GLAAD awards: Ricky Martin, ‘True Blood,’ Tina Fey win big in New York


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Ricky Martin, Tina Fey and ‘True Blood’ have plenty to be GLAAD about -- they were among those who scored trophies at the annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation awards.

Revelers including Bravo Vice President Andy Cohen, actor Patrick Wilson and Vinny Guadagnino of ‘Jersey Shore’ were at New York’s Marriott Marquis Times Square on Saturday to honor winning contributions to portraits of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in media.


The Rev. Al Sharpton introduced an excellence award, presented to Russell Simmons, pictured at left with Miss USA Rima Fakih, and Fey nabbed the prize for best individual episode of a television show not containing a regular LGBT character for ’30 Rock.’ Click the pics for more photos.

Martin, who came out in 2010, was given the Vito Russo Award for his work eliminating homophobia. The episode of Oprah Winfrey‘s show in which he discussed his sexuality and fatherhood won for outstanding talk show episode of the year.

Vampire king Denis O’Hare accepted on behalf of ‘True Blood,’ which landed outstanding drama series. Other notables included silver fox Anderson Cooper, given the statue for excellence in television journalism for his ‘360’ series on gay teen sucide.

Awards in 25 of 32 media categories were presented Saturday night, with additional awards to be given out at Los Angeles and San Francisco events in April and May.


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-- Matt Donnelly