GLAAD honors Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks, Suze Orman, and Keith Olberman were among the celebrities honored at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York Saturday night. Clay Aiken presented Tyra Banks with the excellence in media award, which, according to a GLAAD press release, “is presented to individuals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community in the media.” Orman won the Vito Russo award, which recognizes an openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender media professional who promotes equal rights. Orman urged the crowd to “take note of what corporations put their time and money behind gays, behind lesbians – behind you.” Phil Donahue, an honoree at the first GLAAD Media Awards in 1990, accepted a special recognition award, and Olberman accepted an award for his show’s segment “Special Comment: Gay Marriage is a Question of Love.” Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom and Shelter tied for outstanding limited-release film, and As the World Turns won for outstanding daily drama. Other GLAAD honorees will be recognized at a Los Angeles ceremony next month.