GLAAD nods kick off its '09 awards season


Patrik-Ian Polk's "Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom" and Jonah Markowitz's "Shelter" tied for the award for best limited-release film at the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards, held Saturday at New York's Marriott Marquis.

Parvez Sharma's "A Jihad for Love" was named outstanding documentary.

Clay Aiken presented Tyra Banks with the excellence in media award, and T.R. Knight presented Suze Orman with the Vito Russo Award. In all, 29 awards were handed out at the ceremony.

Additional GLAAD honors will be announced April 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles and May 9 at the Hilton San Francisco. (partialdiff)