Glee Creator Promises Television's First 'Prom Kings' in Exchange For GLAAD Award
It was no surprise that Fox's Glee won a GLAAD award this weekend for best comedy. After all, the breakout series prides itself on embracing sexual diversity, from Rachel Berry's two-father family to Kurt's unrequited crush on Finn. So when writer/co-creator Ryan Murphy, himself openly gay, took the stage on Saturday to accept the award at the Hyatt Regent Century Plaza Hotel, he delivered a moving acceptance speech about the value of inclusion before lobbing a few juicy season two spoilers into the audience.
After thanking cast member Jane Lynch for openly discussing her engagement to longtime partner Lara Embry ("they're registered at Tiffany's"), Murphy moved on to another cast member, Chris Colfer, who plays openly homosexual character Kurt. Said Murphy, "We have so much love for our own Chris Colfer, who at age 19 when the media came calling, Chris was true to who he is instead of waiting to announce (that he's gay) at 40 when it doesn't matter...This show is about arts education and inclusion, and we are using the show in a great way."
Well yes, if you don't count that time that Fox publicity reportedly tried to keep Colfer from confirming his sexuality in media interviews.
Any who, Murphy revealed that in season two, Kurt will finally find love: "[He] will have a boyfriend, and they are going to be prom kings and popular."
In other GLAAD news, Tom Ford's A Single Man won an award for outstanding wide-release film, Drew Barrymore picked up the Vanguard Award for championing the LGBT community and Wanda Sykes accepted the Kolzak Award for promoting equal rights as a media professional.
· Glee Wins GLAAD Award [THR]