Ricky Martin Receives Vito Russo Award

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin recently received the Vito Russo Award in recognition of his work to promote the equal rights of the homosexual community. The event, organized by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation (GLAAD), was held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square Hotel in New York City.

Since openly declaring his homosexuality in March 2010, Martin has been speaking out in the media for equality for the LGBT community. President of GLAAD, Jarrett Barrios stated, “Through his music, videos and interviews, Ricky has sent an important message that our community wants the same things that everyone wants: the same opportunity to raise our families and take care of our loved ones.”

Previous winners of the Vito Russo Award—named for one of the founders of GLAAD—include Cynthia Nixon, Suze Orman, Rosie O’Donnell, Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane, Elton John, Liz Smith, kd lang, David LaChapelle, Brian Graden, and Tom Ford.

In addition to Martin, singer and Tony and Emmy award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth will receive the vanguard award, which is presented to media professionals who have increased the visibility and understanding of the gay community. Chenoweth was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Glee. She will receive the award at a ceremony in Los Angeles on April 10, 2011.

For full article (in Spanish), see http://www.elnuevodia.com/premiadopororganizaciongay-919186.html

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