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Suze Orman, Tyra Banks, Phil Donahue among GLAAD's NY Honorees


GLAAD handed out its annual media awards in New York City over the weekend. Tyra Banks received the Excellence in Media Award, Suze Orman received the Vito Russo Award, and Phil Donahue received a Special Recognition award.

SuzeSaid Banks: "You embraced me and now I embrace you in front of millions to show how beautiful you are, how absolutely amazing you are, how giving you are. And I will continue to do that as long as I have a platform. I will continue to get the message out about gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people."

Said Orman: "I want every single one of you in this room to take note of what corporations put their time and money behind gays, behind lesbians -- behind you. Do you want to continue to give your money to people in corporations that oppress us, that keep us down? Or do you want to give your money to the corporations who can help us rise and change what needs to be changed in the United States of America today."

Said Donahue: "The majority of the people in the nation agree with us. Our job now is to summon these people to stand up and say so out loud. To tell them to join us."

Glaadaward GLAAD also unveiled a new statuette for its winners. If you want specifics, it's 12 inches high, weighs 7 pounds, and is die-cast zinc, hand finished with a satin texture and plated with a custom nickel and rhodium finish for a dark luster, and comes on a black-stained ash base.

Fashion designer Jack Mackenroth filed a personal report on his blog, applauding GLAAD's choices of Suze Orman and Phil Donahue, though he had some critical thoughts about some of the other choices:

"I just really don’t understand why Tyra Banks was being honored. Because she has gay people on her show? Big deal. It’s about fashion and modeling. We are a dime a dozen in those industries. I may enjoy watching Mr. and Ms. Jay prance around the set of Top Model but I don’t think they do anything to advance the LGBT cause. If anything they perpetuate the idea that gay men are all over-the-top borderline drag queens. Nothing against them personally. I just think GLAAD should dig a little deeper. I also found it a bit offensive that Clay Aiken was making an appearance. He is another one who has been sending the message to America that being gay is not OK. He does not represent me. There are so many talented, out, GLBT people that could have been chosen. I was truly disappointed. Now I know that we need to align with our straight allies. I just think GLAAD needs to rethink some of their choices."

GLAAD's L.A. ceremony is coming up on April 18th and honors Kathy Griffin, Bishop Gene Robinson and The L Word. Others who will be appearing there are Jessica Alba, Dustin Lance Black; Balthazar Getty; Megan Mullally; Alan Cumming; Gus Van Sant; George Takei; Bruno Tonioli; Robert Gant, Peter Paige, Thea Gill, Michelle Clunie; Wilson Cruz; and Chad Allen.

Finally, they'll arrive in San Francisco on May 9th to hand out another round.

Father Tony of The Bilerico Project filed a video report. You can watch it, and see the full list of award winners from this weekend's ceremony in New York, AFTER THE JUMP...

GLAAD Media Awards winners

Excellence in Media
Tyra Banks

Vito Russo Award
Suze Orman

Outstanding Film -- Limited Release (tie)
"Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom"

Outstanding Documentary
"A Jihad For Love"

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment
"Special Comment: Gay Marriage Is a Question of Love," "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" (MSNBC)

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article
"Gay Athletes Are Making Their Mark" by LZ Granderson (

Outstanding Spanish-Language Magazine Overall Coverage
People en Espanol

Special Recognition
Phil Donahue

Special Recognition
"The Laramie Project, 10 Years Later -- The Lasting Legacy of Matthew Shepard" (Sirius XM Radio)

Outstanding Daily Drama
"As the World Turns" (CBS)

Outstanding Newspaper Article
"Owning His Gay Identity -- at 15 Years Old" by Theresa Vargas (The Washington Post)

Outstanding Newspaper Columnist
Leonard Pitts Jr. (The Miami Herald)

Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage
The New York Times

Outstanding Magazine Article
"Let God Love Gene Robinson," by Andrew Corsello (GQ)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage

Outstanding Digital Journalism -- Multimedia
"Is Gay the New Black?" by Jessica Bennett and Jennifer Molina (

Outstanding Music Artist
k.d. lang, "Watershed"

Outstanding Comic Book
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" by Drew Goddard, Jeph Loeb and Joss Whedon (Dark Horse Comics)

Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off-Broadway
"Wig Out!" by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway
"Arias With a Twist," by Joey Arias and Basil Twist


Outstanding Novela

"Alma de Hierro" (Telefutura)

Outstanding Drama Series
"Capadocia" (HBO Latino)

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)
"Duerme, mi bien," "Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real" (Univision)

Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode
"Juntos hasta el final," "Caso Cerrado" (Telemundo)

Outstanding Talk Show Interview
"La primera boda de pareja de transexuales," "Don Francisco Presenta" (Univision)

Outstanding Celebrity News Segment
"La Proposicion 8," "Paparazzi TV" (Mega TV)

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment
"Drama de jovenes hispanos gay: Rechazados por ser gay," "Noticiero Telemundo" (Telemundo)

Outstanding Newspaper Article
"Confesiones de padre: Hombres gay revelan su orientacion a sus hijos," by Lucero Amador Miranda (La Opinion, Los Angeles)

Outstanding Newspaper Columnist
Roberto Hernandez (Alianza Metropolitan News, San Jose, Calif.)

Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage
La Opinion, Los Angeles

Outstanding Magazine Article
"Contra viento y marea," by Isis Sauceda and Judith Torrea (People en Espanol)

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article
"Cuba discutira derechos gay," by Fernando Ravsberg (

Outstanding Music Artist
Giovanni Falchetti, "Junto a ti"

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  1. Mackenroth's criticisms are hit and miss. For one thing, to describe people as "over the top" and "borderline drag queens" is obviously gonna offend them (and borderline drag queens everywhere, ha), so following up with "no offense to them personally" is ridick. But also, while I find the guys on MODEL superannoying (not because they're stereotypically effeminate, but because I can't really go along with fashion experts who dress in the dark, slight offense intended), couldn't someone else say that Jack Mackenroth isn't exactly helping gays by being a stereotypically effeminate-acting man with HIV? I don't feel that way at all, but I'm just saying I guess it depends on which stereotypes you take issue with when you're criticizing their perpetuation.

    As for Tyra, I think she's fairly equal-opportunity and just wants a hot show, but even if gay people are all over the place in fashion, I give her credit for acknowledging that. I might not hand her an award for it, but let's face it—these events don't exist unless somebody agrees to show up and accept an award—Anderson Cooper ain't available.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Mar 30, 2009 8:30:26 AM

  2. I understand the complaints about Banks & Aiken, but I also understand they need 'big names' on the event. It's the only way mainstream media will come. Yes, it's shallow but it's a necessary evil.

    Posted by: scar2 | Mar 30, 2009 8:31:41 AM

  3. It's great that these celebrities attend, but they should be presenting awards to deserving individuals, not accepting them.

    Posted by: AS13 | Mar 30, 2009 8:51:32 AM

  4. Clay Aiken's presence there is laughable. He denied he was gay for many years, lied to his millions of clueless fans, basically implied that there was something shameful for being gay and just waited until he has amassed a sizeable amount of money...and then comes out. On People. Seriously, only his mom and fans were shocked, mmmmmmkaaaaay?

    Posted by: gabe | Mar 30, 2009 8:54:18 AM

  5. The ceremony was hands down the most boring yet. They need to pick up the pace or edit out some of the awards. Two (!) speeches by out-bound Neil Giuliano was overkill.

    Poor Tyra spoke to a ballroom that had lost about one-fourth of its inhabitants.

    Posted by: nicholas white | Mar 30, 2009 9:29:28 AM

  6. Actually, Aiken only denied he was gay once, six years ago, after that he refused to discuss it. People always assume he said it a lot because some of his (now ex) fans spent their lives loudly denying it for him, and because journalists, unable to get a new comment out of him, ran with one that was years old.

    But that's neither here nor there, as he wasn't getting an award, just presenting one. Jack Mackenroth's comments about Tyra would be laughable if they weren't so pathetic and ignorant. Apparently he is completely unaware of her long running Emmy winning talk show, where many shows are devoted to furthering acceptance of everyone, not just the lgbtq community. Yes, Top Model includes gay stereotypes, but is he seriously suggesting that the show that made him vaguely famous, Project Runway, doesn't? And unlike PR, ANTM prominently features lesbians and, more recently, a transgendered woman - and, as a lesbian, that is something I am very happy about. And, as a lesbian and therefore part of the gay community, I am very happy to see Tyra acknowledged for furthering our cause among straight people.

    Posted by: Alexa | Mar 30, 2009 9:45:33 AM

  7. If you follow the link to Mackenroth's blog, you'll find the additional commentary necessary to understand the context of this excerpt.

    Mackenroth states that he was not invited, and only attended because a "new" friend invited him days before the event. He ponders why he wasn't invited in consideration of the work he does for HIV education.
    Nothing is more pathetic than doing charitable work and expecting any amount of recognition - howeever large or small. The mere hint of it reek's of his maligned intentions.

    It's also worth noting that Banks' award was planned and publicized. Mackenroth still chose to attend when the opportunity presented itself in light of this info being available.
    The conflict that I find hard to digest is - if Mackenroth was so offput by Banks honor, as indicated by the dedication of space within his post to the topic, and he knew of this scenario ahead of time, why did he choose to go?

    Mackenroth is equal parts talented designer & publicity whore. He's straddled the line of empathy so very well since his Project Runway days, while allowing us more hints into his shallow & baseless existance as time has evolved.

    Kudo's to Tyra Banks for evangelizing a positive message and shining her well-earned spotlight on LGBT matters. Shame on Mackenroth for continued exploitation.

    Posted by: Focus on the Message | Mar 30, 2009 9:58:39 AM

  8. I had to look at the picture a couple of times to realize that was Clay Aiken. At first I thought it was Martin Short. No offence to either, just an observation.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Mar 30, 2009 10:21:40 AM

  9. I smell sour grapes.

    Aside from whatever good she's doing on ANTM (which I don't watch), Tyra also discusses LGBT issues with some regularity on her talk show. Often, she lets a homophobe have a platform, but always, always lets her audience know where she stands - on the side of inclusivity and humanity. She deserved the award.

    As for Clay - if they'd given him an award, I would have rolled my eyes so far back into my head, they would have looped around again from the bottom. But they didn't - he was a presenter, not an honoree. And for that, give him a break. He wasn't always out and proud, but if he wants to be so now, why bar the door? We need to be a community that embraces those who see the light (Lord knows our enemies are really good at that).

    Posted by: Red Seven | Mar 30, 2009 10:23:25 AM

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    Posted by: fleedaOpefe | Mar 30, 2009 10:25:11 AM

  11. Fashion designer Jack Mackenroth is such as IDIOT.

    a gay fashion designer abusing gay men of protraying steorotypes by trying to start a "catfight".

    he should take up a "straight-profession", before "she" blogs again.

    Posted by: johnosahon | Mar 30, 2009 10:31:20 AM

  12. Mackenroth is blind with envy. Tyra deserved the honor and Aiken, as her good friend and an out and proud gay father, was the right choice to present it. None of us were born out. Most of us didn't come out to millions and risk our careers. We need to stop attacking our own. Every single one of us matters and we should support each other. Mackenroth needs to STFU.

    Posted by: Sated | Mar 30, 2009 10:56:30 AM

  13. Andy, I'm really surprised that you didn't mention Derek & Romaine's award for their radio documentary, "Remembering Matthew Shepard: 10 Years Later". It was very moving, and they re-broadcast it several times over the weekend. DNR give you props all of the time, so it's a little disappointing that you didn't mention them.

    Posted by: troschne | Mar 30, 2009 11:15:54 AM

  14. Suze Orman makes me nervous. She seems so angry--like she's on the verge of a breakdown.

    Posted by: DB | Mar 30, 2009 12:08:59 PM

  15. The GLBT community has always been welcoming to newly out celebrities. Lance Bass was given a presenter's spot in 2007 following his "coming out". The same was done for Clay Aiken. I save my disdain for those still hiding in the closet sending the message that there is something wrong with being gay. There are plenty of higher profile celebrities in that category.

    Posted by: Kyra Sinese | Mar 30, 2009 12:41:26 PM

  16. It's sickening that GLAAD reserves the final award, which is always the biggest, to heterosexuals. If no one shows up because the final award is given to a gay person than they are not our friends. I'm not worshipping haterosexuals, they caused this mess.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 30, 2009 12:45:25 PM

  17. I think the venom aimed at Aiken should be water under the bridge, but it's not b/c he's an unpopular character.

    Red Seven hit it square between the eyes - since coming out, he's been quite accountable and, some might say, an even better role model than other celebs by focusing on family.

    Sometimes gays can be their own worst enemy.

    Posted by: Focus the Message | Mar 30, 2009 12:55:00 PM

  18. Ooops! Is that Eau de Double Standard I smell? Bravo to Rettenmund but how many of the rest of you bellyaching about Aiken even after he came out: 1. never hid YOUR gayness; 2. had as much to lose financially as he did; 3. have never salivated over closet coward Anderson Cooper or even defended him for his "right to come out if/when he wants to" blah blah blah?

    As for SAAD, it's been worthless for years. Send your money to groups that actually do something like PFLAG or Lambda Legal or Gay American Heroes Foundation, et al., and let this paper tiger blow away.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Mar 30, 2009 2:27:43 PM

  19. Once again, the focus of the awards becomes which straight celebrities received awards that they did or did not deserve! When will we EVER get it right, and start discussing the gays that are out there everyday making a REAL difference???

    Posted by: Brian S | Mar 30, 2009 9:54:18 PM

  20. Clay has had his struggles like everyone trying to find themselves. Unfortunately he had to find them in the public eye. Give the guy a break. He has at least done it with class. He just didn't want to hurt his family and tried to find a way to let them down easy. I think he has done it in his own time and handled it well. His talent and class will shine through.

    Posted by: sisie | Mar 30, 2009 10:54:58 PM

  21. Great article and I couldn't agree with you more. I'm very disappointed that GLAAD had Clay present at the awards ceremony. He, most definitely, is not indicative of our community. It's shameful how he used his son to come out and to cash in.

    Posted by: John Paulus | Mar 31, 2009 1:02:49 AM

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