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 March 16 at the 24th 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.
Photographs from the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York may be found immediately atwww.wireimage.com or www.glaad.org/mediaawards . Video clips are now available atwww.youtube.com/glaad .
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.
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 visitwww.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 saw 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.
Following is a complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced in New York. 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.
— Vito Russo Award: Anderson Cooper (presented by Madonna)
— Ally Award: Brett Ratner (presented by Russell Simmons)
— 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)
— 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 Whale by 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: "OperaciÃ"n 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 RamÃ"n Frisneda (ElDiarioNY.com )
Windy City Times was up for Outstanding Newspaper Article for its Generation Halsted series, but lost to an article on NFL punter Chris Kluwe in the City Pages publication in Minneapolis.