Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Glaad Media Awards Salutes the Gayest Films and Television

Okay darlings, I have to say the HIGHLIGHT of the evening was the opening BIT by Kathy Griffin.

Griffin brought on stage the newest star of her reality show MY LIFE ON THE D LIST, her mother clocking in at 89 years old.

Kathy asked her about the extent of her gay knowledge since moving to West Hollywood.

First let me say this, Kathy would not tell the GLAAD people what she was going to do.

The bit went on like this:
Kathy: "So mom, what's in with the gay community these days, "
Mom: "Abs"
Kathy: "What's out with the gay community?" Mom: "Carbs".
"Mom has your gaydar gotten better with age or is it like hearing?" Mom: "No it's gotten better."
Kathy: "Mom what's the gayest thing you've ever done."
Mom: "Shopping." Kathy: "If you could could hop the fence for any lesbian who would it be?"
Mom: "Suzie Ormond".
Kathy: "Mom, would you like to thank the entire community for supporting me all these years so you don't have to?"
Mom "Yes. Thank you."
Kathy, "And finally, who is the gayest person in this room?"
Mom, after a beat looking out in the audience, "Is Ryan Seacrest here?"

Okay, so you can imagine how 2400 homos BURST out laughing over that one!

What you might not know is that after the New York Glaad Award host Graham Norton made a gay joke about Ryan Seacrest last week, the Glaad people stepped in and basically forbid anyone to make a gay Ryan Seacret joke.

Since Kathy didn't run her jokes by them, of course it slipped in. Let's see if it makes the BRAVO broadcast.

Kathy won BEST REALITY SHOW. I remember the first time I heard Kathy speak, which was at a Center fundraiser years before her big gay stardom.

She was so eloquent and absolutely unforgiving of homophobia. It was a wonderful, heartfelt and even ANGRY speech, full of humour and I am not surprised years later, the gay community has embraced her.

Anyway, onto the rest of the evening. My gift bag vlog is at the end.

Sara Silverman
Sarah Silverman from the GLAAD nominated Sarah Silverman Show.

Jennifer Biels glaad 2008 awards
Jennifer Biels is a big ole lezzie on Showtimes THE L WORD, a Glaad Nominated show in the best drama category.

Leslie Jordan, who can be seen next in LOGO's much anticipated new series SORDID LIVES.

jeremy glazer glaadActor/producer Jeremy Glazer with out recording star Guy B.

The boys love the Field. She is currently starring as the matron of a wealthy dysfunctional family in SoCal in the winner of the best drama award BROTHERS & SISTERS.

Test your Sally Knowledge. In what film/show did she star as 1) A woman married to God 2) A Union Organizer 3) A woman with more than one personality! and the bonus question, what superstar hunk who ruled the Box Office in the 1970's was her paramour for a while? Answers below.

tr knight glaad media awards 2008TR Knight with his sig other Mark (far right) and someone I don't know!

Meow. Nice kitty. The boys (and girls) all love Candis Cayne. The first and only...ONLY BABIES...Trans star playing a positive Trans character on network television in DIRTY SEXY MONEY.

glaad media awards neil giuliani ugly betty 2008 gayStars of one of the GAYEST shows on television UGLY BETTY and to prove it, they won the BEST COMEDY award. These kids had a lot of fun at the after party! .

The show's creator Silvio Horta said in his acceptance speech, "I wanted to make a show with Latino characters, African Americans and gay characters. Those pesky network execs had me add some straight white people too."

Tom and Jason, from our fabulous VIP dinner table.
Joe, Craig and I believe Emily.

William Barrantes from Ariztical and friend.

With out actress Patricia Melone.

Out actor David Dean Bottrell (aka Lincoln Meyer from Boston Legal) and one of his adoring fans.

With Jessica and Parker, both whom I know from our work at HRC.

Michelle, from OUT@ Warner Brothers at the rocking after party at East/West.

Jenny and her GF sneaking out early.

Fitz, Sean and Lezzie Lizzie

Cindy Crawford accepted the award for Herb Ritts
I had a blast with these lesbians at the end of the night!! Samantha Sprecher from the OUTFEST board with wife Monica and Pia Glenn, a woman who knows Stephen Sondheim! Personally. Like he calls her on her cel phone!!!

Jeff and Adam. Bitches sat in the second row!!!

Out actor Wilson Cruz and ubergaydirectorproducer Q Allan Brocka.

Me with our Ladies of Logo, Nicol Paone (The Big Gay Sketch Show) and Andrea James (TransAmerican Love Story)

The winner in the best gay film category was THE BUBBLE. This is actually an incredible film about roommates and friends living in Tel Aviv and what happens when an Israeli boy starts dating a Pakistanian boy. It's hysterically funny, sweet and real, then ultimately sad and horrifying.

To check out it out, go here:

I'm going to apologize now for this vlog.

I have to admit, it's hard to continue to do my gift bag vlogs without my cohost, Jack the Cat who died last month. The other freeloaders that live with me were not good cohosts, as you can tell from this vlog. Plus, it was 3 am and I was EXHAUSTED.

I do go over the highlights of the evening, including what Janet Jackson wore, how Christina Crawford's legs looked, and Ellen's funny bit at the end of the show.

Please everyone, take the time in the next week or so to visit the network web sites and VIEW the winners and nominees. We need to support those who support us. If you click on these shows on their network page, you are showing support. I've made it easy for you by including the links below.

Degrassi High

Listen people, we have a lot of ENEMIES. When Jerry Falwell or James Dobson tell their millions of constituents to boycott advertisers of gay shows, THEY DO IT. So please... help those who help us. All you have to do is click on these links to let the powers that be KNOW that you watch these shows.

Kisses. Really. I mean it, kisses.

FYI, The good photos above are care of Brian Putnam and Absolut.

SALLY FIELD answers: 1) The Flying Nun, 2) Norma Rae 3) Sybil 4) Burt Reynolds

9 pithy remarks. Click here to Comment:

TheWeyrd1 said...

I got all the Sally Field questions right...sigh...all that means is I'm old enough to remember the Flying Nun AND Burt Reynolds. Thanks for the inside scoop and I'll be sure to visit all the shows sites via your links!

Anonymous said...

Hey JD,

Glad to see you're doing well (no pun intended)! Indeed, I remember "wicked cool"! Luckily, the only New Englanders still using that expression are those with acid-washed jeans and REALLY big hair.

Congrats on your success,

Jim from BU

citizen spot said...

"Longer than Roots" Hahahaha!
Thanks for posting all of the wonderful pictures and sharing your swag bag items. And thanks for the handy links. I am off to show my appreciation for those shows now!

JD said...

Yes, Jim, YOU'RE THE ONE I got "wicked" from. That and I my love of Cyndi Lauper.

Lesberita said...

Looks like you had a ton of fun and I am thinking you and I need to become BFF's asap so I go and party with you and all the cool kids! I interviewed Nicol Paone a year ago, and I have to say, she is a real class act and a total sweetheart!

Lesberita said...

Hey Jim,

I thought you might like to know that I am a born-and-raised New Englander and living now in CA for a year, but I still like "wicked" slip from my vocab quite frequently. I also do not wear acid-washed jeans or really big hair (on purpose).

Jim from BU said...

HA! Cyndi Lauper!

I'm sure I'm not old enough to know what you're talking about. I'm wondering if you ever managed to save enough money in the red pig for a trip to China.

Minnie-sota said...

JD, I'm just getting a chance to see your GLAAD Awards Coverage. Work was overwhelming this week.

You looked fabulous in those photos.

I knew all the answers to the Sally Field questions without peeking. UNION!

I love Kathy Griffin and her Mom.

Lee said...

Hi you crazy blogger!! miss you !! but your daily blogs keep me feeling connected, Egypt was amazing back in NYC and LA on Thursday can't wait to catch up... keep up the good work..