2011 GLAAD Media Award Winners Announced In New York

Last night, part of the 2011 GLAAD Awards were handed out in New York at a ceremony hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen. Last night, two people were specially honored: Ricky Martin and Russell Simmons.

Ricky Martin had a comeback year in 2010. After publicly coming out via a press release on his official website, Ricky made a unforgettable appearance on the Oprah show coming out not only as a proud, homosexual man, but also as a new father. Later on, he released a new single with Joss Stone singing that The Best Thing About Me is You. Last night, Ricky was honored with the Vito Russo Award which is given to “recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.”

Russell Simmons was awards with the Excellence in Media Award. This award is given to someone who through their work in the media and entertainment industries have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. Russell wrote an open letter to the U.S. Senate stating the urge to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as well as pleading with New York’s governor to to keep supporting marriage equality.

Here are the rest of last night’s winners:

Outstanding Drama Series
True Blood (HBO)

Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia
“Bridal Bliss: Aisha and Danielle” by Bobbi Misick (Essence.com)

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)
“Klaus & Greta” – 30 Rock (NBC)

Outstanding Talk Show Episode
“Ricky Martin Coming Out as a Gay Man and a New Dad” – The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)

Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine
“Gay Teen Suicides” (series) – Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

Outstanding Newspaper Article
“Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi’s Suicide Spurs Action Across U.S.” by Judy Peet
(The Star-Ledger Newark, N.J.)

Outstanding Newspaper Columnist
Frank Rich (The New York Times)

Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage
Denver Post

Outstanding Magazine Article
“What Happens When You Find the One…And He’s Nothing – Nothing – Like You Expected?”
by Allison Cooper (O, The Oprah Magazine)

Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage
The Advocate/Out

Outstanding Digital Journalism Article
“View From Washington” (series) by Kerry Eleveld (Advocate.com)

Outstanding Blog
Joe. My. God.

Outstanding Comic Book
X-Factor by Peter David (Marvel Comics)

Outstanding Los Angeles Theater
Something Happened by L. Trey Wilson

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

The remainder of the awards and honorees will be held at two more ceremonies. The first in Los Angeles on April 10th (which we plan on covering in person) and then in San Fransisco on May 14th.