Tyra Banks, Phil Donahue Among GLAAD Media Award Winners

Mar 30, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards distributed its first batch of prizes Saturday night in New York. Among the honorees were talk show hosts Tyra Banks, Suze Orman and Phil Donahue.
Ms. Banks received the previously announced Excellence in Media Award for her work in educating the public on the lives of gay and transgender people through her shows “The Tyra Banks Show” and “America’s Next Top Model.”
Ms. Orman accepted the Vito Russo Award, given to an openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person who has made strides in the fight for equality for LGBT people.
Mr. Donahue received a special recognition award 20 years after he received a media award at the very first ceremony.
Other winners in the TV categories included CBS’ “As the World Turns” for outstanding daily drama and MSNBC’s “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” for Mr. Olbermann’s “Special Comment: Gay Marriage Is a Question of Love.”
Winners in the Spanish-language categories included novela “Alma de Hierro” on Telefutura; drama series “Capadocia” on HBO Latino; Univision’s “Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real” for outstanding individual episode of a series without a regular LGBT character; Telemundo’s “Caso Cerrado” for daytime talk show episode (“Juntos hasta el final”); Univision’s “Don Francisco Presenta” for talk show interview (“La primera boda de pareja de transexuales”); Mega TV’s “Paparazzi TV” for celebrity news segment for “La Proposición 8”; and Telemundo’s “Noticiero Telemundo” for TV journalism segment, “Drama de jóvenes hispanos gay: Rechazados por ser gay.”
For a full list of winners announced, including film, media and journalist categories, click here.
More winners will be announced at ceremonies in Los Angeles (April 18) and San Francisco (May 9).
Kathy Griffin will be awarded the Vanguard Award and Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson will be recognized with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the Los Angeles ceremony. Chad Allen will receive the Davidson/Valenti Award at the San Francisco ceremony, hosted by Chelsea Handler.
The GLAAD Media Awards are distributed by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which works toward promoting a fair and accurate representation of LGBT people in the media.


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