By Adam Hetrick
11 Apr 2011
As previously reported, Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked and Promises, Promises) was the recipient of the Vanguard Award for her work to increase the visibility of LGBT individuals in the media. Chenoweth's Promises, Promises co-star Sean Hayes presented the honor.
"I want to encourage many people of all faiths to come forward and stand with me," Chenoweth said in her acceptance speech. "Even if you don't believe in Jesus the way I do, he did teach love -- not just tolerance, but acceptance. I'm lucky I had parents who adopted me at birth, conservative Southern Baptists who said, 'You will love everyone the same'…Mostly I would like to thank GLAAD for this amazing, amazing honor. This is the biggest honor I have ever received."
Dolly Parton was also on hand to present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to television executive Robert Greenblatt. The honor is presented to "an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community."
The GLAAD winners follow:
"I Love You Phillip Morris"
Outstanding Comedy Series
"Modern Family" (ABC)
Outstanding Reality Program
"Project Runway" (Lifetime)
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment
"Fort Worth Speech" The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC)
Bianca "Nikki" Peet
The GLAAD Media Awards "recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives."
For more information, visit GLAAD.org/mediaawards.