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