23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Red Carpet Arrivals to Livestream at glaad.org/live, YouTube

'Glee' stars Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera, Bernadette Peters, John Stamos, Russell Simmons, Dakota Fanning, Vinny Guadagnino, Carson Kressley, Megan Hilty, Wendy Williams, and more to show support for equality at #glaadawards on 3/24
March 23, 2012

Rich Ferraro
Director of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011

New York, NY, March 23, 2012 – GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, announced today that it will livestream footage of red carpet arrivals at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, taking place at the New York Marriott Marquis this Saturday, March 24, starting at 4:30pm ET.

Supporters and fans can sign up for the livestream at www.glaad.org/live, which will also be featured on YouTube. They can also follow @GLAAD on Twitter using hashtag #glaadawards for up-to-the-minute information including Twitpics of special guests and a play-by-play of the show.

Broadway legend Bernadette Peters will present film, television, and theater producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan with the Vito Russo Award in recognition of their commitment to including LGBT images and storylines in their work. The Vito Russo Award is presented annually to openly LGBT media professionals who make a significant difference in promoting equality.

Weinstein Company Co-Chairman and outspoken anti-bullying advocate Harvey Weinstein will present a Special Recognition Award to openly gay 17-year-old Katy Butler. Butler launched a Change.org campaign last month to advocate that the 'R' rating of the upcoming documentary Bully be changed to 'PG-13.' That petition now boasts nearly half a million signatures.

Other special guests will include: Glee's Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith will host the event. Bernadette Peters and John Stamos will present the Vito Russo Award to film and Broadway producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago, Hairspray, Smash).  Harvey Weinstein will present a Special Recognition Award to teenage anti-bullying advocate Katy Butler.  Guests include: Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn); hip hop icon Russell Simmons; Megan Hilty (Smash); Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef); MSNBC's Thomas Roberts; Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore); Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans (Pariah); Carson Kressley (Dancing with the Stars); Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband Victor Voronov; Ted Allen (Chopped); Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys); Tracey Gold (Starving Secrets with Tracey Gold); Wendy Williams (The Wendy Williams Show); Laverne Cox (Musical Chairs); Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock); Jamie Clayton (Hung); Jay Manuel, Isis King (America's Next Top Model); Janet Mock (People.com); Emil Wilbekin (Essence); Annette O'Toole (Southern Comfort). See the full list here: www.glaad.org/mediaawards

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. Each year, the GLAAD Media Awards in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco bring together more than 5,000 advocates and allies to raise nearly $3.5 million for the organization's work.

For a full list of nominees, ticket information, or to become a table host, or place a tribute in the tribute book, visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards or call (212) 219-0111.