GLAAD unveils Media Award winners

Sir Ian McKellen has been named the recipient of the 1993 Stephen F. Kolzak award, the highest honor bestowed annually by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

GLAAD, which announced its 1993 Media Award winners yesterday, also gave high recognition to Tom and Roseanne Arnold, citing their sitcom “Roseanne” as outstanding TV comedy and also giving a special award to the Arnolds.

The Media Awards are given to honor outstanding portrayals of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in film, television and the recording industry, and accurate and enlightening coverage of the lesbian and gay community by news and print media.

Fox Broadcasting’s “Melrose Place” won the award for TV dramatic series. Fox picked up another award for its telefilm “Doin’ Time on Maple Drive.”

Tony Kushner’s epic play “Angels in America” received the GLAAD theater award , while Elton John’s song “The Last Song” won in the musicvideo category.

Garth Brooks’ song “We Shall Be Free” won for best song and VIVA!, a non-profit lesbian and gay Latino artists org, won for best community service.

This year’s visibility award was given to the “openly gay and lesbian members of the U.S. military.”

Among the awards to be presented by GLAAD in New York include: broadcast news segment, given to “20/20” for its segment “The Only Way Out”; to the New York Times for best newspaper coverage; the New Yorker for magazine coverage; to Anna Quindlen for best print journalist; to ABC’s “One Life to Live,” for television dramatic series; to the musical “Falsettos” for best theater production; and to columnist Liz Smith for best media columnist.