Cynthia Nixon receives award from gay organization

Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:37am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gay media group GLAAD honored the TV series "Brothers & Sisters" and singled-out actress Cynthia Nixon for her work at a Saturday night gala highlighting gay marriage rights.

"We are bringing marriage back to its fundamentals and revitalizing it from its roots up," "Sex and the City" actress Nixon said in accepting an honorary award at the 21st annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards.

ABC drama series "Brothers & Sisters" won the outstanding drama series award for their storyline of a gay married couple looking to start a family.

Actress Sigourney Weaver accepted the award for outstanding TV miniseries for Lifetime's "Prayers for Bobby." In the program, based on a true story, Weaver played a 1970s religious housewife who struggles to accept her son is gay.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" won the best talk show episode category for the episode "Ellen DeGeneres and Her Wife, Portia de Rossi."

Spanish-British film "Little Ashes" won for outstanding film in limited release, while among other winners for their coverage of gay and lesbian issues included MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," NBC, The New York Times, CNN and ESPN.com.

Joy Behar, a co-host of ABC's "The View," received the excellence in media award for bringing up gay rights on the popular daytime talk show.

But the night belonged to Nixon, who in 2009 announced at a gay marriage rally that she and her education activist girlfriend were engaged. She won the Vito Russo Award, named for the late gay activist and film historian.

GLAAD was founded more than 20 years ago to foster positive images of the lives of gay people in the wake of sensational media reporting on AIDS and other topics. Other awards will also be presented in Los Angeles in April and San Francisco in June.

(Reporting By Christine Kearney)

 
<p>Actress Cynthia Nixon poses for photographers as she arrives at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City March 13, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>