For the past few years the GLAAD Award for TV soap operas turned into a fierce soap opera itself as the organization devoted to fighting gay prejudice was accused of rewarding homophobia. This year, it looks like the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has done it again, but this time the group couldn't have known it was doing so.
This year's award for best TV soap showing a positive portrayal of gay life went to "One Life to Live" just a few days after TV Guide reported that ABC killed the Kyle and Fish love story because of negative reaction in focus groups. If that's really the reason ABC squashed the gay plotline, then it means that for the third year in a row this GLAAD award went to a TV show that actively discriminated against gays. Isn't that contrary to the reason GLAAD exists?
Yes, but the decision to give this award to "One Life to Live" was made before the shocking disclosure by TV Guide, so GLAAD cannot be blamed this time. Nelson Branco has more details of the hubbub here. Read GLAAD's denunciation of ABC's decision to boot "Kish" here.
However, GLAAD still must endure criticism for giving the award twice to "As the World Turns" while the soap's producers refused first to let characters Noah and Luke kiss on air, and then to get more physical – as heterosexual characters do all the time. Read more here.
Below, the full list of the latest GLAAD Award winners. See The Envelope's photos of the star-packed awards ceremony in Manhattan here.
EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA AWARD: Joy Behar (presented by Meredith Vieira)
VITO RUSSO AWARD: Cynthia Nixon (presented by Michael Patrick King)
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: Brothers and Sisters (ABC) [Accepted by show writer Geoffrey Nauffts]
OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES: Prayers for Bobby (Lifetime) [Accepted by Sigourney Weaver and producers Daniel Sladek and Damian Ganczewski]
OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM SEGMENT: "Why Will Won't Pledge Allegiance" American Morning (CNN) [Accepted by Will Phillips and "American Morning" producer Beth Marengo]
OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE: (TIE): "'We Love You, This Won't Change a Thing'" by John Buccigross (ESPN.com) [Accepted by John Buccigross and Patrick Burke, brother of Brendan Burke] and "Why Can't You Just Butch Up? Gay Men, Effeminacy, and Our War with Ourselves" by Brent Hartinger (AfterElton.com) [Accepted by Brent Hartinger]
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Hair [Accepted by Gavin Creel]
OUTSTANDING FILM-LIMITED RELEASE: "Little Ashes" (Regent Releasing)
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL EPISODE: "Pawnee Zoo" Parks and Recreation (NBC)
OUTSTANDING DAILY DRAMA: "One Life to Live" (ABC)
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW EPISODE: "Ellen DeGeneres and Her Wife, Portia de Rossi" "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (syndicated)
OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE: "Uganda Be Kidding Me" (series) "The Rachel Maddow Show" (MSNBC)
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: "Kept From a Dying Partner's Bedside" by Tara Parker-Pope (The New York Times)
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST: Frank Rich (The New York Times)
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER OVERALL COVERAGE: The New York Times
OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Coming Out in Middle School" by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (The New York Times Magazine)
OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE OVERALL COVERAGE: The Advocate
OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK: "Detective Comics" by Greg Rucka (DC Comics)
OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: Broadway & Off–Broadway: "A Boy and His Soul" by Colman Domingo
OUTSTANDING NEW YORK THEATER: Off–Off Broadway: "She Like Girls" by Chisa Hutchinson
OUTSTANDING NOVELA: "Más Sabe el Diablo" (Telemundo)
OUTSTANDING DAYTIME TALK SHOW EPISODE: "Adopción gay: un tema muy controversial" "Paparazzi TV Sensacional" (MegaTV)
OUTSTANDING TALK SHOW INTERVIEW: "Realidades de ser gay en la tercera edad" "El Show de Cristina" (Univision)
OUTSTANDING TV JOURNALISM – NEWSMAGAZINE: (TIE) "En el cuerpo equivocado" Primer Impacto" (Univision) & "Damas gracias: Entrevista con Eva Leivas-Andino" Al Rojo Vivo (Telemundo)
OUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: "Mas familias de dos papás o dos mamas" by Pilar Marrero (La Opinión)
OUTSTANDING MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Del odio a la justicia" by Lena Hansen (People en Español)
OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALISM ARTICLE: "Saliendo del clóset: Cómo enfrentarlo en familia" by Fernanda Martínez (Univision.com)
NOTE: An ealier draft of this article incorrectly stated that the GLAAD soap opera award was bestowed at a small ceremony held prior to the large gala on Saturday. In fact, the award winner was just announced in a press release issued that day. The article also stated that bestowal of the soap award was previously part of the main ceremony, but a spokesman insists, "We actually have not announced the winner in the Daily Drama category onstage in years." Gold Derby is investigating that claim.