The 22nd Annual GlAAD Media Awards was held in New York City last night, honoring the past year’s best representations of the lgbt community in film, television, theater, blogging and the mainstream media.
Ricky Martin was honored with the Vito Russo Award, which honors a celebrity who contributed to gay rights in a big way over the past year. And as most remember, the Latin pop singer came out in his book Me, and did a big special on Oprah featuring his struggles with his sexuality. (The Oprah special featuring Martin also won Outstanding Talk Show Episode.)
Hip hop pioneer an mogul Russell Simmons received the Excellence in Media Award for his work in support of equality and battling the homophobia prevalent in rap music. Tina Fey was on hand to 30 Rock‘s win for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character) and True Blood won Outstanding Drama Series, with Denis O’Hare (who plays Russell Edgington, the gay vampire king of Mississippi) accepting on the show’s behalf. Anderson Copper also took home an award for his coverage of the 8 teen suicides due to anti-gay bullying that gripped the nations last summer.
Check out Ricky Martin’s acceptance speech and a list of the winners below:
GLAAD Media Awards 2011 Winners:
Excellence in Media Award: Russell Simmons
Vito Russo Award: Ricky Martin
Outstanding Drama Series: True Blood
Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character): the 30 Rock episode “Klaus & Greta”
Outstanding Digital Journalism-Multimedia: “Bridal Bliss: Aisha and Danielle” by Bobbi Misick (Essence.com)
Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Ricky Martin Coming Out as a Gay Man and a New Dad” on The Oprah Winfrey Show
Outstanding TV Journalist-Newsmagazine: “Gay Teen Suicides” (series) Anderson Cooper 360
Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi’s Suicide Spurs Action Across the U.S.” by Judy Peet of the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J.
Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Rich, the New York Times
Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: the Denver Post
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate/Out
Outstanding Music Artist: Scissor Sisters, Night Work
Outstanding Comic Book: X-Factor by Peter David
Outstanding Blog: Joe. My. God
Outstanding Los Angeles Theater: Something Happened by L. Trey Wilson
Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway: The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell
Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway: When Last We Flew by Harrison David Rivers