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article imageGay-advocacy award for ‘Sex and the City’ star

By Andrew John     Mar 14, 2010 in Entertainment
Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda in Sex and the City, was honoured for her gay advocacy last night (Saturday) at the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York.
Nixon, who’s openly gay, campaigned heavily last year for passage of a gay-marriage bill. It ultimately died in the New York Senate. She also has often appeared at demos and rallies and demonstrations with her fiancée, Christine Marinoni.
Nixon took home the Vito Russo Award, while Joy Behar, host of CNN Headline News’s The Joy Behar Show, was presented with an Excellence in Media Award.
“Cynthia Nixon has been a vocal and visible advocate who has transformed cultural attitudes about our community,” Jarrett Barrios, president of GLAAD – the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation – said in January.
“She is a perfect example of how sharing your personal story and speaking out for marriage equality can inspire change among fair-minded Americans. It is our privilege to honour her.”
ABC’s Brothers & Sisters was named outstanding drama series. The Sunday-night offering features a gay couple, Scotty and Kevin, who, this season, are trying to become fathers.
Other winners include the MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, the Lifetime network film Prayers for Bobby, which stars Sigourney Weaver as a Christian mother coming to terms with the death of her gay son, and NBC’s Parks and Recreation.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize positive portrayals of the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in 41 categories, including television, film, the Web and print media. More awards are to be presented in Los Angeles on April 17 and in San Francisco on June 5.
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