More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
VIDEO: Glee's Naya Rivera hosts the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, calls for more transgender-inclusive storylines on TV
On Saturday night, GLAAD honored the media’s most outstanding representations of the LGBT community at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco, presented nationally by ROKK Vodka and locally by Southwest Airlines.
"Glee’s" Naya Rivera hosted the evening, who told the crowd that “hopefully the huge increases in gay and lesbian characters will lead to more diverse and transgender-inclusive storylines.” Watch video of Naya’s opening remarks below.
Kim Cattrall, Kara Swisher and “The Kids Are All Right” were among the GLAAD Media Award recipients, with special guests including Mario Lopez, Sara Ramirez, Dustin Lance Black and Christian Chavez, among others.
Backstage, Rivera told Ramirez, "We're Latina. We're lesbians. Let's do this!"
National Presenting Partner ROKK Vodka also pledged $100 donation for each time someone said “ROKK” on stage.
Previous events were held in Los Angeles and New York, where GLAAD honored Ricky Martin, Kristin Chenoweth, Russell Simmons, Robert Greenblatt, “30 Rock,” “Glee,” “Modern Family” and “True Blood” among others.
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. GLAAD Media Award nominees were published, released or broadcast between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010.
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