The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation gala in New York honored the best representations of gay community members in various media outlets including music, television, film, blogs and others. Glee stars Cory Montieth and Naya Rivera hosted the event.
Although not present at the ceremony, Lady Gaga won outstanding music artist for her 2011 album Born This Way. Smash producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (Chicago, Hairspray) received honors for their series, which features a healthy gay relationship during a Broadway show.
Being gay is “part of who I am, so it impacts the work that we do,” Zadan said. Meron said the two spent years working to “fight, persuade and manipulate” the entertainment industry to incorporate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters and stories.
Last year’s indie film Pariah, following a lesbian black teenager in Brooklyn, earned an award as outstanding film in limited release award. HBO’s Cinema Verite won best TV movie or miniseries. Openly gay high school student Katy Butler received a special honor in recognition of her anti-bullying efforts, while the award for outstanding TV segment went to ABC World News with Diane Sawyer for “Battle Against Bullying.”
Dancing With the Stars, featuring contestant Chaz Bono, the transgender child of Cher and Sonny Bono, was recognized as the year’s outstanding reality TV program. Other awards went to Oprah Winfrey, playwright Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, the New York Times, the Boston Globe and The Advocate.
GLAAD plans to present more media awards in Los Angeles on April 21st and San Francisco on June 2nd.