Monday, April 28, 2008

GLAAD Tidings

The 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards were held at the Kodak Theater over the weekend where special honorees Janet Jackson and Rufus Wainwright were presented awards in addition to a couple of pretty big ABC TV shows that also won awards for outstanding achievement in GLBT visibility. Here are a few pics from Saturday night's red carpet:

Photo credit: Splash News

Two ABC series were in repeats — as winners — at the annual awards honoring good work in media presentations of gays and lesbians. "Brothers & Sisters" and "Ugly Betty" received awards for outstanding drama and comedy series during the 19th annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards at the Kodak Theatre on Saturday night. Both shows, which feature openly gay or transsexual regular characters, received the same awards last year from GLAAD. On "Brothers & Sisters," Matthew Rhys plays Kevin, a lawyer sibling whose dating life is frequently depicted on the drama. "Ugly Betty" features Marc St. James, the flamboyantly gay assistant played by Michael Urie, as well as Alexis Meade, the transsexual editor played by Rebecca Romijn. Other winners included Bravo's "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" for outstanding reality program, Janet Jackson for the Vanguard Award and Rufus Wainwright for the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, in honor of the late casting director who fought homophobia in the entertainment industry. According to GLAAD, the awards honor individuals and projects in media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. The awards are split into four ceremonies, held in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and San Francisco in March, April and May.

What an incredible awards show. To think that for 19 years, awards have been handed out to brave people and companies that have taken up the mantle of portraying GLBT people in a positive light ... which is no small task. If you consider that gay jokes are very present in most comedies and that you hardly ever hear anyone speak up on behalf of gay people whenever someone makes those kinds of jokes, well, it's very easy for that sort of behavior to be accepted as the norm. I love that very popular TV shows like Ugly Betty and Brothers and Sisters integrate gay characters so fully into their storylines without explanation and without comment so that Middle America can see them as regular characters, the way it should be. I thing ABC should be commended for their commitment to positive GLBT visibility. And I really look forward to the day when awards shows like the GLAAD Media Awards are no longer required to exist because positive GLBT visibility will just be an everyday, run-of-the-mill occurrence. [Source, Source]