'Glee' Stars Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera Host GLAAD Media Awards: Winners Here

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In New York on Saturday, two Glee stars guided a star-studded room of luminaries as a host of celebrities gathered at the Marriott Marquis Hotel to take part in the annual GLAAD Media Awards, This awards show was designed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation board of directors to celebrate the most impactful media coverage surrounding the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

The list of of famous faces who attended is long, from Dakota Fanning and Padma Lakshmi to Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino and Tracey Gold.

The latter, who once co-starred with Kirk Cameron on the sitcom Growing Pains went to great pains to make her thoughts clear on homosexuality, saying "there's nothing unnatural about being gay" -- an opinion that is direct contrast to Cameron's.

Meanwhile as Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera hosted the Big Apple event, these two TV superstars were able to watch and applaud as deserving people suc as Lady Gaga was called out as the outstanding music artist while Oprah was honored for her small screen offering which was called Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests.

Meanwhile, the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars won for outstanding reality program and last season's contestant, Carson Kressley, was singled out as well.

Uber producer Harvey Weinstein was on hand to hand out the special recognition award to 17-year-old Katy Butler, who is an openly gay young woman that has become a big force in the anti-bullying effort.

Also awarded for her work in disclosing the horrors of bullying was Diane Sawyer whose ABC team created the outstanding TV journalist segment called Battle Against Bullying for ABC World News.

As for entertainment offered during the GLAAD Media Awards, The Rockettes performing the closing number, the perfect ending to this 23rd annual event held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on March 24, 2012 in New York City.

That said, following is the complete list of GLAAD Media Awards winners disclosed on Saturday night:

Vito Russo Award: Craig Zadan and Neil Meron

Special Recognition Award: Katy Butler

Outstanding Film Limited Release: Pariah from Focus Features

Outstanding Reality Program: Dancing with the Stars

Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: Battle Against Bullying ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

Outstanding Magazine Article: (two winners) A series of articles called 15th Anniversary of the Passage of the Defense of Marriage Act by Chris Geidner for Metro Weekly and Black & Gay in Corporate America by Carolyn M. Brown for Black Enterprise

Outstanding Talk Show Episode: Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests which aired on the syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show

Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine: The 'Sissy Boy' Experiments by Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN

Outstanding Newspaper Article: Led by the Child Who Simply Knew"by Bella English for The Boston Globe

Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Bruni representing 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 from ITLMedia.org

Outstanding Blog: www.Towleroad.com and www.Mombian.com

Outstanding Music Artist: Lady Gaga for Born This Way from Interscope Records

Outstanding Spanish-Language Music Artist: Ricky for Musica + Alma + Sexo

Outstanding Comic Book: Batwoman by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman from 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

And so, as Glee stars Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera hosted GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday, March 24, 2012, a host of deserving winners took home awards that certainly showed how widespread the advocacy for human rights proves to be, an American tradition that grows more active with each passing year.

Image: Cory Monteith by Greg Hernandez, Wikipedia

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