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Fey, Martin and Simmons Honored at 22nd GLAAD Media Awards

"I would do it at half-time of the Super Bowl," was the reply given by Tina Fey, writer/star of NBC's 30 Rock when GLAADRicky Martin, Vito Russo, GLAAD, GLBTmedia awards host Andy Cohen of Bravo posed the hypothetical question of how she would come out if she was actually a closeted lesbian. "And my Plan B would be to insert 'I'm gay' under my photo during the In Memoriam segment of the Oscars!" When she was then asked to choose a partner from a group of lesbian icons Ms. Fey chose CNN financial guru Suze Orman over MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and several others. "It's the blazer," she explained, "although I do love Rachel's hair."

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Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Ninth Annual OUTAuction NYC Held Recently

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation raised $165,000 from the auction of works by the GLAAD Top 100 Artists at its Ninth Annual OUTAuction NYC held recently at Manhattan's Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street) on Sunday November 21, 2010.

Jill Zarin (The Real Housewives of NYC) hosted the event and welcomed fellow cast members Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, and Sonja Morgan. Other special guests attending included:

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee
  • David Bromstad (HGTV's Color Splash)
  • Scott Herman (The Real World: Brooklyn)
  • Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge (The Fabulous Beekman Boys)
  • Mike Ruiz (The A-List)
  • Sheree Whitfield (BRAVO's The Real Housewives of Atlanta)

VIP Ticket holders were entered in a raffle for a chance to win a dinner with host Jill Zarin, as well as products from her bedding line, among other prizes.

Zarin has been an important GLAAD ally for many years. She was recently seen participating in Spirit Day, remembering youth who committed suicide as a result of anti-LGBT bullying

Said Zarin, "I am proud to serve as host for this year's GLAAD OUTAuction event. I know that the media plays an important role in how we view others, and I'm proud to support GLAAD's work to share powerful stories about LGBT people with all Americans."

The Ninth Annual OUTAuction, presented by Bud Light and ROKK Vodka, featured a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions as well as a VIP after party. Proceeds from the event benefit GLAAD's work to amplify the voices of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by sharing stories of LGBT people in news, entertainment and social media.

OUTAuction NYC also featured a live auction featuring:

  • El Jardine, Pablo Picasso, 1955 (Robert John Russo Gallery)
  • Composition I, Joan Miro, 1967 (Robert John Russo Gallery)
  • Untitled Nude VII, Herb Ritts, Miami, 1997 (Herb Ritts Foundation)
  • Les Capricesas de Goya, Salvador Dali, 1977

Additional members of the honorary host committee who have lent their names in support of the event included:

  • singer/songwriter Robbie Williams
  • Randy Jackson (American Idol)
  • actor Fran Drescher
  • comedian/humanitarian Kate Clinton
  • Vicky Gunvalson (The Real Housewives of Orange County)
  • Heather McDonald (Chelsea Lately)
  • Kyra Sedgwick (TNT's The Closer)

Among the artists selected to show at the event are Brian Cyr, an openly gay artist who was discharged from the US Air Force under the now defunct "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy; Gina Garan, famous for her role in the reintroduction of the Blythe doll and her photobook This Is Blythe; Argentinean artist Mirta Kupferminc; filmmaker Jane Martin, and Manhattan-based author/photographer Alex Geana.

GLAAD's Arts Advisory Committee selected the 100 featured artists from a pool of over 350 submissions. This year's Arts Advisory Committee draws talent from leading voices in the industry, including Jaclyn Acker and Andy Fligel from Chelsea Frames, Brian English of the Herb Ritts Foundation, artist Amy Levin, Alexander and Bonin Gallery Director Oliver Newton, Wayne Snellen of The Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation, curator Irene Shum Allen and president of the Andy Warhol Foundation Joel Wachs.

for more info and future events go to:

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Ninth Annual OUTAuction NYC
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street

New York, NY

104 West 29th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
W: 212-629-3322
F: 212-629-3225

ImageNation 2010 Revolution Awards

The ImageNation Cinema Foundation honored actress Ruby Dee and other trailblazing members of the entertainment, business and political worlds at its ImageNation 2010Ruby Dee Revolution Awards Gala Reception on December 2, 2010. Georgia Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis was scheduled to speak but was stuck in Washington to handle several crucial votes so he appeared live through Skype.

Honorees Ruby Dee, Lynn Whitfield, Debra L. Lee, Lisa Cortés, Stanley Nelson, Tom Burrell, and Iris Morales were in attendance at the 7 pm ceremony held in at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.

This year's categories included:

  • Legendary Actress Ruby Dee -- the Revolution Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Congressman John Lewis -- the Revolution Award for Freedom 
  • BET Chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee -- the Revolution Award for Visionary Leadership in Television
  • Burrell Communication Group Chairman Emeritus and author of Brainwashed Tom Burrell -- the Revolution Award for Pioneering Leadership in Media Enterprise 
  • Producer Lisa Cortés (Precious executive producer) -- the Revolution Award for Trailblazing in Independent Film & Music 
  • Filmmaker and activist Iris Morales -- the Revolution Award for Activism 

Actor Jamie Hector was MC and Actress Lynn Whitfield presented the award to Cortés.

BET Networks is the presenting sponsor of the 2010 ImageNation Revolution Awards, which is produced in partnership with The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC).

ImageNation President and Executive Director Moikgantsi Kgama and Executive Producer Gregory Gates created the Revolution Awards to give  to individuals who inspire social change, blaze new trails, help foster solidarity throughout the African Diaspora, and promote or advance the arts, including Black and Latino film and culture.

The event included an advance screening of documentarian Stanley Nelson’s film Freedom Riders, which will air on PBS in 2011. The film is the powerful account of more than 400 black and white civil rights workers who transformed America over six months in 1961. The film was preceded by a introduction by filmmaker Nelson and Lewis, one of the Freedom Riders.

ImageNation 2010 Revolution Awards
Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 2010
The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater
165 W. 65th Street (Plaza Level, near Amsterdam Av.)

Franco, Hathaway to Host Oscar® Show

James Franco and Anne HathawayBeverly Hills, CA (November 29, 2010) – James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.

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