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Call it GLAAD’s Year of Chaz.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Saturday handed out two additional prizes to Chaz Bono as part of the watchdog group’s 23rd annual Media Awards.
Bono, whose transition from female to male was chronicled in Becoming Chaz, was joined on stage at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles by directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato to pick up the prize for outstanding documentary for the OWN release.
In addition, Bono was also honored with GLAAD’s Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented annually to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Cher presented her son with the award and was joined on stage by Rep. Mary Bono Mack.
Bono’s two awards come a month after the organization recognized ABC’s Dancing With the Stars as outstanding reality program after a season in which Bono became the reality competition series’ first transgender contestant.
In other categories, ABC’s Modern Family took home the GLAAD Award for outstanding comedy series, with star Jesse Tyler Ferguson accepting the honors. The Steve Levitan/Christopher Lloyd comedy shared the honor in the category last year with Fox’s Glee.
Drop Dead Diva‘s Josh Berman and Brooke Elliott and Hot in Cleveland‘s Betty White, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick accepted honors for their respective series for outstanding individual episode, for “Prom” and “Beards,” respectively.
Focus Features’ romantic dramedy Beginners, starring Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor and Melanie Laurent, was honored as outstanding film, wide release. Plummer took home a supporting actor Academy Award for the role.
The Hunger Gamesstar Josh Hutcherson received GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.
The actor, 19, is a founder of the LGBT ally organization Straight But Not Narrow and has remained outspoken about equality. Hutcherson co-starred as the son of a lesbian couple in the 2010 pic The Kids Are All Right, which took home the GLAAD Award for outstanding feature, wide release. Benicio del Toro presented the award.
Bono and Hutcherson were joined by Smash executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who picked up the Vito Russo Award earlier this year.
During the ceremony, Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell, along with her partner Alicia Burns and their four children, appeared on stage to gather signatures from attending celebrities to petition the Boy Scouts to end the exclusion of gay scouts and parents. Tyrrell was ousted as her son’s den leader earlier this month because of her sexual orientation. Thousands have already signed Tyrrell’s petition.
The GLAAD Media Awards fund the organization’s efforts to bring stories of LGBT people and issues to Americans. Each year, the events raise nearly $3.5 million for the group.
For a complete list of winners, go to glaad.org/mediaawards.
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