Stars gathered Saturday (March 24) in New York for the annual GLAAD Media Awards.
Lady Gaga was honored as Outstanding Music Artist while “Dancing with the Stars” took home the award for Outstanding Reality Program. Former contestant Carson Kressley picked up the honor for the show. Oprah Winfrey, too, was recognized for her episode “Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests.”
“Glee’s” Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera hosted and also did their part by auctioning off kisses on stage in support of the organization. Former “Growing Pains” star Tracey Gold also spoke, saying “there is nothing unnatural about being gay” — a stance held by her former co-star Kirk Cameron.
Dakota Fanning, “Jersey Shore’s” Vinny Guadagnino, Padma Lakshmi, talk show host Wendy Williams, rap icon Russell Simmons and “Smash’s” Megan Hilty were also on hand.
Additional awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on April 21 and in San Francisco on June 2.
The full list of winners announced at the New York event:
Vito Russo Award: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (presented by Bernadette Peters and John Stamos)
Special Recognition Award: openly gay 17-year-old anti-bullying advocate, Katy Butler (presented by Harvey Weinstein)
Outstanding Film – Limited Release: Pariah (Focus Features) [accepted by: Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans]
Outstanding Reality Program: Dancing with the Stars (ABC) [accepted by: Carson Kressley]
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Battle Against Bullying” ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (ABC) [accepted by: reporter Josh Elliott]
Outstanding Magazine Article: TIE: “15th Anniversary of the Passage of the Defense of Marriage Act” (series) by Chris Geidner (Metro Weekly) [accepted by: Chris Geidner] and “Black & Gay in Corporate America” by Carolyn M. Brown (Black Enterprise) [accepted by: Carolyn M. Brown]
Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: “The ‘Sissy Boy’ Experiments” Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Led by the Child Who Simply Knew” by Bella English (The Boston Globe)
Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Bruni (The New York Times)
Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The New York Times
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate/Out
Outstanding Digital Journalism-Multimedia: “Injustice at Every Turn” (ITLMedia.org)
Outstanding Music Artist: Lady Gaga, Born This Way (Interscope Records)
Outstanding Comic Book: Batwoman by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman (DC Comics)
Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre: No Word in Guyanese for Me by Wendy Graf
Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway & Off Broadway: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner
Outstanding New York Theatre: Off-Off Broadway: Southern Comfort book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis