Cynthia Nixon, Joy Behar honored at NYC GLAAD Awards
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation opened its 2010 awards season in New York City over the weekend, with a star-studded ceremony headlined by Sigourney Weaver, Meredith Viera, Alan Cumming and others. The gay media watchdog on Saturday night honored ‘Sex and the City’ star Cynthia Nixon with its Vito Russo Award, given each year to an out entertainment professional who’s made a significant difference promoting equal rights for the LGBT community.
GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award went to comedienne and talk host Joy Behar, who demurred when OutQ asked about being recognized as a “gay hero.”
Behar: “It’s really, it’s over the top to call me a hero. I’m just a person who was never told to be quiet. I mean, it’s an honor and privilege to get this kind of an award. Because it’s just giving it to me for who I am rather than for what I do, in a way. I’m not playing a role, I’m not on stage, I’m just talking as myself. And I think that’s a tremendous honor.”
The big hit of the three-hour award ceremony wasn’t a celebrity at all, but a little boy. As a ten-year-old last year, Will Phillips refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at his middle school in Arkansas because — he says — “liberty and justice for all” doesn’t include gay people.
Phillips: “Not everyone can marry. People are voting on the LGBT community’s marriage, but they aren’t voting on my parents’ marriage. So, everyone should be equal.”
Phillips and CNN producer Beth Marengo accepted GLAAD’s award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment.
Other honors went to the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and the Lifetime network film “Prayers for Bobby.”