The 2012 annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in New York Saturday brought together celebrities, corporate partners, media professionals and young adults in order to support the organization's aim to amplify the voice of the LGBT community and achieve full equality.
The event celebrates the outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the media in areas including theatre, music, print media and advertising.
Organized first in the year 1990, the event currently is regarded as one of the most visible LGBT galas in the country.
Seventeen-year-old anti-bullying advocate Katy Butler received a Special Recognition Award for gathering over 400,000 signatures on an online petition pressing the Motion Picture Association of America to lower its R rating for a documentary called Bully.
The Associated Press reported that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were honored for their careers, which include producing Smash and the films Hairspray and Chicago.
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Other award categories include Outstanding Reality Program given to Dancing with the Stars popular TV program and Outstanding Film given to the movie Pariah which deals with an African-American teenager struggling to come out as a lesbian.
Start the slideshow to get a glimpse of the celebrities present at the event.