*Talk show host Wanda Sykes and the Logo series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” picked up awards over the weekend at the 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards, presented by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation at the Hyatt Regent Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Sykes, who came out publicly as a lesbian in November 2008, was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which honors a LGBT media professional for promoting equal rights.
“I want to thank the Fox network for allowing me to do the show I’m doing; it’s like Rupert Murdoch buying back all the hate — like I’m saving him from going to hell,” Sykes joked in her acceptance speech.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” was named outstanding reality program at Saturday’s show, which was hosted by Candis Cayne and Wilson Cruz and included a two-song performance by Adam Lambert and appearances by Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir and “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Eric Dane.
Fox’s “Glee” won for best comedy, writer-director Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” picked up the award for outstanding wide-release film and Drew Barrymore received the Vanguard Award for her history of championing the LGBT community.
“The thing that means the most to me about an evening like this or why I want to fight and be outspoken about (gay rights) is there are so many people who are in desperate need of families,” Barrymore said in accepting the award. “That is the most important thing in the world: that we take care of each other because this is a family.”