Renowned film, television, and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will receive the Vito Russo Award at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, hosted by ‘Glee’s Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera, later this month. Broadway legend Bernadette Peters will present the Award, which is given annually to an LGBT professional who makes a significant difference in promoting equality.
Glee's Dianna Agron will host the Awards in San Francisco on June 2. Facebook will receive a Special Recognition Award in San Francisco for the company's strong stand and leadership around bullying prevention, while ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ creator Shonda Rhimes will receive the Golden Gate Award, presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.
Financial leader Wells Fargo will be given the Corporate Leader Award which is presented to companies that exhibit inclusive policies, protection against discrimination, and provide enhanced healthcare benefits access for legally recognized partners and transgender employees.
As previously announced, Weinstein Company Co-Chairman and outspoken anti-bullying advocate Harvey Weinstein will present a Special Recognition Award to high school student Katy Butler in New York. Butler launched a Change.org campaign last month to advocate that the 'R' rating of the upcoming documentary Bully be changed to 'PG-13.'
‘Smash’ star Megan Hilty, ‘Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino and Wendy Williams are among the stars coming out to support equality in New York, while Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, ‘Hunger Games’ star Josh Hutcherson, and ‘True Blood’s Anna Paquin will attend the Los Angeles ceremonies.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.