Dolly Parton, Colin Farrell, Sean Hayes, Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Allison Janney, Melissa Etheridge, Joel McHale, Kirsten Dunst, and Chaz Bono were among the celebrities who joined the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as it honored Kristin Chenoweth, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, and the best in television and journalism last night at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, hosted by Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones. Check out highlights from the event by clicking below!
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, country music legend Dolly Parton, presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Robert Greenblatt, whose career as a television executive has led to some of the most fair, accurate and inclusive LGBT images ever seen in primetime, including Six Feet Under, Queer as Folk, The L Word, and United States of Tara. The Stephen F. Kolzak Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.
"I'm very grateful to everyone at GLAAD for thinking of me for this honor," Greenblatt said in his acceptance speech. "I salute all the producers, writers, network executives, and actors who took on the issue and broke ground way before I did --- and who continue to do it today. Many of you are in the room tonight. I share this award with you. While we still have a long way to go, we have made great strides both politically and in our media. May that not only continue, but increase in velocity... because we can help change the way the world thinks about LGBT people, not to mention how LGBT people think about themselves."
Also at the event, Sean Hayes presented the Vanguard Award to Emmy and Tony Award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth, who has spoken out repeatedly for full equality for LGBT people. In 2010, Chenoweth publically challenged a controversial Newsweek article which incorrectly asserted that gay actors cannot play straight roles. The Vanguard Award is presented to individuals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community in the media.
"I want to encourage many people of all faiths to come forward and stand with me," Chenoweth said in her remarks. "Even if you don't believe in Jesus the way I do, he did teach love -- not just tolerance, but acceptance. I'm lucky I had parents who adopted me at birth, conservative Southern Baptists who said, 'You will love everyone the same'...Mostly I would like to thank GLAAD for this amazing, amazing honor. This is the biggest honor I have ever received."
It was a tie in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, with both Fox's Glee and ABC's Modern Family taking home the award. Chris Colfer and Mike O'Malley accepted the award on behalf of Glee, while Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen and Ariel Winter accepted for Modern Family. Season eight contestants Mondo Guerra and Michael Costello, along with producer Jonathan Murray, accepted the award on behalf of Project Runway which received the nod for Outstanding Reality Program. The award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment was accepted by MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell, Fort Worth, Texas City Councilmember Joel Burns and his husband, J.D. Angle, for their interview on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.