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The 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles Saturday night. Among those honored include Orange Is The New Black actress Laverne Cox, HBO mini-series Behind The Candelabra, moving documentary Bridegroom and Jennifer Lopez.

The American Idol judge was honored with this year’s Vanguard Award, presented to her by Rita Moreno. She received it for her efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the LGBT community through entertainment.

The Fosters, which she executive produces for ABC Family, won Best Drama Series. The show follows the lives of the titular Foster family, consisting of an interracial lesbian couple raising a blended family of biological, adopted and foster children. During her acceptance speech, she talked about her cool aunt who happened to be gay. Watch her speech below.

watch the video after the jump

2014 GLAAD Media Award Nominations

In: Donovan, Movies, Totally GAY!, TV Shows
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For 25 years the GLAAD Media Awards have honored entertainment, journalism and individuals who exhibit outstanding images of the LGBT community. The winners will be presented in two ceremonies this Spring- April 12 in Los Angeles and May 3 in New York. Among the nominees this year include Dallas Buyers Club, Elton John, Orange Is The New Black, Lady Gaga, Geography Club and Pretty Little Liars. Given how homo-erotic Teen Wolf is, the MTV supernatural series received nada. The organization also puts the spotlight on online and traditional publications. Check out all the nominations below.

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During last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, Adam Lambert was honored with the organization’s prestigious Davidson/Valentini Award. An award presented to an out LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. The American Idol runner-up became the first out LGBT artist to reach number one on the Billboard 200 with the release of his 2012 album Trespassing. Mel B was on hand to present the award to Glambert.

The 31-year-old also picked up another award during the event. He tied with Frank Ocean in the category of Outstanding Musical Artist category. Other honorees include Archie Comics‘ Kevin Keller and the San Francisco Giants. The baseball team is the first professional sports organization honored by GLAAD. They were the first ever professional sports team to host an HIV/AIDS benefit game in 1994 and first major league sports team to record a video for the It Gets Better project.

Joining in on the festivities were Jinkx Monsoon (RuPaul’s Drag Race); Rex Lee (Suburgatory); Jaymes Vaughn, James Davis (The Amazing Race); Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills); Tamala Jones (Castle); Guillermo Diaz (Scandal) and Jessica Clark (True Blood) to name a few. Check out Adam’s speech below along with the rest of the winners.

check out all the winners and Lambert’s speech after the jump

Yesterday, I posted about the winners at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards along with former President Bill Clinton’s speech. Today, GLAAD uploaded a few more videos from the star-studded event that took place at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live on Saturday, April 20.

We have Darren Criss singing “Call Me Maybe.” Before you release a collective huge groan, the Glee star performs it differently. He does it with the “original lyrics” which happen to include Prop 8, DOMA, same-sex adoption and all kinds of LGBT references. I’m curious to know why GLAAD didn’t share Kelly Rowland’s performance with us.

Next we have Chris Evans joining his openly-gay brother Scott and their mother at the podium. The family banters back and forth about familial matters. It’s cute to see the Evans brothers interact.

For the event, both Betty White and Alex Pettyfer auctioned off kisses to the highest bidder. I wonder which attendee scored a chance to plant a big wet one on the Magic Mike star. Lucky mofo. As much as you’d think Alex was the main draw, it would seem that White was the one most desired. Not only did Pettyfer steal a kiss from her, but Cloris Leachman as well. She burst onto the stage trying to tongue the Hot In Cleveland actress.

Check out all the aforementioned videos, along with clips of Harvey Weinstein and Jennifer Lawrence introducing Bill Clinton and Drew Barrymore kicking the event off.

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The 2013 GLAAD Media Awards took place on Saturday (April 20) in Los Angeles. Drew Barrymore hosted the event at the J.W. Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live which featured a performance by Kelly Rowland.

On hand for the annual event were Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire, Charlize Theron, Matt Dallas with his fiance Blue Hamilton, Darren Criss, Alex Pettyfer who gave Betty White a smooch, Chris Evans with his gay brother Scott and many more including Jennifer Lawrence who debuted a brand new hairstyle. The Silver Linings Playbook actress was there to present the inaugural Advocate for Change Award to Bill Clinton for his work campaigning to legalize same-sex marriage.

“I want to keep working on this until not only DOMA is no longer the law of the land, but until all people, no matter where they live, can marry the people they love. I believe you will win the DOMA fight, and I think you will win the Constitutional right to marry. If not tomorrow, then the next day or the next day.” – Bill Clinton

In 1996, the ex-president signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as a partnership only between a man and a woman. In recent years, he’s changed his stance and campaigned heavily against anti-gay legislation proposed in various states. He credits his daughter Chelsea and her gay friends for seeing the way. Others honored last night include The New Normal, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Days of Our Lives. Check out all the winners, Clinton’s speech and a few more photos below.

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Now that he’s officially an out and proud homosexual, Anderson Cooper will be honored at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on March 16. The organization is awarding their prestigious Vito Russo Award to the 45-year-old journalist. Named after one of it’s founding members, the Vito Russo Award goes to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. Recent winners include Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (2012), Ricky Martin (2011) and Cynthia Nixon (2010).

On hand to present Anderson with the honor is none other than Madonna herself. GLAAD President Herndon Graddick says Madonna and Cooper are longtime friends who have both used their careers to support lesbian, gay and transgender people.

“From speaking out against bullying to raising support for marriage equality, Madonna has always been one of our community’s strongest allies. We are honored to have her stand with GLAAD and Anderson Cooper,” said Graddick.”

As you recall, Cooper declined for many years to speak publicly about his sexuality. Last July, he gave permission to publish an email to blogger Andrew Sullivan. In the correspondence, the CNN reporter declared he was gay and “couldn’t be more happy.” A few months later, Anderson discussed his “coming out” on his daytime talk show.

2013 GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

In: Movies, Patrick, Totally GAY!, TV Shows

This morning, the nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were released, putting a spotlight on an amazing year for LGBT stories in the media. Everything from television, movies, TV movies, articles, comics, magazines, news reports, blogs, music, theater and more are recognized for their achievements and/or notable contributions to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

Among the nominees are television comedies like The New Normal, Happy Endings, and Glee as well as dramas like The L.A. Complex, Smash, and True Blood. In music, Adam Lambert and Scissor Sisters are both nominated for their albums this year, while in movies, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are among the nominees.

The GLAAD Media Awards will be held in three locations: March 16 in New York, April 20 in Los Angeles, and May 11 in San Francisco. Stay tuned for the attendee lists for those events in the near future. Check out the list of nominations below. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Full list of nominees after the jump…

You MUST watch this video of an amazing Ohio mom named Jennifer Tyrrell calling for the Boy Scouts to reinstate her as a scout leader. A couple weeks ago, she was ousted from being her 7 year-old son’s leader because she is gay.

GLAAD invited her to their awards show this past weekend to share her story. She hadn’t even been on a plane before. She stood in front of the audience and delivered a very emotional speech, with her partner Alicia Burns and their four children by her side. She also talked about that fact that she started a Change.org petition (http://change.org/scouts) that has over 115K+ signatures already. Please be sure to join in on that.

I’m not a distraction. Alicia is not a distraction. We are moms. And we’re Americans. My son and the other boys in the pack are becoming leaders and that has nothing to do with my sexual orientation,” said Tyrrell. Watch her speech below.

Watch the video of the speech after the jump…

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