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Betty White, Jersey Shore‘s Vinny G. To Appear At 2012 GLAAD Media Awards

Three incarnations of the GLAAD Media Awards (in L.A., NYC, and SF) are popping up in the coming months, and the media-watchdog group has recruited some surprising stars to make appearances.

Jersey Shore‘s Vinny Guadagnino, Kirk Cameron’s anti-Kirk Cameron co-star Tracey Gold, and Top Chef beauty Padma Lakshmi are confirmed to make appearances at the New York edition of the awards, being held on Saturday, March 24th.

If Vinny G. seems an odd choice, Vinny’s actually been a consistent ally, despite being bros with borderline-homophobic Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. Last year, the Vinster introduced several hundred LGBT teens who were part of the audience as part of the GLAAD Media Awards Young Adult program.

Over in L.A., the celebrity level is a bit higher—Ellen DeGeneres, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Betty White, Anna Paquin and Fran Drescher are all either presenting awards or being honored on April 21th.

The nominees for the Awards, announced in January, include Beginners, J. Edgar, Albert Nobbs, Weekend, Pariah, Glee, Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy. Other nominees include Maureen Dowd and Frank Bruni for Outstanding Newspaper columnist, Entertainment Weekly and People for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage, and Batwoman and Archie for Outstanding Comic Book.

A third ceremony will be held on June 2 in San Francisco, but the celebrity guests have not yet been announced. For info on tickets and tables, click here.

Photos via Mike L