Talk show host Tyra Banks, out financial guru Suze Orman and talk show pioneer Phil Donahue were honored at the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. Banks received the Excellence in Media Award, Orman received the Vito Russo Award and Donhue was the recipient of the Special Recognition Award:.
Banks discussed the connections between homophobia and racism and credited the gay community for her rise to stardom as a black supermodel in an overwhelmingly white-dominated industry. "You empowered me," Banks told the audience. "And in turn, when I finally had a platform and the power and a voice to get across the points and the messages that are important to me, I brought you along with me, because you embraced me."
Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom and Shelter tied for outstanding limited-release film, black bisexual ESPN.com columnist LZ Granderson won for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article, among other winners. Full list is here. Jennifer Holliday performed and brought down the house. Other GLAAD honorees will be recognized at a Los Angeles ceremony next month.