True Blood features numerous gay characters — some are human like Lafayette, played by Nelsan Ellis, and others are vampires, like Russell Edgington, the vampire king of Mississippi, played by Denis O’Hare. Denis O’Hare accepted the award on behalf of the show.
As for the rest of the honorees, the Excellence in Media Award went to Russell Simmons, and Ricky Martin walked away with a twofer. Tina Fey was on hand to accept the award for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character) for “Klaus & Greta,” an episode which not only saw Liz’s gay cousin come into town for a visit, but also (and this can’t be a coincidence, right?) saw Jenna agree to fake date none other than Mr. Oscar.
In addition to receiving the Vito Russo Award, the episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in which Ricky discussed his memoir, his coming out and his life as a father took home the award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode.
Other winners from the positive LGBT-depicting night include Anderson Cooper, whose Anderson Cooper 360 series on gay teen suicides won for Outstanding TV Journalism, the Scissor Sisters, who won for Outstanding Music Artist, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Congrats, and keep up the good work!
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The rest of this year’s GLAAD Media Awards will be divvied up in Los Angeles on April 10 and in San Francisco on May 14.
Congratulations True Blood!
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