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PHOTOS: Madonna, Anderson Cooper, “Smash,” Snooki And More At GLAAD Media Awards

 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented By Ketel One And Wells Fargo - Backstage

PHOTOS: It was a night for stargazing at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York on Saturday, when celebrities, activists and allies came together to support the LGBT watchdog group.

While Anderson Cooper was there to receive the prestigious Vito Russo award, it was his presenter, Madonna, who had everyone buzzing. Other notables included Milla Jovovich, Jersey Shore‘s Snooki and J-Wow, Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens (looking insanely fine), stage legend Bernadette Peters, Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neal Meron and co-star Christian Borle, singer Jake Shears, Wilson Cruz, athlete allies Chris Kluwe and Brandon Ayanbadejo, AIDS activist Peter Staley, How to Survive a Plague director David France, trans advocate Lauren Foster, Honey Boo Boo mom June Shannon, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, director Brett Ratner, who used his acceptance speech to apologize for using an anti-gay slur during a 2011 interview. Good Morning America hosts Sam Champion, Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer emceed the night’s proceedings.

The event was momentous, and not just because the Material Girl was on hand: It was an unofficial announcement of sorts, that GLAAD would no longer simply be a media watchdog—that fight has largely been won—it would shine the media’s lens on issues like marriage equality, trans youth and the Boy Scouts ban.

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick revealed that, moving forward, group’s name would no longer be an acronym for Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation—because its mission extends to supporting bisexuals, transgenders and straight allies.

Though not household names, we were also privileged to meet Coy Mathis and Jazz, young trans girls are fighting discrimination in their schools, as well as Jenn Tyrell,  kicked out of her post as a Boy Scouts den mother because she is a lesbian.


Photos: Wilsonmodels; Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GLAAD

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  Anderson Cooper

 

24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented By Ketel One And Wells Fargo - Dinner and Show

Anderson Cooper and Madonna  

24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented By Ketel One And Wells Fargo - Red Carpet

Dan Stevens

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Smash Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriquez and Welsey Taylor

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts (right) and husband Patrick Abner

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Trans advocate Lauren Foster (right) and friend

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John Leguizamo and wife Justine Maurer

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JWoww

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Baby Daddy, Josh Woods and Jake Shears

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The Fabulous Beekman Boys

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“Mama” June Shannon

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GMA’s Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and Sam Champion

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Peter Staley with Anderson Cooper and partner Benjamin Maisani

24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented By Ketel One And Wells Fargo - Red Carpet

Bernadette Peters

24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented By Ketel One And Wells Fargo - Red Carpet

Laverne Cox

 

24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented By Ketel One And Wells Fargo - Red Carpet

Milla Jovovich

24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented By Ketel One And Wells Fargo - Red Carpet

Jwoww and Snooki

 

24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Presented By Ketel One And Wells Fargo - Red Carpet

Nigel Barker and wife Cristen Chen

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Mar 18, 2013
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  • 3 Comments
    • watching1
      watching1

      Hah! GLAAD can’t even live up to the “Gay and Lesbian” part of their name. If they were serious about Hollywood’s representation issues, we’d have seen a lot more from them regarding shows like Glee and The New Normal’s serious issues, instead of acting like Ryan Murphy’s PR company.

      Mar 18, 2013 at 7:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MMDD
      MMDD

      My God…Thomas Roberts and Patrick Abner are HOT, HOT, HOT! I’d sure love to be a fly on that bedroom wall. ;-)

      Mar 18, 2013 at 8:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian
      Brian

      GLAAD. should be called JOKE. It certainly does’t represent me as a gay man. Madonna is just gross.

      Mar 18, 2013 at 9:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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