Celesbians come out for the 2009 GLAAD Awards in NYC


Last night in New York City, celebrities gathered to celebrate the 20th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards. Several lesbians were honored as part of the ceremony.

Suze Orman with T.R. Knight

The lesbian financial guru was recognized with the Vito Russo Award, which is presented to “an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community.”

In her acceptance speech, Orman said she wants the LGBT community to take note of the corporations that put their “time and money” behind us:

Do you want to continue to give your money to people in corporations that oppress us, that keep us down? Or do you want to give your money to the corporations who can help us rise and change what needs to be changed in the United States of America today. I ask you to honor those corporations not only with your support but with your money as well. We can do this — and here’s how you’re going to do it. You are going to think about every single penny you spend from this day forward. And the only think I ask of you is to spend it and invest it in those companies that invest in you.

Kate Clinton

The lesbian comedian hosted the show.

Cherry Jones with Phil Donahue

The 24 actress presented Donahue with a a Special Recognition Award for his television work.

Others in attendance include:

Jane Velez-Mitchell

Fringe‘s Jasika Nicole with Jay Manuel

Heather Matarazzo with Michelle Clunie and GLAAD president Neil G. Giulliano

Some other notable winners of the evening include k.d. lang for Outstanding Music Artist and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Outstanding Comic Book. MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann won for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment for his Prop 8 segment, “Special Comment: Gay Marriage is a Question of Love” on Coutndown earlier this year.

Read the full-list of winners and see more photos from the event at the GLAAD website. Additional awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, and in San Francisco on May 9 at the Hilton San Francisco, including special recognition of Kathy Griffin and The L Word.

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