GLAAD Excellence in Media Award recipient

Supermodel. Actress. Singer. TV host. Mogul. And big-time ally of the LGTB community. Tyra Banks, through her daily talkshow, educates TV auds about life in the gay world by regularly featuring gay, lesbian and transgender guests.

The 2009 recipient of GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award thanked the gay community for empowering her. “And in turn, when I finally had a platform and a power and a voice, no longer just a face but a voice, to get across the points and the messages that were important to me, I brought you along with me,” Banks said in her acceptance speech in New York City.

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