THE CAST OF UGLY BETTY, DAYANARA TORRES, EVA MENDEZ, BEN AFFLECK AND JENNIFER ANISTON THIS SATURDAY AT THE LA GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS
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JENNIFER ANISTON TO RECEIVE VANGUARD AWARD AT 18TH ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA
AWARDS PRESENTED BY ABSOLUT VODKA IN LOS ANGELES
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 FilmWide 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
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@....
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
18th ANNUAL GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS
IN LOS ANGELES
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.
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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