On Saturday March 23 the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards kicked off in New York City with a gala event hosted by “Glee” stars Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith.
The first of three events — the other two will take place in Los Angeles on April 21 and San Francisco on June 2 — included a who’s who of the LGBT community and its allies like actress Dakota Fanning, hip-hop icon Russell Simmons, “Top Chef” star Padma Lakshmi, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, the Food Network’s Ted Allen, Wendy Williams, Jay Manuel and Isis King from “America’s Next Top Model” and more.
Awards were handed out in a number of categories including Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage, won by The Advocate/Out, Outstanding Music Artist, won by Lady Gaga for her album “Born This Way,” and Outstanding Talk Show Episode, won by “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for the episode “Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests.”
A Special Recognition Award was presented by Harvey Weinstein to the openly gay 17-year-old anti-bullying advocate Katy Butler who has been tirelessly fighting in hopes of securing a PG-13, rather than R, rating for the documentary “Bully.”
Padma looks great!