GLAAD Media Awards Report & Photos

By: Joe Thompson

Photos: Wilsonmodels

The 2012 GLAAD Media Awards kicked off on Saturday, March 24, in New York City with an outstanding event hosted by Glee stars Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith.

In attendance were major names like Dakota Fanning, Bernadette Peters, hunky Cheyenne Jackson, Megan Hilty from Smash, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, Former Growing Pains star and gay advocate Tracy Gold, hip-hop icon Russell Simmons, former Queer Eye guys Carson Kresley and Ted Allen, the unstoppable Wendy Williams, and from America's Next Top Model came Jay Manuel and Isis King the transgender contestant.

The Advocate/Out won top honors with Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage; Bernadette Peters and John Stamos presented the Vito Russo Award to film, television, and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron; Batwoman writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman won for best comic book; Weinstein Company Co-Chairman and outspoken anti-bullying advocate Harvey Weinstein presented a Special Recognition Award to openly gay high school student Katy Butler who launched a campaign last month to advocate that the 'R' rating of the upcoming documentary Bully be changed to 'PG-13'; Lady Gaga won Outstanding Music Artist for her album Born This Way; and Outstanding Talk Show Episode, won by The Oprah Winfrey Show for the episode "Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests."

Photographer Wilsonmodels was on the red carpet snapping tons of images and sent them in for readers. Check them out, and under the slide show is a list of all the 2012 recipients.

The New York GLAAD event is the first of three, with the others happening in Los Angeles on April 21 and San Francisco on June 2. For more info on those events and how you can attend, visit GLAAD's website.

Below is a complete list of GLAAD Media Award recipients announced Saturday in New York, taken from the GLAAD website.

•Vito Russo Award: Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (presented by Bernadette Peters and John Stamos)
•Special Recognition Award: openly gay 17-year-old anti-bullying advocate, Katy Butler (presented by Harvey Weinstein)
•Outstanding Film- Limited Release: Pariah (Focus Features) [accepted by: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans and producer Nekisa Cooper]
•Outstanding Reality Program: Dancing with the Stars (ABC) [accepted by: Carson Kressley]
•Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "Battle Against Bullying" ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (ABC) [accepted by: reporter Josh Elliott]
•Outstanding Magazine Article: TIE: "15th Anniversary of the Passage of the Defense of Marriage Act" (series) by Chris Geidner (Metro Weekly) [accepted by: Chris Geidner] and "Black & Gay in Corporate America" by Carolyn M. Brown (Black Enterprise) [accepted by: Carolyn M. Brown]
•Outstanding TV Movie Or Mini Series: Cinema Verite (HBO)
•Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests" The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
•Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine: "The 'Sissy Boy' Experiments" Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
•Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Led by the Child Who Simply Knew" by Bella English (The Boston Globe)
•Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Bruni (The New York Times)
•Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The New York Times
•Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate/Out
•Outstanding Digital Journalism-Multimedia: "Injustice at Every Turn" (
•Outstanding Blog: Towleroad ( and Mombian (
•Outstanding Music Artist: Lady Gaga, Born This Way (Interscope Records)
•Outstanding Comic Book: Batwoman by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman (DC Comics)
•Outstanding Los Angeles Theatre: No Word in Guyanese for Me by Wendy Graf
•Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway & Off Broadway: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner
•Outstanding New York Theatre: Off-Off Broadway: Southern Comfort book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis

•Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode: "Lesbianas celebran 10 años" Caso Cerrado (Telemundo)
•Outstanding Talk Show Interview: "Entrevista con Raquel Gómez y Mony Ruiz Velasco" Al Punto (Univision)
•Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine: "Asesino" Primer Impacto (Univision)
•Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: "Ángeles del cambio" Noticiero 34 (KMEX TV-34 [Los Angeles, Calif.])
•Outstanding Newspaper Article: TIE: "Casamiento e hijos biológicos para pareja gay hispana de EEUU" by Claudia Torrens ( Associated Press) and "Madre hay una sola, no necesariamente" by Virginia Gaglianone (La Opinión)
•Outstanding Magazine Article: "Nueva York ♥ la igualdad" by Michelle Oyola (People en Español)
•Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Las 7 señales de un niño transgénero" by Paula Andalo (
•Outstanding Music Artist: Ricky Martin, Música + Alma + Sexo (Sony Music Latin)
•Special Recognition: El Diario la Prensa