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  • Monica Taher
    Contacts: Kelly Striewski BWR (310) 550-7776 (O) kstriewski@bwr-la.com Nick Adams GLAAD 323-634-2043 (O) adams@glaad.org JENNIFER ANISTON TO RECEIVE VANGUARD
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 12, 2007
      Kelly Striewski
      (310) 550-7776 (O)

      Nick Adams
      323-634-2043 (O)


      Attending: America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Tony Plana (Ugly Betty),
      Silvio Horta (Ugly Betty), Sarah Ramirez (Ugly Betty), Ben Affleck,
      Dayanara Torres, Eva Mendes, Eduardo Xol, Lance Bass (former member of
      ‘N Sync) and more!

      Los Angeles, Thursday, April 12, 2007 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance
      Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced today that acclaimed actress
      Jennifer Aniston will receive the Vanguard Award for her contributions
      to increased visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay,
      bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. GLAAD previously announced
      that tennis legend and activist Martina Navratilova will receive the
      Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which will be presented by openly gay former
      'N Sync member Lance Bass. Grey's Anatomy actor T. R. Knight will
      open the show.

      The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor mainstream media for their
      fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and
      the issues that affect their lives and will be held in Los Angeles on
      April 14, 2007 at the Kodak Theatre.

      Additional ceremonies will be held in San Francisco on April 28 at the
      Westin St. Francis, and in South Florida on May 10 at the JW Marriott
      Miami. Additional Special Honorees for San Francisco and South
      Florida will be named at a later date.

      Guests scheduled to attend the Los Angeles event include: Katherine
      Heigl; Eva Mendes; America Ferrera, Rebecca Romijn, and Judith Light
      (Ugly Betty); Rachel Griffiths, Matthew Rhys, and Jason Lewis
      (Brothers and Sisters); Garry Marshall; Neil Patrick Harris; Sarah
      Paulson (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip); Jamie Bamber (Battlestar
      Galactica); former NBA player John Amaechi; and GLAAD President Neil
      G. Giuliano. More names to be announced.

      The year's first GLAAD Media Awards ceremony was held in New York on
      March 26, 2007 at the Marriott Marquis. At the ceremony, Jennifer
      Hudson presented the Excellence in Media Award to singer Patti
      LaBelle; Julianne Moore presented the Vito Russo Award to fashion icon
      Tom Ford; and Cynthia Nixon presented the Pioneer Award to comedian
      and writer Kate Clinton. Also in attendance were Rosie O'Donnell,
      Whoopi Goldberg, John Waters, Hilary Duff, and Tim Gunn.

      For the third consecutive year, the GLAAD Media Awards will be
      televised on Logo, MTV Networks' cable channel for lesbian, gay,
      bisexual, transgender viewers and their allies. The Logo airdate for
      the GLAAD Media Awards is April 21, 2007.

      In January, GLAAD announced 122 nominees in 26 English-language
      categories, and 61 Spanish-language nominees in 16 categories. Award
      recipients in the following categories will be announced onstage at
      the Los Angeles event:

      Outstanding Film–Wide Release (Little Miss Sunshine, The Night
      Listener, Running with Scissors, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky
      Bobby, V for Vendetta)
      Outstanding Drama Series (Brothers and Sisters, The L Word, Hex, The
      Sopranos, South of Nowhere)
      Outstanding Comedy Series (Desperate Housewives, The Office, So
      NoTORIous, Ugly Betty)
      Outstanding Individual Episode ("Blind Date" 30 Rock, "Forever Blue"
      Cold Case, "Lincoln Lover" American Dad, "Single Stamina" How I Met
      Your Mother, "Where the Boys Are" Grey's Anatomy)
      Outstanding Spanish-Language Newspaper Overall Coverage (El Diario la
      Prensa [New York], El Nuevo Día [Puerto Rico], Hoy [New York], La
      Opinión [Los Angeles], La Raza [Chicago])

      A complete list of this year's 183 nominees and print-quality photos
      of selected nominees and honorees are available at:
      http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards. This year, more than 5,000 people
      will attend the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles, San
      Francisco and South Florida, raising more than $3.7 million for the
      organization's work.

      More than 100 corporate sponsors are showing their support, including
      Founding Sponsor ABSOLUT VODKA, which is returning to the GLAAD Media
      Awards for the 18th consecutive year. GLAAD is also grateful to the
      event's Platinum Underwriter Sponsors IBM and Time Warner. Allstate
      Insurance Company, American Airlines, Atlantis Events, Bud Light,
      Coors Brewing Company, Harrah's Foundation, Hilton Hotels Corporation,
      Lehman Brothers, Motorola, The Olivia Companies, Starbucks Coffee
      Company and Wells Fargo support the GLAAD Media Awards as Underwriter
      Sponsors. For a full list of corporate sponsors or information on how
      to become a corporate sponsor, purchase tickets or a tribute journal
      ad, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards or contact Stamp Event
      Management at (877) 519-7904 or glaad@....

      About GLAAD
      The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to
      promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of
      people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia
      and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
      For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.


      Bios of Special Honorees


      Jennifer Aniston
      Vanguard Award
      Jennifer Aniston is, without a doubt, one of the most charismatic,
      talented, and celebrated actresses in the world today. It is all the
      more refreshing then, that she hasn't shied away from roles that
      playfully or dramatically explore the boundaries of human sexuality
      and relationships. For ten seasons, Jennifer Aniston played Rachel
      Green on Friends, a show that included, from its very first season, a
      portrayal of a lesbian family. In addition to her role on Friends,
      Aniston starred in The Object of My Affection with Paul Rudd, again
      telling a story of an alternative family. With her gay-friendly roles
      in other projects, such as the film Rockstar, the FX drama Dirt, and a
      music video for Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Aniston has proven herself
      a strong ally of the LGBT community.

      The Vanguard Award is presented to media professionals who, through
      their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the
      lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Past recipients
      include Charlize Theron, Antonio Banderas, Eric McCormack, Elizabeth
      Taylor, Liza Minnelli, and Whoopi Goldberg.

      Martina Navratilova
      Stephen F. Kolzak Award
      Arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, Martina Navratilova
      became one of the first professional sports figures to come out in
      1981, at the height of her legendary singles career. Born in Prague,
      Czechoslovakia, Navratilova emigrated to the United States in 1975 to
      pursue her professional dreams in an atmosphere of freedom. She has
      won a record 167 career singles titles and 178 career doubles titles,
      including 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 41 Grand Slam doubles titles,
      and a record 9 Wimbledon women's singles titles. Throughout her
      career, which ended in 2006, Navratilova has also worked tirelessly on
      behalf of LGBT rights, including addressing the historic 1993 March on
      Washington which inspired her to create the Rainbow Card. The Rainbow
      Card is an affinity credit card which allows users to donate to the
      LGBT community simply by using a credit card. To date the program has
      raised more than 2 million dollars for LGBT non-sprofit organizations.

      The Stephen F. Kolzak Award is named after a highly successful Los
      Angeles casting director who devoted the last part of his life to
      fighting AIDS-phobia and homophobia in the entertainment industry.
      The award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or
      transgender media professional who has made a significant difference
      in promoting equal rights for our community. Previous Stephen F.
      Kolzak honorees include Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Todd Haynes,
      Alan Ball, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sir Ian McKellen.


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