Glee Grabs GLAAD Award

Sykes accepts honor from prom-banned lesbian
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2010 2:28 AM CDT
Glee Grabs GLAAD Award
Actress and comedienne Wanda Sykes a GLAAD award from Mississippi teen Candace McMillen, whose school shut down her prom rather than allow her to attend with a female date.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

In real life, lesbian teens are banned from high school proms. But in the gay-friendly world of TV's Glee, male partners will be very "popular prom kings." That's the word from creator Ryan Murphy, who provided a sneak peak into the lives of Glee's exuburant singing high schoolers as his series snatched a GLAAD award over the weekend. Glee was honored by the gay rights organization as the comedy series that best promotes a positive image of gays, lesbians and the transgendered community.

Other award recipients at the Los Angeles fete were Tom Ford's film A Single Man, and Drew Barrymore for her support of GLAAD's community, notes Reuters. Lesbian Candace McMillan, whose Mississippi school shut down her prom rather than let her attend with her female date, presented an award to comedian Wanda Sykes for promoting civil rights. “I really should give this award to you, but I’m not going to do that because it means a lot to me," Sykes quipped to the teen. (More Glee stories.)

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