Gay Ally Russell Simmons Honored
Producer of "Coming Out in the 1950s" a new
video in which teen journalists interview gay
elders about their coming out experiences
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In New York Russell Simmons will receive the GLAAD
Excellence in Media Award presented to media professionals
who through their work have increased the visibility &
understanding of our LGBT community. As the co-founder of
the iconic hip-hop record label Def Jam Recordings, Simmons
has tackled problems like inner city poverty, voter registration
among youth, HIV/AIDS awareness & full equality for LGBT
people. Simmons has spoken out on issues of concern to the
LGBT community & continues to urge Americans to support
full equality. In 2009, Simmons wrote an open letter to Gov.
David Paterson of New York urging him to continue supporting
marriage equality in the Empire State & in 2010 Simmons wrote
an open letter to the United States Senate, urging the repeal
of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Past recipients include Tyra Banks,
Julianne Moore, Diane Sawyer, Glenn Close, Billy Crystal, Patti
LaBelle, Vanessa Redgrave, Joy Behar & Phil Donahue.
GLAAD previously announced that Grammy Award-winning
singer Ricky Martin would receive the Vito Russo Award in NYC.
Special guests for the New York event also include Wilson Cruz,
Tina Fey, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Brent Ridge & Jane Velez-Mitchell.
The NYC GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held on March
19, 2011 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
For All GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS Info: glaad.org
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