This Saturday, GLAAD honored pop singer Ricky Martin with the Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. The award, which is named after one of GLAAD’s founders, is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for our community. Martin’s award was presented by film producer Craig Zadan, who was friends with Vito Russo up until Russo’s death in 1990. Ricky Martin’s decision to speak to media about his life as a gay man has had a tremendous impact worldwide, especially for Latino youth and their parents. Through his latest music video, “The Best Thing About Me Is You,” and his bestselling autobiography, “Me,” Martin promotes self-acceptance and diversity. Watch Ricky's acceptance speech below: jMQfWkP0lco
The GLAAD Media Awards series will continue in Los Angeles on April 10, 2011, where GLAAD will honor Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth with the Vanguard Award and NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, among several others. (To buy your tickets to the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, click here.) The final ceremony will take place in San Francisco on May 14, 2011, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives. For more information about the GLAAD Media Awards, including a complete list of nominees, announced winners and photos, visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards.
Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth will receive the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles