LGBT stars and straight allies descend on New York for first of three-part ceremony
Dancing With The Stars, Lady Gaga and musical drama Smash were among the winners at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation media awards announced yesterday.
The GLAAD awards recognise fair and accurate portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in film, TV, radio, music, newspapers and blogs.
The 23rd award ceremony held by the LGBT watchdog group was hosted by Glee stars Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera took place in the Marriott Marquis Times Square and were streamed live on the GLAAD website.
Taking home the honors for outstanding reality program was Dancing With The Stars while Cinema Verite, a miniseries starring Tim Robbins, Diane Lane and James Gandolfini was honored as outstanding TV movie or miniseries.
Lady Gaga received the outstanding music artist award for her album Born This Way and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers of Smash were presented with the Vito Russo Award for promoting LGBT equality.
Meanwhile, writer and director Dee Rees' movie Pariah, which tells the tale of an African American teenager struggling to come to terms with her lesbian identity, was named as outstanding limited-release film of the year.
Gay high school student Katy Butler was given a special award by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in recognition of her anti-bullying efforts. The 17-year-old launched a Change.org campaign to overturn the Motion Picture Association of America's decision to give an R rating to the film Bully.
More than 400,000 people signed Butler's petition, with 20 Congress members and pop star Justin Bieber putting their signature on the cause.
The GLAAD Media Awards ceremony is the biggest of its kind and will be held in three venues throughout the year. Following last night's New York event, the awards will travel to Los Angeles in April and San Francisco in June.