Tyra, Clay Aiken, Suze Orman Get GLAAD in NYC


Smiling with their eyes. And Clay’s teeth.

GLAAD served up a third of its annual Media Awards in NYC on Saturday night. Tyra Banks and Suze Orman were the night’s big honorees, with Ty-Ty getting the Excellence in Media Awards for all the gay goodness she delivers on her talk show and on America’s Next Top Model. Yep, you can debate how hard of a stretch it is for La Banks to put gay folks on TV when she’s producing a show about fashion and the modeling industry and a daytime talk show, which has long been a showcase for LGBT issues, if often for the sensationalistic nature of how the topic is featured (“Gasp! My husband is GAY!” or “Men who want to be Women!!”). But still, Tyra’s a big star and a gay icon, so… There ya go!

Clay Aiken appeared to introduce Tyra. Do with that what you will. It’s good that Clay’s out gaying it up openly. And evidently he guest stars on Top Model this week, so thus the Tyra link. And… That’s about it, thanks.

Finance and money-advice guru Suze Orman is a goddess, however, so it was fun to see her get praise (she won GLAAD’s Vito Russo Award) for being a longtime lesbian and outspoken media queen. Onsage, Orman was all enthusiasm and energy, calling on the big gay GLAAD audience to only spend money on corporations who support the LGBT community, calling out those who’ve supported her, like CNBC, GE, Random House, Avon, Oprah and such. Suze thanked her long-term partner, KT Travis, and the two were all over the event, hugging and talking and posing for photos with anyone who’d approach them. Total delights!!!


Suze Orman and her partner K.T. Travis. Yay!

More on the stars and a zillion pics after the jump!


Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz displays her future fashionista offspring.


Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom director Patrik-Ian Polk scored a trophy for Best Indie Film, sharing the honor with the film Shelter.

Noah’s Arc stars Darryl Stephens and Jensen Atwood were on hand as well. And looking good, as always.

24’s Prez and Broadway uber-star Cherry Jones served up some bare arms, Michelle Obama-style.

Shelter’s Brad Rowe. Why doesn’t he make more movies? More Brad, please!

Hot baller DeMarco Majors from Logo’s Shirts & Skins.

Wow! Samantha from “Sex and the City” has ballooned! Oh wait, it’s Hedda Lettuce accosting Mr. Big (Chris Noth).

Project Runway alum Jack Mackenroth with Real Housewives of NY survivor Brad Boles.

As The World Turns’ Jake Silbermann and Van Hansis onstage. The pair opened the show, adorably (of course).

Baby got back! Fringe star Jasika Nicole. Cute!

ANTM’s Jay Emanuel.

Actor Joshua Cruz (The hot little brother of Wilson Cruz. Can’t ya tell?) and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Their drag/voguing Off-Broadway musical, “Wig Out” snagged a GLAAD prize.

Everyone’s favorite gay-supporting TV mom, Judith Light; with faboo comedian Kate Clinton. Love them both!

Out ESPN reporter L.Z. Granderson took home a trophy for best digital journalism for piece on gay athletes. Singer Ari Gold was his man-date. Cute!


Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan came. They rule.

A shot of the fierce Suze Orman onstage, commanding us all to “Spend every penny wisely!!! Support gay-friendly corporations!!!!” I’m not about to disobey the Suze.


Finally, the hotness that is Vanessa Williams with her Ugly Betty minion, Michael Urie. Vanessa’s evidently a big RuPaul’s Drag Race fan. On the red carpet she was asking reporters “Where’s Bebe Zahara Benet? Is Bebe here????” Wurk, Wilhelmina!!!