From LOS ANGELES — Tinseltown brushed off its GLAAD rags as the stars illuminated from  the JW Marrott in Los Angeles, the host for the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards. If you missed going, (and shame on you) here are some of the night’s high points.

Our hostess for the evenings festivities was none other than the incredible and delicious Drew Barrymore.


NBC’ is beaming with gay pride as their sitcom “The New Normal,” picked up a top honor. NBC’s daytime drama “Gays of Our Lives” sorry I mean Days of Our Lives also took home a trophy. FX’s thriller “American Horror Story: Asylum” also received TV honors.

The GLAAD awards pay tribute to “inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.”

The event, boasted such Hollywood heavyweights as presenters Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Betty White and Leonardo DiCaprio.




Other winners included “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which was named outstanding film: wide release, and former President Bill Clinton was given the first advocate for change award.


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On the arrivals line, longtime Clinton friend, Oscar-winner Mary Steenburgen, got her little blue dress cleaned just for this event to defended the former president’s controversial honor. Under Clinton’s administration came the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage, as well as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy.


“Actually, (“don’t ask, don’t tell”) was a sorrow for him,” Steenburgen said. “So, I think he’s spent a large part of his life making up for that. But I tell you this: He’s never not had his heart in the right place, in terms of the gay community.”

Still not convince his heart is in the right place. Turns out, pounding a wooden stake through a vampire’s heart works even if the guy’s not a vampire.

Many who walked the press gauntlet shared personal stories. Actor Justin Bartha said a brother’s coming out moved him both personally and professionally.

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It must be a awkward moment when a Zombie is looking for brains and it walks right past you.

“It was an inspiring moment – I’m sure for him and definitely me and my whole family,” Bartha noted. “So, it was at the forefront of my mind when looking at (the role of half of a gay couple in “The New Normal”).”

“Kyle XY” actor Matt Dallas discussed his decision to come out publicly earlier this year.


MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts talked about the recent marriage to his male partner of 12 years.


Entertainment blogger Perez Hilton detailed the challenges of being the single gay parent of a newly adopted child.


And transgendered Chaz Bono expressed hopes for the gay lesbian bisexual transgender community’s future.

“I mean, I think the goal always has to be equality in all aspects under the law,” he said. “You’re never going to eradicate discrimination. We see that with other minorities. Racism is still, unfortunately, alive and well. But equal protection under the law makes a huge difference. So, I think, for me, that is the goal, that is the thing to strive for.”


Kelly Rowland got the house moving.



Perks Of Being A Wallflower Wins Outstanding Film

And The Winners Are:

GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Advocate for Change Award: Bill Clinton, presented by Harvey Weinstein and Jennifer Lawrence

GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Steve Warren, presented by Leonardo DiCaprio and Charlize Theron

GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Outstanding Film – Wide Release: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment), accepted by writer-director Stephen Chbosky with Logan Lerman, Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman

GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Outstanding Comedy Series: The New Normal (NBC), accepted by co-creators Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler with Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, Jayson Blair, NeNe Leakes

GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Outstanding Individual Episode: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Me What to Do” Raising Hope (Fox), accepted by show creator Greg Garcia with Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward

GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series: American Horror Story: Asylum (FX), accepted by show creator Ryan Murphy

GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Outstanding Daily Drama: Days of Our Lives (NBC), accepted by: Freddie Smith

GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “At Home with Neil Patrick Harris, His Fiancé David Burtka, & Their Twins” Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN)

GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Outstanding Los Angeles Theater: The Children by Michael Elyanow


GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Outstanding Daytime Talk Show Episode: “Confirma su identidad como mujer” Showbiz (CNN en Español)

GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine: TIE: “Los transexuales buscan su identidad en medio de ignorancia y prejuicios” Encuentro (CNN en Español) and “La vida en rosa” Aquí y Ahora (Univision)

GLAADMediaAwardTrophy Outstanding Newspaper Article: “Gays y padres excelentes” by Pilar Marrero (La Opinión)


Additional 2013 GLAAD Media Awards were presented in New York on March 16. The final awards will be presented in San Francisco on May 11.

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