The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) honored the efforts made in film, television and journalism, calling out Barrymore and comedian Wanda Sykes by name. "The thing that means the most to me about an evening like this, and why I want to fight and be outspoken, is because there are so many people who are in desperate need of family. So whatever governments we have to overcome, whatever adversity people have to overcome to create these families and have the legal things be out of the way so that love can exist and people can take care of one another, that's the most important thing in the world. That we take care of each other," Barrymore said when accepting the Vanguard Award.
Sykes was awarded with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award that is given to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person who has made a difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community. The comedic actress said jokingly when accepting her award, "This means the world to me and I promise that I will continue to be a voice, and hopefully a positive image, but I've got to tell you -- you might have to put up with a stint in rehab, I'm sorry."
The show "Glee" was also recognized for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Tom Ford's film 'A Single Man' was honored for Outstanding Film. Former "American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert rounded out the evening with an racy performance on the GLAAD Awards Show stage.
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