GLAAD Awards run gamut

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Rufus Wainwright, MTV Networks president Brian Graden and the CBS soap opera "As The World Turns" were among the big winners Monday at the 19th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards.

Strand Releasing's Middle East political romance "The Bubble" and Paramount's fantasy "Stardust" (featuring Robert De Niro as a gay pirate) took home outstanding film awards, as did First Run's religion documentary "For the Bible Tells Me So."

"Turns" won outstanding daily drama. The show includes a gay romantic story line.

Judy Shepard won the top Excellence in Media Award for her efforts to stop anti-gay violence after the death of her son Matthew Shepard. Graden took home the Vito Russo Award for his networks' inclusion of gays in programming, and cable network BET J won special recognition for the same.

ABC's "Boston Legal" won outstanding individual episode (in a series without a regular lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered character) for "Do Tell."

Segments from CBS' "60 Minutes" ("Don't Ask Don't Tell") and ABC's "20/20" ("My Secret Self: A Story of Transgender Children") saw the shows tie for outstanding TV newsmagazine journalism. CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360º" won outstanding TV journalism news segment for "The First Casualty."

Wainwright was named outstanding music artist for his "Release the Stars" album. Terry Moore's "Strangers in Paradise" won outstanding comic book.

Twenty-six of GLAAD's 40 awards were presented Monday at New York's Marriott Marquis.

Additional awards will be presented in South Florida on April 12 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Los Angeles on April 26 at the Kodak Theatre, and in San Francisco on May 10 at the San Francisco Marriott.
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