million-dollar grand prize. Hosted by Jeff Probst. (Two Hours)
10:00-11:00 PM SURVIVOR: ONE WORLD LIVE REUNION SHOW
MONDAY, MAY 14
8:00-9:00 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER – On Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) wedding day, his wife is finally revealed, and the gang reminisces about the time they encouraged Ted to follow his heart and go after the one that got away. (One Hour)
9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN – Jake (Angus T. Jones) graduates from school and makes a huge decision about what to do with his life.
9:30-10:00 PM MIKE & MOLLY – Will Mike (Billy Gardell) and Molly (Melissa McCarthy) finally make it down the aisle?
10:00-11:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0 – Five-0 goes on a manhunt when one of their own is killed in the line of duty.
9:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES – The L.A. team is drawn into a deadly mind game against a master criminal motivated by revenge. (Two Hours)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
9:00-11:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS – When a federal bank is under attack, the BAU is called to negotiate a hostage situation. As events unfold in real-time, tensions rise as one of the team becomes a hostage. Also, Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) says goodbye. (Two Hours)
THURSDAY, MAY 17
8:30-9:00 PM RULES OF ENGAGEMENT – Jen (Bianca Kajlich) volunteers to throw Audrey (Megyn Price) a baby shower, but puts the wrong date on the invitation; Jeff (Patrick Warburton) takes a liking to Audrey’s maternity clothes; and Russell (David Spade) accomplishes great things when he decides to give up women.
9:00-10:00 PM PERSON OF INTEREST – As the clock ticks down, Reese (Jim Caviezel) winds up trapped with his POI in the most heavily surveilled part of the city, forced to rely on the help of Finch (Michael Emerson), Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Fusco (Kevin Chapman) to fend off the FBI, corrupt cops and a slew of old foes.
10:00-11:00 PM THE MENTALIST – After another failed attempt to defeat Red John, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) hits rock bottom, finds a lover and shoots one of his own.
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