GLAAD Media Awards Honor Chaz Bono, Josh Hutcherson, 'Modern Family', 'Drop Dead Diva', 'Hot In Cleveland', 'Beginners'

GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization awarded its honors in Los Angeles tonight for most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the media. AP is reporting that the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards went to ABC’s Modern Family for TV comedy series, the indie Beginners for wide-release film, and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland in a tie for individual TV episode. The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson won the Vanguard Award. But it was Chaz Bono who picked up a pair of trophies: the 43-year-old transgender activist won the outstanding documentary prize for Becoming Chaz as well as the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

  1. What amazing/sucky about this is that GLAAD gives awards to mainstream media for gay-pos content, but totally ignores LGBT media. Where were the awards for the Q Television Network?

  2. What did Chaz do to deserve an award, other than dutifully play his role as token LGBT on DWTS?

  3. “token LGBT”? Are there lots of transsexuals on Dancing with the Stars? Of course, I think calling Chaz Bono a celebrity is a stretch. All Chaz ever did was to be born to two famous people. That made Chaz pseudo-famous. And I believe the purpose of the GLAAD Media Awards is to award those that advance the acceptance of gay culture among the greater populace. If it’s a gay niche film, the chances are it is not seen by too many outside of that community.

    1. I don’t see how he advanced the cause by riding his mom’s coat tails to a longer-than-deserved stint, but ok. Giving it to him taints the spirit of the award, but hey, I don’t really expect awards to be given based on actual merit in this town anyway.

  4. Nothing against Chaz, but he would’ve never been on DWTS if not for his mother. Chaz is not even a Z-list celebrity. It’s a shame that GLAAD Media decides to go this route, rather than giving awards to gay actors (or straight actors who portray gay characters).

  5. Steve Kolzak was a dear friend of mine. We grew up together in Virginia. Steve was courageous and came out at a time in Hollywood when it was a great personal and professional risk. He was fearless. He was adamant. Many stand on his shoulders.

    Chaz Bono did a courageous thing. I am sure there are young people who see him as a role model for their own struggles.

    It is in the spirit of courage not famous parents or celebrity….and the memory of Steve Kolzak that this award was given.

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