By Katrina Robinson
The mission of the GLAAD Media Awards is to “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.”
While that sounds right and good, what does it really mean? What types of organizations and individuals are honored at this respected event?
The New York awards show took place on March 13th and handed out a variety of awards to recipients in 24 of this year’s 32 media categories. Joy Behar received an Excellence in Media Award due to her consistently voicing her support for LGBT equality on The View, The Joy Behar Show, and other shows and outlets that she participates in.
Cynthia Nixon was the second honoree, awards with the Vito Russo Award, which is presented to openly homosexual members of the entertainment community. Nixon is a Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winner and publicly announced her relationship with activist Christine Marinoni in 2006. Nixon is very active in LGBT equality campaigns; she even announced her engagement to Marinoni at a rally for marriage equality in May 2009.
Among the television shows honored at the GLAAD Media Awards are Brothers & Sisters and Parks & Recreation. Parks & Recreation were honored for the best individual episode, while Brothers & Sisters was awarded due to its approach to the GLBT community and the openly gay character Kevin Walker, played by Matthew Rhys.
More recipients will be announced at the Los Angeles show on April 17 and the San Francisco show on June 5.