22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Including Ricky Martin’s Speech, Plus Partially Clothed Vikings


All photos credit: Getty Images

30 Rock, True Blood, Russell
Simmons
and Ricky Martin were just a few of the honorees at
the 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on Saturday. (Note: this is the
first of GLAAD’s three annual events. The second will be held in Los Angeles in April, and the third in San Francisco in May.)

This
weekend’s NYC shindig was presented by ROKK Vodka, which also sponsored a
private reception and an after party. Plus, no doubt the next morning’s
hangover.

The Excellence in Media Award was
presented to hip hop artist Russell Simmons for his activism in repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and for his strong support of marriage equality.

Ricky Martin received the Vito Russo
Award
and gave this acceptance speech:

True Blood was honored for
outstanding drama series. Actor Denis
O’Hare
accepted on behalf of the show. Meanwhile, Tina Fey accepted 30 Rock‘s
award for outstanding
individual episode in a series without a regular LGBT character.

Anderson Cooper 360 was recognized for outstanding
TV journalism for its reporting on gay teen suicides.

On the
pages that follow we’ve got photos of the star studded affair. If you are wondering why so many celebrities
are posing with beefy, half-clothed Norsemen: those guys are the sponsor’s
mascot, The Rokk Vodka Vikings.

Chris March and the ROKK Vodka Vikings

Denis O’Hare

AfterElton: I have to ask, I know your
lips are probably sealed, but can you give us any spoilers about True
Blood
‘s next season? You’re in the concrete, but you’re alive …

Denis O’Hare: I am alive!

AE:  So any chance we’ll see you
in Season 4?

DO: Let’s put it this way: they
probably finish shooting in June … and it’s only March. So … you
never know.

AE:  Cryptic! Now, how did you
feel playing a character like Russell, who was this big bad vampire
uber-villain, but he also had such a soft spot, a tender side, for
his husband Talbot. Even though he’s the villain, you felt for him
when Talbot died.

DO: I know! I love that.

AE:  Was it difficult to find
that balance?

DO: No, the writing is so good on
True Blood, in that they always give you more than one thing – you
never play just one thing. And the character are complex enough that
everyone’s ambiguous. You know? How do you really feel about Bill?
How do you feel about Sookie? Or Tara? Everyone’s got good and bad
points, everyone behaves irrationally and emotionally. So I love that
with this vampire and with his boyfriend Talbot we get a different
flavor. We saw a domestic life, we saw a real relationship, a real
gay relationship, a gay marriage, which I thought was fantastic.

AE:  You just closed a play on
Broadway. Any theatrical project in your future?

DO: I’m gonna do a play next spring,
called An Iliad, at the New York theater workshop. It’s a play that
I’ve co-written with Lisa Peterson, and it’s about an hour and a
half, kind of our version of The Iliad.

 

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