GLAAD to Honor Kristin Chenoweth, Ricky Martin at Media Awards

Singer and actress to be honored during 22nd annual program

Ricky Martin and Kristin Chenoweth are set to be honored at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s 22nd annual Media Awards presentation, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Chenoweth will receive the Vanguard Award — given to “media professionals who have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community” — on April 10 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

GLAAD said Chenoweth’s defense of gay actors in the wake of a controversial Newsweek article (which argued gays “cannot play straight roles” and led to a boycott of the magazine) is why the "Glee" star was chosen this year.

Martin will receive the Vito Russo Award – given to “an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community” — on March 19 at a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis in New York’s Times Square.

"Ricky coming out was a game changer for many gay and transgender Latino children, who for too long, did not have many out gay people to look up to," GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said in a statement. "Through his music, videos and interviews, Ricky has sent an important message that our community wants the same things all people do: an equal chance to raise our families and take care of our loved ones."

Nominees for the GLAAD Media Awards — which recognize “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community” — were announced last month.