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GLAAD Media Awards Presented In NYC

The  22nd annual GLAAD Media Award were held in New York last night and big winners included Ricky Martin, Russell Simmons, Scissor Sisters, Anderson Cooper and True Blood. More awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on April 10 and in San Francisco on May 14.

Martin was this year's recipient of the this year's Vito Russo Award, which each year goes to an openly gay member of the entertainment community who has worked to combat homophobia.

Reuters reports on Martin's speech:

"I just want to be free. I can say, today I am free," the Puerto Rican singer said at New York's Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards, which recognize the best portrayals of gay community members in film, television, radio, music, newspapers and blogs.

Martin, the 39 year-old singer of hits such as his 1999 single "Livin' la Vida Loca" who has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, revealed he was gay in 2010 after more than a decade in the international spotlight. His coming-out included a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey and since then, he has been heralded as a gay role model, especially for Latin Americans. Martin thanked his parents and boyfriend before urged the audience to "let's go Latin America and let's share the love."

AFTER THE JUMP, a full list of last year's winners as well as a clip of Martin's acceptance speech, courtesy of Boy Culture.


Excellence in Media Award: Russell Simmons

Vito Russo Award: Ricky Martin

Outstanding Drama Series: "True Blood"

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character):  the "30 Rock" episode "Klaus & Greta"

Outstanding Digital Journalism-Multimedia: "Bridal Bliss: Aisha and Danielle" by Bobbi Misick (

Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "Ricky Martin Coming Out as a Gay Man and a New Dad" on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

Outstanding TV Journalist-Newsmagazine: "Gay Teen Suicides" (series) "Anderson Cooper 360"

Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi's Suicide Spurs Action Across the U.S." by Judy Peet of the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J.

Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Rich, the New York Times

Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: the Denver Post

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: "The Advocate/Out"

Outstanding Music Artist: Scissor Sisters, "Night Work"

Outstanding Comic Book: "X-Factor" by Peter David

Outstanding Blog: Joe. My. God.

Outstanding Los Angeles Theater: "Something Happened" by L. Trey Wilson

Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway: "The Pride" by Alexi Kaye Campbell

Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway: "When Last We Flew" by Harrison David Rivers.

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  1. How come there's no mention of Joe Jervis, who won the first ever GLAAD award for best gay blog, Joe.My.God.???

    Seriously? This is a telling omission.

    Joe, our champion? How could you forget to mention him?? But damn, we got that comic book winner, huh?

    Posted by: bojobear | Mar 20, 2011 7:47:19 AM

  2. Go to his website I'm sure its mentioned enough for EVERYONE

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 20, 2011 9:34:05 AM

  3. I say BS!

    Ricky comes out and he gets it all from the gay community.Where was he all these years? He had the freedom to be out.Of course his career may have been affected negatively,but he could be out.It wasn't against the law.

    His coming was NOT an act of bravery.He only came out recently because gays were becoming more mainstream and accepted.If he were brave,he would have came out yeeeears ago.

    Posted by: J | Mar 20, 2011 9:44:50 AM

  4. Good to see that this year's LIZ SMITH CLOSET CASE AWARD went to Ms. Cooper.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 20, 2011 10:32:39 AM

  5. Ricky Martin has done what, exactly, to combat homophobia? He came out of the closet when his career was over and he'd made his millions. There was zero risk to him. Now every now and then he shows up on a magazine cover with his two kids. How is this "combatting homophobia"?

    Clearly the GLAAD awards are just fluff.

    Posted by: Dave in Chicago | Mar 20, 2011 10:53:16 AM

  6. I'm having trouble seeing how GLAAD or their poncy little awards show has any relevance? And what has Miss Martin done to be so lionized? I applaud him coming out of the closet, better late than never I guess. But does he really deserve an award for *that*?

    Some of us have been out of the closet for thirty years or more, have worked in the trenches for our equality, brought court cases, made donations, answered phones, and knocked on doors for queer-friendly politicians. We've done this with little to no recognition or indeed support from our own community and in some cases, no pension or tangible assets to show for it because being an activist rarely pays that well. So forgive me if I cast somewhat of a jaundiced eye in GLAAD's direction.

    Posted by: Tone | Mar 20, 2011 11:09:49 AM

  7. How petty and unprofessional (and so very obvious) to publish the whole list of last night's winners, EXCEPT JoeMyGod, the first-ever winner for Outstanding Blog.

    I guess Andy was really upset not to have even been nominated. (Besides JoeMyGod, BTW, the other 4 nominees were, Bilerico, Blabbeando, Pams' House Blend, and Rod 2.0.)

    Posted by: 24play | Mar 20, 2011 11:50:55 AM

  8. Ricky Martin has done nothing to help the gay community and is certainly no role model. Performing at W's inauguration was the last straw; greed comes before integrity or he would have refused and come out years ago.

    Of course, the GLAAD awards are well known for kissing the asses of famous people who do nothing for us.

    Posted by: Ron | Mar 20, 2011 1:37:55 PM

  9. Not sure what the fuss here is about. Steve clearly posted Joe's blog as the winner, and I personally have nothing but respect for Joe and the other nominees. Please stop trying to create drama where there is none. Towleroad was not up for consideration because we did not submit an application, which is required.

    Posted by: Andy Towle | Mar 20, 2011 2:21:50 PM

  10. There was nothing intentional about leaving Joe's win out of this list of winners. His award was excluded from the LA Times article where I originally got the list. I didn't know Joe had even won an award until just an hour or two ago. As you can see, I have since added his important win to this post.

    Posted by: Steve Pep | Mar 20, 2011 2:43:25 PM

  11. Anyone complaining about Joe.My.God being snubbed here has clearly not read this blog for very long, or very closely. Andy links to JMG and other blogs quite frequently, and always sends out a shout out of congratulations when there's reason to. Quit stirring things up, drama queens.

    Posted by: Asher | Mar 20, 2011 2:51:59 PM

  12. Congratulations Ricky!

    Posted by: MM | Mar 20, 2011 3:00:03 PM

  13. @BOJOBear and 24Play:

    Shouldn't you and the other grizzlies be in hibernation after last night's festivities at the Black Party?

    Steve made an honest mistake. The wire services and larger newspapers only mentioned the major categories.

    Congrats to Joe who has done some good work. But all of the nominees (and Andy!) have also done very good things, too. But some JMG stans have been over the top since the nominations were announced, threatening to withhold donations from GLAAD if he didn't win, demeaning the other nominees and accusing GLAAD of being 'PC'. Don't believe me? Read the comments in Joe's post about the nominations.

    The roar of the great white bear was heard at GLAAD. Joe won. Move along.

    Posted by: Dalton | Mar 20, 2011 4:28:46 PM

  14. I didn't know GLAAD sponsored the Pre BLACK PARTY Cocktail party this year?
    Appropriate since both events are no longer relevant and only serve as a cash machine.

    Joe didntr even know about the award and he was there covering it,
    I doubt they even announced it from the stage much like the technical Academy Awards.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Mar 20, 2011 6:07:50 PM

  15. I fail to see how coming out a decade after the fact in order to revive a dead career makes Martin a role model for anyone except craven opportunists. Courage isn't what you have when there's nothing to fear, and the integrity of individuals can't be judged when the chips are up.

    Why is GLAAD honoring a Machiavellian coward whose entire career has been little more than a catchy, self-serving little hymn to expediency? The man performed at W's inauguration. The only press Martin could merit from a gay organization would be coverage of a sincere apology.

    Is this really the best the entertainment industry has to offer, or is Martin merely the handsome-meat-of-the-moment GLAAD felt would garner the most press attention? If so, they're as vile as he is.

    Handsome is as handsome does, and by any standard I can respect, Ricky Martin is a troll.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 20, 2011 9:36:34 PM

  16. The attacks here on Martin seem absolutely brainless to me. What do you judgmental dumbasses want? For every closeted gay person to hide endlessly? Was it sexy for you to think of Ricky's secret embraces? No one can judge the personal/professional courage it takes for someone to come out. You have to be evaluating using your circumstances. It's arrogant and not helpful to any community, gay or straight.

    Posted by: Esurb | Mar 21, 2011 8:23:47 AM

  17. The irony of giving Ricky Martin this prize is blowing my mind. But, what can you expect from GLAAD? They're pathetic. What have they - or Ricky - done, exactly?

    Posted by: Glenn | Mar 21, 2011 8:50:50 AM

  18. The irony of all the comments here is all the focus on the awards given to Ricky Martin and Joe.My.God.

    Charities select their banner honorees first by choosing a marquee name who will put asses in seats at a high dollar event. Then, the rest of the awards are for important work. That said, Martin is entering a new phase of his career (returning to Broadway musical theatre), and has timed all this well. The other recipients are to be applauded.

    Particularly, we should be celebrating the awards given to Frank Rich (who's championed gay rights for decades), Tina Fey (who regularly writes fun and honest gay characters), Russell Simmons (who puts his money where his mouth is on liberal causes), and, yes, Anderson Cooper, whose glass closet allows him to get important gay-themed news stories the coverage they require (and a nod to his New Years with Kathy G., mainstream TV's gayest annual event, with Sushi the drag queen et al.).

    Also, GLAAD does three such events (NY, LA, and SF) so there will be two more of these events to keep an eye on.

    Posted by: Michael in BH | Mar 21, 2011 1:04:04 PM

  19. Congrats, Ricky! Bitter Queens: Really?

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Mar 21, 2011 4:31:27 PM

  20. shame on anyone who supports this charity event. according to glaad's 2009 990, they spent $2.5 million on hair, makeup, lighting etc. on the media awards and raised $2.2 million - meaning that not 1 cent went towards ensuring full equality for GLBT people.

    Posted by: tom kat | Mar 21, 2011 4:32:34 PM

  21. it was a better event when 600 sat in Beverly Hills in the early 90s -- now it is just a bloated project that accomplishes very little with the money donated.

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Mar 21, 2011 5:44:06 PM

  22. I understand some of the bitterness re: Ricky wining the award but you have to understand 1)Most of his audience is Latin American and most Latin countries are decades behind in terms of gay acceptance 2)I've heard that he wanted to come out earlier but his agent/manager/publicists told him it would be career suicide (which it would when he was a young heartthrob). Teenage girls don't want to fantasize over a gay guy. He truly would have ended his career if he came out earlier. He isn't in an alternative indy band or an opera singer - those niches would be more accepting.

    Posted by: anthony | Mar 22, 2011 4:46:18 PM

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