Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters Honoured At Gay Awards

by | 28 April 2008

Tags: ABC - Cindy Crawford - Janet Jackson - Kathy Griffin - Matthew Rhys - Rufus Wainwright - Sharon Stone

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Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters were among the winners at the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards.

The ABC sitcom starring America Ferrara as an unlikely resident of the fashion world was named the best comedy series for the second year running, with praise for its handling of gay and transgender issues.

Michael Urie stars as Betty's openly gay friend Marc in the comedy hit while X-Men actress Rebecca Romijn plays transsexual magazine editor Alexis Meade.

And ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, in which Welsh actor Matthew Rhys stars as gay lawyer Kevin, was named best drama series.

Other stars honoured at the 19th annual ceremony, which took place at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, included musician Rufus Wainwright who was presented with the Stephen F Kolzak award by actress Sharon Stone in recognition of his efforts to promote equal rights.

"I'd like to thank GLAAD so much for allowing the world to see us as we are – as human beings – and to fight for us when we are being defamed and maligned," the singer/songwriter said in his acceptance speech.

"And also to allow gay people, who think that everything's fine, to actually realise that it's not, and that there is a lot of work to do."

Fellow musician Janet Jackson was given the Vanguard award, offered to stars who have "have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community".

"To everyone at GLAAD and everyone in this room, I would just to say that I hope I can always walk worthy of this award that I have both in my hand and my heart," she said accepting the prize.

Comedienne Kathy Griffin took the reality programme prize for My Life on the D-List while photographer Herb Ritts was posthumously honoured with the Pioneer award, accepted on his behalf by model Cindy Crawford.

28/04/2008 09:08:06

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Brothers and Sisters still discriminates between it's gay and straight couples. All the straight couples in the show share passionate lip locks time and again while the gay couples don't cross the cute-but-not-gross ceiling that apparently still remains solid. There are NO scenes that show a lead up to sex (something that the directors are gratuitous when it comes to the straight couples) and hardly any which shows any passion between Kevin and his boyfriends. Are we supposed to believe that he alone was raised a WASP ? While some may call this - asking a soup kitchen to serve caviar and prime rib - I'm just pointing out that with all the hoopla about increasing Gay representation in the Media, we would be remiss not to point out the incongruous representation of gay relationships in a show that supposedly does such a commendable job at it. It is almost as if the gay couple are living in the STONEwall AGE while the straighties are comfy in the 21st century. I mean it is damn pissing off that the most passionate kiss that Kevin ever had on the show till date is with Julia(Tommy Walker's wife) in a dream sequence !!! How disappointing is that ??? Are they telling us that true passion between men is still relegated to Showtime and they're gonna make us wait another 10 - 15 years to reach expected equality in representation of intimacy between 2 people, irrespective of the gender of either?
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