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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The gay watchdog group GLAAD honored Suze Orman at its annual media awards on Saturday, and the financial guru exhorted her followers to "invest in companies that invest in you."
"Take note of which companies put their time and money behind gays and lesbians," Orman, an Emmy award winning CNBC star who is openly gay, told the audience at the 20th Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation awards in Manhattan.
Orman cited General Electric, Avon, QVC, Random House and CNBC as companied which had supported her.
Phil Donahue, an outspoken advocate for gay rights who hosted a popular talk show for some 30 years, also received a special honor.
Model Tyra Banks received the Excellence in Media award and said she was grateful for the support from the gay community as she was starting her career.
"You were the ones that told me that my (oversized) ass was beautiful," said the host of "America's Next Top Model" and "Tyra."
People en Espanol was honored as outstanding Spanish language magazine while ESPN.com was cited for outstanding journalism for the article "Gay Athletes are Making Their Mark."
Writing by Chris Michaud, editing by Alan Elsner