"Glee" and "Modern Family" honored by gay group

LOS ANGELES Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:46am EDT

1 of 10. Actress Kristin Chenoweth is lifted off her feet as she gets a hug as she accepted the Vanguard Award from actor Sean Hayes at the 22nd annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in Los Angeles, April 10, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Glee" and "Modern Family" tied for best TV comedy series at the annual GLAAD Awards on Sunday, as the campaign group honored shows and stars for advancing the portrayal of gays and lesbians in the media.

The two Emmy-award winning shows both feature gay characters and themes that have helped built acceptance of America's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, the nation's leading gay rights group said.

Fashion design contest "Project Runway" won the reality TV award after showcasing a contestant last year who publicly revealed for the first time that he was HIV-positive.

Broadway and TV actress Kristin Chenoweth, a guest star on "Glee," was presented with the Vanguard Award, which is handed out annually by GLAAD to those who increase visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.

Chenoweth was singled out for defending her gay Broadway co-star Sean Hayes in the musical "Promises, Promises" against comments in a 2010 magazine article that argued that openly gay actors were unconvincing in straight roles.

The awards were presented at a gala dinner in Los Angeles hosted by "Parks and Recreation" actresses Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) hands out awards to TV shows, movies, journalists, musicians and bloggers that most fairly portray the LGBT community and the issues that affect them.

Most of the media awards will be handed out at a ceremony in San Francisco in May.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)

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Comments (4)
daniwitz13 wrote:
Gays want to tell the world that they exist. That is all well and good, but when they demand rights that never existed for others, it makes a problem for everybody. They’ve had all the same rights as everyone, but they push it further and claim they are denied rights. Which is similar to a man demanding to get pregnant. It creates a problem where there is none. Many live together for over 50 years. This implies no lacked rights. Discrimination should not be tolerated but a separate issue, and Benefits are also a separate issue. Many Gays lump them all together, which is wrong. They are no different from any Race or Color.

Apr 11, 2011 1:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
realsubzero wrote:
Sorry Daniwitz13 but that is the most ignorant post ive read here. How could you say that gay people have the same rights and are only looking for rights that no one else has? are you kidding me? where do you get your information. Gay people have a severe lack or rights, especially in the States, do your homework before talking nonsense mate

Apr 11, 2011 6:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
5tudentT wrote:
daniwitz13 – what brand new rights are they demanding?

realsubzero – I’ve been where daniwitz13 is now, that is, ignorant. All I knew about gays/lesbians is what I read in the Bible and heard in jokes. Spending time with someone is the only way to understand them. For me, ending up in a workplace with gays/lesbians, and actually working with and talking with them, eventually changed my attitude.

Apr 11, 2011 12:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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