Russell Simmons, Ricky Martin, OUT/The Advocate, Scissor Sisters and Anderson Cooper were among the top honorees at the 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards presented by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Saturday in New York.
Music and entertainment mogul Russell Simmons received the Excellence in Media Award presented by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Both are veteran supporters of gay rights and Simmons recently took part in advertisements for the Human Rights Campaign to support marriage equality. Simmons referenced religious-based homophobia in his acceptance speech.
"I'm humbled by having one of my mentors and heroes Rev. Sharpton giving me this award," said Simmons. "It's no secret that faith-based communities, in some cases, have been difficult, and I think that for all of us who step outside of our comfort zone and fight for the rights of others, we are blessed. And Rev. Sharpton [has] stood up in so many ways and has been very special. And to the gay and lesbian community he's a true blessing."
Ricky Martin was given the Vito Russo Award for promoting equal rights. Martin announced on his blog last March that he is gay and his Oprah appearance to discuss his coming out also won for outstanding talk show episode.
"I just want to be free. I can say, today I am free," the Puerto Rican singer said at New York's GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize the best portrayals of gay community members in film, television, radio, music, newspapers and blogs.
Martin, the 39 year-old singer of hits such as his 1999 single "Livin' la Vida Loca" who has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, revealed he was gay in 2010 after more than a decade in the international spotlight. His coming-out included a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey and since then, he has been heralded as a gay role model, especially for Latin Americans. Martin thanked his parents and boyfriend before urged the audience to "let's go Latin America and let's share the love."
Rod 2.0 was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award and did not win. Bravo and congratulations to JoeMyGod for winning Outstanding Blog.
More awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 10 and in San Francisco on May 14. The full list of winners and via Boy Culture, a clip of Simmons and Martin's acceptance speeches and Wilson Cruz on the red carpet, WHEN YOU JUMP ....
"Most of my vampires have experimented with other sexualities. Eric,
Sookie’s lover, was turned into a vampire by a male vampire who had a
sexual relationship with him for many years. Pam is bisexual. Lafayette is
And: "I think
that people might be less tense about it if we would all accept the fact
that not everyone is wired the same way. I have a lot of friends who
are gay, so it’s kind of a natural thought progression"
When asked if she is bisexual, the author's response: "No, I'm not that interesting."
Speaking of bisexual vamps: The first in a series of six True Blood minisodes leading up to
the show's June 13 premiere has debuted. Watch Eric and Pam audition new dancers for the vampire bar Fangtasia AFTER THE JUMP ...
Last week we had the first images of True Blood hotness Mehcad Brooks as one of the abtastic new bodies for Calvin Klein's X brand of underwear. Some newer images have leaked that show ALL of Mehcad's muscles are very fit and very bulging. A closeup of the goods AFTER THE JUMP ...
Zumanity meets True Blood? Mehcad Brooks models his washboard abs, pecs and treasure trail—oh and some fashion, too—as part of the Macy’s Passport gala in San Francisco. The annual fashion extravaganza raises money for HIV/AIDS services and research.
Last week, the True Blood hunk told HoneyMag.com that he wouldn't get married until it’s legal for everyone. "What I mean by that is the whole Prop 8 thing. I find it really offensive ... when you start throwing people’s rights away. Until we get our gay brothers and sisters back into a realm of consciousness that everyone else is in, it’s just not right."
Oh and is that and an egg in Eggs' pocket or is he just happy to see someone?
"I didn't understand why they took me in such a drastic direction [in Season 2], but then again, somebody who is used to being on top because of his charms—once he's completely powerless to defend himself, that can be completely traumatizing," Ellis said.
One of the things that traumatized Lafayette was being held hostage by the powerful vampire Eric. To heal wounds incurred while he was with Eric, Lafayette had to drink some of the vampire's blood, which has healing properties. The result was a special psychological bond between the two men, a bond that is deeply uncomfortable for Lafayette, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after being set free by Eric. Ellis said he wouldn't mind if his character was turned into a vampire, or if, at the very least, Lafayette and Eric have more scenes together in future. "I love working with Alexander Skarsgard. He brings such gravity to a scene," Ellis said.
Ellis adds that would like for Lafayette to have some flashback scenes with his mother and "it would be
nice if we found out...that she was a vampire."
By the way: The actor says his deeply religious mother and father "do not approve" of their son playing a character such as Lafayette.
"I haven’t even gotten that far [about settling down]. But yeah, I want a wife, I want kids. The whole thing. But I’m also not even concerned with marrying somebody until it’s legal for everybody to get married. And what I mean by that is the whole Prop 8 thing. I find it really offensive. I just find it really problematic when you start throwing people’s rights away. Until we get our gay brothers and sisters back into a realm of consciousness that everyone else is in, it’s just not right. A woman who’s getting married—it’s probably going to be a gay man who made her dress, and a gay man who’s doing her hair and makeup, but he can’t get married. How messed up is that?"
Brooks adds that he has "a crush on Rachel Maddow’s mind."