GLAAD for ‘Glee,’ ‘A Single Man’

Drew Barrymore, Wanda Sykes also recognized in Century City ceremony

Actress Drew Barrymore, Tom Ford’s film “A Single Man” and the TV show “Glee” were among the winners at Saturday nights GLAAD Media Awards, the 21st annual event presenting by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

The awards honor, in the words of GLAAD, “fair, accurate and inclusive stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, people and allies that have increased awareness, understanding and respect for the lives of LGBT people.”

“A Single Man” was named Outstanding Film – Wide Release.” Its director, Ford, was stranded in London and could not attend; the award was accepted by his longtime partner, Richard Buckley.

“Glee” was named Outstanding Comedy Series.” In his acceptance speech, creator Ryan Murphy promised that the character of gay high schooler Kurt Hummel (played by openly gay actor Chris Colfer) would have a boyfriend next season.

Drew BarrymoreBarrymore, who was given the Vanguard Award, accepted her award after showing a video in which she listed her influential gay colleagues as including her agent, her lawyer and one of her dogs. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Other award winners included Wanda Sykes (Stephen F. Kolzak Award), “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Outstanding Reality Program) and the “Polemicas Adopciones” segement of “Noticiero Telemundo” (Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism Segment).

Other GLAAD awards were presented at a separate March ceremony in New York City, while the final awards will be handed out in San Francisco in June.

The show was hosted by transgender actress Candis Cayne and gay actor Wilson Cruz. Participants included “Iron Chef America” chef Cat Cora, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, skater Johnny Wier, “Mad Men” star Bryan Batt, Chaz Bono and and Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teen whose high school cancelled the prom because she asked to attend with her girlfriend.

Former “American Idol” contestant Adam Lambert performed.

The awards:

Vanguard Award: Drew Barrymore
Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Wanda Sykes
Outstanding Film – Wide Release: “A Single Man”
Outstanding Comedy Series: “Glee”
Outstanding Reality Program: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism Segment: “Polemicas Adopciones,” from “Noticiero Telemundo”
Outstanding Los Angeles Theater: “Lydia” by Octavio Solis

Recipients from March 13 New York ceremony:

Excellence in Media Award: Joy Behar
Vito Russo Award: Cynthia Nixon
Outstanding Drama Series: “Brothers & Sisters”
Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series: “Prayers for Bobby”
Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: Why Will Won’t Pledge Allegiance,” from “American Morning”
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: (tie) “We Love You, This Won’t Change a Thing” by John Buccigtross ( and “Why Can’t You Just Butch Up? Gay Men, Effeminancy and Our War with Ourselves” by Brent Hartinger (
Outstanding Film-Limited Release: “Little Ashes”
Outstanding Individual Episode: "Pawnee Zoo" from “Parks and Recreation”
Outstanding Daily Drama: “One Life to Live”
Outstanding Talk Show Episode: "Ellen DeGeneres and Her Wife, Portia de Rossi" from ”The Oprah Winfrey Show”
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: "Uganda Be Kidding Me" (series) from “The Rachel Maddow Show”
Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Kept From a Dying Partner's Bedside" by Tara Parker-Pope (The New York Times)
Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Rich (The New York Times)
Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The New York Times
Outstanding Magazine Article: "Coming Out in Middle School" by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (The New York Times Magazine)
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate
Outstanding Comic Book: Detective Comics by Greg Rucka
Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off–Broadway: “A Boy and His Soul” by Colman Domingo
Outstanding New York Theater: Off–Off Broadway: “She Like Girls” by Chisa Hutchinson

Spanish-Language Awards:

Outstanding Novela: “Más Sabe el Diablo”
Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode: "Adopción gay: un tema muy controversial" from “Paparazzi TV Sensacional”
Outstanding Talk Show Interview: "Realidades de ser gay en la tercera edad" from “El Show de Cristina”
Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: (tie) "En el cuerpo equivocado" form “Primer Impacto” and "Damas gracias: Entrevista con Eva Leivas-Andino" from “Al Rojo Vivo”
Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Mas familias de dos papás o dos mamas" by Pilar Marrero (La Opinión)
Outstanding Magazine Article: "Del odio a la justicia" by Lena Hansen (People en Español)
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Saliendo del clóset: Cómo enfrentarlo en familia" by Fernanda Martínez (