By Josh Rottenberg
April 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Comedian Kathy Griffin took home the Vanguard Award at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards, which honor fair, accurate, and inclusive depictions of the gay and lesbian communities in the mainstream media. Other victors at this year’s ceremony at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre included The L Word, which won a special recognition award; Milk, which nabbed outstanding film in wide release; Desperate Housewives, which was named outstanding comedy series; and Ellen DeGeneres, who received the award for best talk-show episode for “Ellen and Portia’s Wedding Day.”