On Sunday night at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, Sean Hayes presented the Vanguard Award to Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth. The Vanguard Award is presented to individuals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community in the media.
Chenoweth has spoken out repeatedly in support of full equality for LGBT people. In 2010, for instance, Chenoweth publicly challenged a controversial Newsweek article which incorrectly asserted that gay actors cannot play straight roles.
"I want to encourage many people of all faiths to come forward and stand with me," Chenoweth said in her remarks. "Even if you don't believe in Jesus the way I do, he did teach love -- not just tolerance, but acceptance. I'm lucky I had parents who adopted me at birth, conservative Southern Baptists who said, 'You will love everyone the same'…Mostly I would like to thank GLAAD for this amazing, amazing honor. This is the biggest honor I have ever received."
Watch Kristin accept her award from Sean below:
The final GLAAD Media Awards event will take place in San Francisco on May 14 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The New York GLAAD Media Awards were held on March 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
For more information about the GLAAD Media Awards, including a complete list of nominees, announced winners and photos, visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards.