GLAAD to honor Greenblatt, Simmons

NBC exec and music mogul to be feted by Gay and Lesbian Alliance

NBC Entertainment topper Robert Greenblatt and entrepreneur Russell Simmons are set to feted by GLAAD.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation will present Greenblatt with Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the org’s Media Awards April 10 in Los Angeles. Simmons will receive the Excellence in Media Award March 19 in New York.

Previously announced to receive awards are Ricky Martin and Kristin Chenoweth.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

“Robert Greenblatt has brought groundbreaking stories about gay and transgender people to Americans that have shattered stereotypes,” said GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios. “By including stories of our community on some of America’s most talked-about shows, he has been instrumental in opening the door for so many of the current gay and transgender storylines that are continuing to advance equality.”

On Simmons, Barrios added: “Whether speaking out against the unfair nature of California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 or advocating for the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Russell Simmons has become a critical ally who inspires diverse communities across the country to support equality. As a cultural icon, Simmons’ steadfast support of our community has also encouraged countless gay and transgender people of color to be proud of who they are.”