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April 29, 2001
GLAAD HONORS PARIS BARCLAY, WILL & GRACE, QUEER AS FOLK, K.D. LANG, LOS ANGELES TIMES AT 12TH ANNUAL MEDIA AWARDS PRESENTED BY ABSOLUT VODKA IN LOS ANGELES

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) honored the best in film, television, journalism, music and theater Saturday night at the 12th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented by ABSOLUT VODKA at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor individuals and projects in the media and entertainment industries for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

At ceremonies held Saturday, April 28 at the Century Plaza Hotel, Jimmy Smits presented director/producer/writer Paris Barclay (The West Wing, ER) with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. The award, named after a highly successful Los Angeles casting director who devoted the last part of his life to fighting AIDS-phobia and homophobia within the entertainment industry, honors a lesbian or gay member of the entertainment or media community for his/her work toward eliminating homophobia.

Other guests and presenters included: Ellen DeGeneres; k.d. lang; Megan Mullally; Sean Hayes; Melissa Etheridge; LeAnn Rimes; Bill Brochtrup; Christian Campbell; Tisha Campbell; Margaret Cho; Deborah Gibson; Leeza Gibbons; Ian Gomez (Felicity); James Le Gros; Garry Marshall; Sheryl Lee Ralph; Kerr Smith (Dawson’s Creek); Bruce Vilanch; Gabriel Romero & James Leary (Los Beltran); Dean Cain, Andrew Keegan & Billy Porter (The Broken Hearts Club); Mitchell Anderson; Diane Delano, Leslie Grossman & Tammy Lynn Michaels (Popular); Michelle Clunie, Thea Gill, Sharon Gless, Randy Harrison, Scott Lowell, Peter Paige & Hal Sparks (Queer as Folk)

Following is a complete list of Saturday night’s Media Awards recipients:

Outstanding Film - Wide Release: Billy Elliot
Outstanding Film - Limited Release: The Broken Hearts Club
Outstanding Comedy Series: Will & Grace
Outstanding Drama Series: Queer as Folk
Outstanding Individual Episode: "The Whole Truth" Ed
Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: Los Angeles Times
Outstanding Music Album: Invincible Summer, k.d. lang
Outstanding Los Angeles Theater: Southern Baptist Sissies

Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Paris Barclay

Additional awards will be presented in Washington, D.C., on May 12; and in San Francisco on June 9. To purchase tickets for upcoming GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies, please contact Levy, Pazanti & Associates at (888) 655-6529 or (310) 201-5033. General event and ticket information can also be found online at www.glaad.org.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of individuals and events in all media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

      

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